Chapter 5. Outplanting

Nursery plants are in a period of high risk from when they leave the protected environment of the nursery to when they are outplanted. It is important to remember that nursery plants are alive and perishable, and therefore should be treated with utmost care at all times. Stressful injuries incurred between harvesting and outplanting, however, are often not evident until several weeks or even months after planting. Because all types of abuse or exposure are cumulative, it is helpful to think of native plant quality as a checking account. Immediately before harvesting, plants are their maximum quality (100%), but all subsequent stresses are withdrawals from the account (Figure 5.1). It is impossible to make a deposit—nothing can be done to increase plant quality after leaving the nursery

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