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    Author(s): Merrill C. Hoyle
    Date: 1982
    Source: Res. Pap. NE-500. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 12p.
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    An automatic mat-watering system for growing hardwood seedlings in containers was designed and tested. The system has only one moving part, and no electrical requirements. There is no need to calculate different watering schedules for different growth phases, different hardwood species, or different evapotranspiration conditions. Results were excellent with mat watering combined with simple, peat-vermiculite mixes, and pelleted, slow-release fertilizers. The system is economical, simple, and physiologically ideal. Mat watering was effective in growth rooms, controlled environment chambers, and greenhouses.

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    Hoyle, Merrill C. 1982. Economical and simple production of containerized hardwood seedlings. Res. Pap. NE-500. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 12p.

    Keywords

    Automatic mat watering, pelleted fertilizers, containerized seedlings

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