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Reef Balls created especially for Red mangroves have only 2 openings at the top and have a bottom made of a paint can lid designed to rust through after final planting so root systems can get to the natural soils they are planted on. Each Reef Ball is lined with burlap and filled with soil including a very slow release fertilizer and an iron supplement. 3-5 Red Mangrove propogules (seeds) are placed in each reef ball. The key to a good volunteer table is setting everything up to minimize the lifting and movement of the pots to their final location. Reef Balls were planted by local volunteers and school kids, Reef Ball international volunteers/staff, and Department of Evironment volunteers/staff.
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