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Spot-wise Direct Seeding for Redwood

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This article reports the results of direct seeding experiments conducted by the author from 1934 to 1949. Spot-wise direct seeding was undertaken because of the poor showing of planted nursery-grown stock in the period 1922-1930. The results of direct seeding varied from near-failures to near-successes. Principal reasons for failure in the germination stage are reported to be late seeding; intervention of dry weeks during germination; loss of seed by being washed out and buried too deeply outside the spot during heavy rains; by soil being washed onto the seed spots; and the effects of animals. Principal reasons for mortality of seedlings are unfavorable summer weather, hard-packed exposed soil following slash fires, and rodents. The author believes that direct seeding has sufficient merit to encourage others to repeat the experiments.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: May 1, 1950

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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