Tubestock vs Pots

Tubestock vs Pots

At the KES Community Nursery we are often asked for plants in larger pots. We prefer to sell our plants in tubestock for various reasons, however the most important reason is that plants have a higher survival rate when planted from tubestock rather than from pots. Plants in pots are older than those in tubes and the longer a plant stays in the optimal conditions of a nursery, the longer it takes to adapt to the harsh outside world. They are also more likely to have become root bound, and struggle to develope a strong root structure once planted. This is why we only grow a select number of species onto pots for sale. 

Case Study:

In February 2009 we planted 3 messmate gums at the nursery. Two were tubestock and the third was a more mature plant in a 30cm pot.

On the right is a comparison in growth rates between planting tubestock and a more mature tree.

Compare their heights against the fence railing. After 20 months the two tubestocks are approximately double the height of the 30 cm pot tree.

30cm pot


One week after planting.

Five months after planting.

Fourteen months after planting.

Twenty months after planting.

The nursery was hit by strong winds 2 years after planting.

The less developed roots of the tree from the 30cm pot could not provide sufficient support and the tree soon died. The tubestock trees were not affected.