Planting Depth Affects Survival and Growth of Eastern White Pine
Two-year-old eastern white pine seedlings were planted at four depths to determine the effects on survival and height growth. Over a five-year period seedlings set three inches too deeply or two inches too shallow showed no harmful effects; however, no benefit in increased survival or height growth was evident. Seedlings planted six inches too deeply showed a significant decrease in survival and a reduction in height growth. Those planted at the six-inch depth developed a network of roots above the original root system, and the upper roots of the old root system were inclined upward into the surface soil.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Assistant Forest Mensurationist, West Virginia University Agric. Expt. Sta., Morgantown
Publication date: 1964-10-01
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