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Home Publications Southern Pine Nursery Handbook 09. Seedling Quality, Grading, Culling and Counting

09. Seedling Quality, Grading, Culling and Counting

Quality in the context of this handbook means the seedling's fitness for planting in the forest. Two of the major attributes of seedling quality are: 1) sturdiness, i.e., the ratio of height to the diameter of the root collar, and 2) shoot-root ratio (with consideration for root structure). Given equal treatments, good quality seedlings have a better chance to become established and to make good early growth than do seedlings of poor quality.

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Author(s): Jack T. May

Publication: Southern Pine Nursery Handbook

Section: Chapter 9