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Effect of Nursery Culture on the Growth of Western Hemlock Seedlings During the First Year of Field Establishment

Author(s) or contact(s): C. O'Reilly, J.N. Owens, J.T. Arnott, and B.G. Dunsworth
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Seedling Performance
Series: FRDA Report
Other details:  Published 1989. Hardcopy is available.


This effects of nursery pretreatments, such as dormancy induction (photoperiod and moisture availability), two styroblock cavity sizes, and three dates of lifting and cold storage duration, on shoot length components were investigated in seedlings of western hemlock (Tsuga hetetophylla (Raf.) Sarg.) during their first year of growth on two sites on Vancouver Island, B.C. Seedlings pretreated to short days combined with moisture stress and those lifted in November had very short shoots. Seedlings pretreated to long days and those lifted in March had the longest shoots. Because most stem units were performed during bud development in the nursery, differences in stem unit length had a larger impact on shoot length than differences in number of stem units. Lammas growth was most frequent in seedlings from the smaller cavities and in those from the November and March lifts.

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