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Chapter 6 - Bareroot Seedling Culture

The attributes of the ideal seedling (ideotype) depend on whether the regeneration forester is concerned with short-term or long-term reforestation goals. Once the regeneration forester specifies the ideotype, the nursery manager can proceed to convert seeds into as many seedlings of the desired ideotype as feasible. This Chapter reviews some of the practices nursery managers use to modify roots and shoots so the seedlings produced will match the desired ideotype. Major considerations necessary to produce quality seedlings include seed stratification, sowing density, sowing date, fertilization, and pruning. Emphasis is placed on the time of seedling emergence, which greatly affects mortality, development, and uniformity of the seedling crop.

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Author(s): John G. Mexal, David B. South

Publication: Forest Regeneration Manual

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