Chapter 12: Irrigation in Forest-Tree Nurseries - Monitoring and Effects on seedling Growth
The main objective of nursery irrigation is to avoid unwanted seedling moisture stress and its negative consequences for seedlings. Soil water potential, best measured by the tensiometer, decreases as soil water content drops; this relationship changes with soil texture. The secret of effective nursery irrigation is to keep soil pores filled with the proper balance of water and air to minimize moisture stress.
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Author(s): Stephen E. McDonald
Publication: Nursery Manuals - Forest Nursery Manual—Bareroot