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Practical Guidelines for Producing Longleaf Pine Seedlings in Containers

Barnett, James P.; McGilvrary, John M.  1997. Practical guidelines for producing longleaf pine seedlings in containers. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-14. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 28p.

Extraction, Storage, and Transport

The grower may extract seedlings from the containers at the nursery or ship the containers with seedlings and extract them in the field. Extracting seedlings at the nursery reduces the bulk for shipping and limits the loss and damage of costly containers that are reused to reduce production costs.

During the extraction process, poorly developed seedlings can be discarded and the containers recycled. Seedlings should be placed in cardboard boxes for storage and shipment. Properly hardened, container longleaf seedlings can be extracted, boxed, and stored under refrigeration similar to bare-root stock.

Figure 15—Container seedlings have considerable bulk, and all-terrain vehicles provide a good means to distribute the seedlings to planters in the field.

They can also be held in containers in the nursery until ready for shipment. Seedling boxes should be designed for proper stacking strength, and racks may be needed in the trucks or trailers used for transportation. These boxes can also be used to facilitate distribution in the field (fig.15).

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