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    Author(s): Thomas D. Landis; Tara Luna; R. Kasten Dumroese
    Date: 2014
    Source: In: Wilkinson, Kim M.; Landis, Thomas D.; Haase, Diane L.; Daley, Brian F.; Dumroese, R. Kasten, eds. Tropical Nursery Manual: A guide to starting and operating a nursery for native and traditional plants. Agriculture Handbook 732. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. p. 123-139.
    Publication Series: Agricultural Handbook
    Station: Washington Office
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    A nursery container could be anything that holds growing media, drains, allows for healthy root development, does not disintegrate before outplanting, and allows for an intact, healthy root system to be removed with a minimum of disturbance to the plant. Understanding how container properties affect plant health and growth, as well as nursery operations, will help growers choose the best containers for their needs. Container type and dimensions affect root development, amount of water and mineral nutrients available for plant growth, nursery layout, bench size, production scheduling, and plant transportation method. After a container is selected, it can be expensive and time consuming to change to another type.

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    Landis, Thomas D.; Luna, Tara; Dumroese, R. Kasten. 2014. Containers [Chapter 7]. In: Wilkinson, Kim M.; Landis, Thomas D.; Haase, Diane L.; Daley, Brian F.; Dumroese, R. Kasten, eds. Tropical Nursery Manual: A guide to starting and operating a nursery for native and traditional plants. Agriculture Handbook 732. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. p. 123-139.

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    nursery container, plant health, growth

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