Bare-root or containerised forestry future?

Authors: Sebastian Klinger
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2021, Issue N.Z.J.For. 66(4) 2022, pp 45, Jan 2022
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: They often say ‘nothing lasts forever’, and it seems not even systems and technologies that have served New Zealand forestry well for over 100 years are immune to this fate. Bare-root technology has been the mainstay for the establishment of plantation forests in this country. At present less than 20% of radiata tree stocks are grown in containers, with an increasing trend towards containers. So why change now? With similar growing conditions and species to parts of Australia, South Africa and countries in South America, New Zealand plantation forestry systems are often compared to them. These countries have all moved away from bare-root production and are almost exclusively, and very successfully, using containerised growing systems.
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