Field Grafting of Conifers for Christmas Tree Seed Orchards
The practice of establishing seed orchards for christmas tree seed production has been used for some time in the northeastern United States. Several tree growers have established seed orchards of their own tree selections that produce top quality Christmas trees under their growing conditions. They are selecting trees for: good color, form, late frost resistance (late flushing trees), less shearing required (naturally dense), and resistance to insects and diseases (a more recent attribute). The trees are established in a seed orchard usually in an area isolated from other trees so they can be monitored, evaluated, and pollinated either naturally or controlled for the production of superior Christmas tree seedlings and transplant stock.
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