Container Tree Manual – Volume 7

Container Tree Manual Volume 7

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Volume 7 – Seedling Processing, Storage, and Outplanting
The nursery manuals cover the normal sequence of nursery development, seedling propagation and outplanting. Volume seven covers the period from the when the crop is hardened-off and ready for harvest to when they go into the ground. The manual begins with an assessment of seedling quality and the decision to harvest and package for storage. The next chapter covers short and long-term seedling storage and monitoring of seedling quality during storage. Recommendations are provided for handling and shipping after storage. The final chapter covers outplanting, onsite handling and storage, planting techniques and monitoring outplanting performance.
USDA Forest Service, Agricultural Handbook 674
Thomas Landis, R. Kasten Dumroese, and Diane Haase

Table of Contents
Chapter 1-The Target Plant Concept

Pages 3-18

  • Introduction
  • Defining the Target Plant
  • Field Testing the Target Plant
  • Summary
  • Literature Cited
Chapter 2-Assessing Plant Quality

Pages 19-84

  • Introduction
  • Classes of Plant Quality Attributes
  • Morphological Attributes
  • Physiological Attributes
  • Performance Attributes
  • Correlating Combinations of Plant Quality Tests To Predict Outplanting Performance
  • Limitations of Plant Quality Tests
  • Commercial Plant Quality Testing Laboratories
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Literature Cited
  • Appendix
Chapter 3-Harvesting

Pages 85-106

  • Introduction
  • Scheduling the Winter Harvesting Window
  • Pre-storage Fungicide Treatments
  • Processing Speculation and Contract
  • Grading and Packaging
  • Packaging for Storage and Shipping
  • Processing Cull Seedlings
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Literature Cited
Chapter 4-Plant Storage

Pages 107-136

  • Introduction
  • Short-Term Storage for Summer or Fall Outplanting—”Hot-Planting”
  • Overwinter Storage
  • Nonrefrigerated Storage Systems
  • Refrigerated Storage
  • Monitoring Plant Quality in Storage
  • Causes of Overwinter Damage
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Literature Cited
Chapter 5-Handling and Shipping

Pages 137-153

  • Introduction
  • Minimizing Stresses During Handling
  • Handling and Shipping Systems
  • Nursery Stock Delivery
  • Summary and Recommendations
  • Literature Cited
Chapter 6-Outplanting

Pages 154-199

  • Introduction
  • Outplanting Windows
  • Onsite Handling and Storage
  • Pre-Planting Preparations
  • Selecting Plant Spacing and Patterne
  • Crew Training and Supervision
  • Hand-Planting Equipment
  • Machine Planting
  • Planting Equipment for Large Stock
  • Treatments at Time of Planting
  • Monitoring Outplanting Performance
  • Summary and Recommendations
  • Literature Cited