TreeLines

July 2023 – 2nd Edition

Seedling Quality Counts

Seedling quality, along with the important decision of which genetics to plant, has a very significant impact on the long-term growth and value of a plantation. No matter what level of genetics or type of seedling you choose, the quality of the seedling makes a significant impact on long-term growth and value of your plantation. That’s why ArborGen is committed to providing you with the best quality seedlings available. And we have an unmatched seedling quality program in place to make sure that happens.

High-quality seedlings are better suited to survive periods of environmental stress and grow well after planting. At ArborGen, we follow the bareroot specifications detailed in this graphic from Auburn University Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative.

We produce seedlings with a woody stem and secondary needles, a 10 to 12-inch top, and a 6-inch tap root with eight or more primary lateral roots. We also target an average root collar diameter (RCD) of 5mm or more, and it should be free of insects and disease. The root collar diameter (RCD) is a key metric for quality seedlings and is an indirect measure of the root system. These specifications produce seedlings that work well for hand or machine planting operations.

Our container seedlings have similar specifications, with the key differences from bareroot being that the root length is limited to the length of the container, and container seedlings have a slightly smaller target RCD of 4 mm.


An Idealized Pine Tree Root System (Graph) | Arborgen

Every ArborGen nursery places seedling quality as a top priority. The nursery teams routinely monitor seedling health and growth, and since 2016, the ArborGen Product Development Seedling Quality Team has provided an independent assessment of seedlings at each nursery. 

Product Development In Nursery

Over 100,000 seedling measurements are collected every season across ArborGen nurseries to monitor the development of our crop. Each December, the Product Development Team will lift and measure seedlings to ensure they meet our target specifications.

The entire product development team and nursery personnel are committed to using data and science-based approaches to produce the best quality seedlings to give your plantation the best start.

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Article by Patrick Cumbie
Manager of Pine Development  for ArborGen Inc

Get to know your Reforestation Advisor

While there are more options than ever for genetics, stock type (containerized or bareroot), seedling spacing, and planting method, the decision process can be more manageable and smooth when you have a trusted partner to help.

Meet your team of Reforestation Advisors (RA’s) who bring you a wealth of expertise in silvicultural techniques and genetics selection to help you successfully establish a new forest. Here are some videos to get to know the Reforestation Advisor in your region – they’ll be happy to hear from you and answer questions.

Jason Watson

Director, U.S. Sales

Greg Hay

AR, Northern LA, OK

Jason Cromer

FL Gulf Coast, South AL

Paul Jeffreys, Ph.D.

Western TN, Northern AL, MS

Austin Heine

NC, VA

Shannon Stewart

Eastern TX, Southern LA

Kylie Burdette

SC

Client Results

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Williamsburg County, SC

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MCP® @ 3d Growing Season

Kemper County, MS

Seedling Availability

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Need a trusted partner to guide the way? Get in touch with a Reforestation Advisor to explore your options!
Austin Heine

Austin Heine

North Carolina and Virginia

910-660-3209

 

Jason Cromer

Jason Cromer

Florida Gulf Coast, South Alabama, Georgia

229-310-0648

Greg Hay

Greg Hay

Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, and Oklahoma

501-350-4217

Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart

Eastern Texas, Southern Louisiana

936-239-6189

Paul Jeffreys, Ph.d.

Paul Jeffreys, Ph.D.

Alabama & Mississippi, Manager Special Projects & Sustainability,

205-712-9582

Kylie Burdette

Kylie Burdette

South Carolina, U.S. Sales Manager

864-650-4454

Jason Watson

Jason Watson

Director, U.S. Sales

404-840-7489