What we use (machine)

VSL operates the UK's only mechanical machine. We run a Wagner Champion 2, double row planter. The double row planter enables us to plant the same volume of plants as a single row machine, whilst travelling at a considerably slower speed. This results better quality of plantation, achieved through a more even root distribution in the soil, and a more complete backfill of soil into the planting hole.

The machine is guided by laser, to achieve perfectly, straight parallel vine rows:

Why Machined Vine Planting Must Be Done With Great Care And Skill

Classic ‘J' Rooting.  This vine has failed to establish, as a result of:

  • Roots not being trimmed to length
  • Planting machine being driven too fast
  • Workers not taking time to set depth of plants when placing in the planting machine
  • Workers not taking time to check the depth of plants in the ground, once planted
  • Vines therefore planted too low, with the long roots trailing on along the bottom of the cavity created by the machine. Almost no extra root growth produced in three years.
  • Adventitious roots have been produced further up the rootstock stem - as a reaction by the vine to the decline of the main root system.
  • This could have been avoided by root trimming and control of planting depth.

Contact details

Please contact us using the following details, or via our online enquiry form.

0345 340 5080 / 07946 816240
01245 476507