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Transplanting Stress in Bareroot Conifer Seedlings: Its Development and Progression to Establishment

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Transplanting stress is: (1) a temporary condition of distress from injuries, depletion, and impaired functions; (2) a process of recovery; and (3) a period of adjustment to a new environment. Some transplanting stress is unavoidable, even with good stock in a favorable environment. The degree and duration of stress depend on the interactions of seedling performance potential and the site environment. Renewal of root-to-soil contact is important for resumption of adequate water and nutrient uptake. Root growth is sensitive to soil temperature and plant moisture stress. If reserve carbohydrates are exhausted before they are replenished from photosynthesis, the seedlings may die. Preplant handling and postplant drought aggravate transplanting stress. Stress can be minimized by planting stock with high stress resistance, preserving seedling performance potential, preparing a favorable planting site environment, and planting the seedlings properly. North. J. Appl. For. 6:99-107, September 1989

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, East Campus-UNL, Lincoln, NE 68583-0822

Publication date: 1989-09-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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