Collection and Care of Sycamore Seeds

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Seeds of low quality will yield seedlings of low quality (and high production expense) in the nursery. No treatments exist that can turn poor seeds into good ones. To help insure a supply of good sycamore seed, remember these key points: (1) delay collections until fruits are mature; (2) dry fruits properly for extraction; (3) clean the extracted seeds well, and because of the fine hairs, take safety precautions to avoid inhalation; (4) upgrade the seed lot; (5) store seeds at 0° to 5° C. and 5- to 10-percent moisture content; and (6) have seeds tested properly.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Project leader, technology of eastern forest tree seed, USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Starkville, Mississippi

Publication date: February 1, 1979

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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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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