Plant quality

Prime plant quality is fundamental for the production of our bare rooted forestry stock. Quality throughout the life of the plant.

 

Plant quality can be defined as the plants physical condition, the plants genetic quality and the plants potential utility on the intended locality. In a nutshell one could say that good plant quality is when the plant grows - which is a matter of course - but for the professional there is much more in it than just growing.

 

The plants physical form is ensured through our production methods and meticulous sorting in our production facilities. Hjorthede Planteskole follows rigidly The plant stock standard published in 2002 by the Danish Nursery owner association. The most important criteria in the standard is the stem/top relationship.

 

Broadleaves

Height (cm)

20

30

40

50

60

70

.......

Minimum stem diameter (mm)

5

5

5

6

7

8

.......

Conifers

Height (cm)

10

20

30

40

50

60

.......

Minimum stem diameter (mm)

5

5

6

7

8

9

.......

 

The plants genetic quality is entirely dependent on where the seed is harvested or where the cuttings are cut ( the plants origin or provenance). In a way, children resemble their parents and the same can be said for plants. It is not often easy to identify the genetic quality of plants, but the genetic quality is paramount to how the plant will develop in the future.

 

 

We at Hjorthede Planteskole always purchase seed from the best origins available on the market and our consultants can advise you on which seed origin or provenance will be best suited to the specific location and soil type you wish to plant on.

 

 The genetic quality of the plant determines when the plant leaves in the spring, matures in the autumn and the growth rate throughout the grow season. For species susceptible to spring frosts because of early leafing, for example Abies Nordmanniana, the genetic coding for the timing of leafing in the spring is therefore paramount.

 

 The plants potential utility for the intended purpose you have for the plant is also integral to the plants quality.

 

If you are a forestry contractor and have a large number of forestry stock to plant, then an important quality parameter is that the forestry stock is small and easy to plant. Landscape gardeners often experience that an important quality parameter that hedge plants are robust, vigorous so the end customer has the impression that the hedge, in a short time, looks complete. 

 

By carefully considering all aspects of a planting project it is possible to aguire a plant that has exactly the right properties that you wish.

 

Therefore  Contact us before planning your next planting project.

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