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16. Harvesting and Shipping

Plants are ready for harvest and delivery to clients after they have reached target specifications (see Chapter 3, Defining the Target Plant) and have been properly hardened to withstand the stresses of handling and outplanting (see Chapter 15, Hardening). The “harvesting window” is the time period during which plants are at target size, maximum hardiness, and most tolerant to stress, that is, they are in the best condition for harvesting, shipping, and outplanting. The harvest window timing needs to be coordinated with the client’s outplanting schedule to coincide with optimum conditions on the outplanting site.

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Author(s): Diane L. Haase, Tara Luna, Thomas D. Landis

Publication: Tropical Nursery Manual