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A friend sent me a youtube video on Air Pruning.  It is basically five gallon buckets with many holes and landscaping fabric inside to hold the soil inside.  Very similar to the grow bag idea.

The video mentions that roots will grow faster because of the air at the roots.

I have some very young fruit trees (Chinese Che and Jujube) that I will plant in a few weeks.  I would use this for short term only.

Does this make sense?

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Yes, it makes sense to prevent giredling roots, for shorf term potting.
 
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air pruning pots and fabric work great i use them for really small fruit trees until there big anough to go in the ground but i keep them in there for close to a year  the root look great when i transplant them no circling  and they explode when going in the ground

i wish nurseries  used them

 
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Do you use the rain gutter and net cup at the bottom of the bucket

I was thinking of just using drip irrigation with micro-spray heads and having holes near the bottom (2 inches) of the bucket for draining out the extra water. 

I am using 4 gallon hard boiled egg buckets from my office cafeteria.  It is square shaped and I put three 1 inch holes on each side face and some very thin landscaping cloth.

I may expand on this idea and try to grow some veggies under shade cloth in my tunnel greenhouse.   
 
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I once saw a way to air prune with natural things found on your own property. It was in a free book. Let me see if I can find it....

Ah! It was page 63 in Volume 3 of the Farmer's Handbooks (these are seriously awesome resource books detailing the nitty-gritty techniques of organic an permaculture gardening. And they're free! And aimed toward beginners, with lots of pictures.)

The books are free to download. They have lots of pictures of setting up a air pruning nursery. Basically, they make a "table" with legs of sticks/bamboo, and the table surface of straw and sticks. Then put a 6inch tall "walls"/frame around the edge of the table surface, and then fill that with soil. The pictures really explain it better than words do!
 
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