Many sites have difficult planting conditions (remoteness, steepness, accessibility) and the logistical challenges with planting containerized stock could make reforestation cumbersome and costly.
Reforestation through the use of “seed pucks” or “seed wafers,” i.e. seeds encapsulated in a pelletized growing medium, could greatly reduce those challenges and costs. FPInnovations installed two field trials, one in spring and one in winter, to determine the establishment rates from pre-seeded pellets under natural coastal B.C. conditions. The objectives were to assess germination and survival of different tree species, identify best seed puck placement on the soil, assess effects of seed predation by birds and rodents, assess effects of sowing season and seed stratification on germination, and assess the feasibility of large-scale implementation.
A report is now available to FPInnovations’ members that describes the results and findings from this project.
For additional information, you may contact Pamela Matute.