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05. Seed Handling

Acquiring seed to grow nursery seedlings is an extremely important step in the regeneration process. The quality of the seedlings produced depends on both the proper seed source (provenance) and the correct processing, storage treatment and sowing of the seed. Although the cost of genetically improved seed is substantially higher than the cost of seed from wild stand collections, the higher yields of wood produced far outweigh the additional cost of the seed. This chapter provides information about the collection, processing, handling and storage of southern pine seeds. Additional information about these topics and about the individual species can be found in Agriculture Handbook No. 450, Seeds of Woody Plants in the United States. This handbook is the basic reference about forest tree seeds in the United States.

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Author(s): Earl W. Belcher, Jr.

Publication: Southern Pine Nursery Handbook

Section: Chapter 5.