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06. Sowing and Mulching

Each of the Southern pines has different but exacting requirements for seed germination and seedling establishment. To successfully produce millions of pine seedlings annually, it is essential for the nursery manager to choose the proper sowing date for each species, determine the correct sowing rate for each species and seed lot, prepare the seedbed properly to receive the seed, sow the seed at the proper depth, pack or roll the seed into the surface, cover the seed with a mulch during the germination period, and promptly start on an irrigation schedule that will provide optimum moisture during seed germination.

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Author(s): Jack T. May

Publication: Southern Pine Nursery Handbook

Section: Chapter 6