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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Issue 11 (1952) Soil Texture can Influence Forest Regeneration from Seed

Soil Texture can Influence Forest Regeneration from Seed

The texture of the soil can have a great effect upon- the survival of newly germinated seedlings. Soil texture therefore must be considered when the methods of reproducing a. specific cut-over tract -- natural seeding, artificial direct seeding, or the planting of seedlings -- are being decided. This is borne out by the fact that naturally dispersed coniferous tree seed has been observed to germinate better on fine textured - than on course textured soils in southwestern Oregon. One reason for this difference may be greater capacity of fine soils to replace surface water losses by capillary conduction from below. Thus they remain moist and favorable to germination for a longer period following rain.

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Author(s): G. L. Hayes

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Issue 11 (1952)