Canadian Forest Service Publications

The effect of dormancy induction, low temperatures and moisture stress on cold hardening of containerized black spruce seedlings. 1982. D'aoust, A.L.; Cameron, S.I. Pages 153-161 in J.B. Scarratt, C.A. Glerum, and C.A. Plexman, editors. Proceedings of the Canadian Containerized Tree Seedling Symposium, September 14-16, 1981, Toronto, Ontario. Environment Canada, Canadian Forestry Service, Forest Pest Management Institute, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, COJFRC O-P 10.

Year: 1982

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 14517

Language: English

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Cold hardening and acclimatization of coniferous seedlings are discussed and reviewed in relation to plantation success. A reduction in temperature and photo-period at the end of the production period is the best acclimatization treatment for cold stress. Moisture stress, deprivation of nitrogen and low temperature in the dark did not improve hardening of black spruce (Picea mariana [Mill] B.S.P.) material. Preliminary field observations indicate that acclimatized seedlings have a superior survival rate.