11 million trees start their journey in Blowering

Friday 10 Dec 2021

On the back of a record 2021 planting season, Forestry Corporation of NSW’s 2022 seedling crop is well and truly underway with 11 million radiata pine (Pinus radiata) sown in the organisation’s Blowering nursery. Over the past eight weeks, nursery staff have sown around 300,000 seeds a day to supply the 2022 planting program, said Plantation Improvement Manager Phil Green.

“The process starts in September and moves through cycles of seed stratification, sowing, crop tending, topping, consolidation and ultimately dispatch in the winter months between May and September. All up, 430 kilograms of seed were sown at Blowering nursery this year for the 2022 forestry planting program.”

“We've dispatched more than 70 million containerised seedlings from Blowering nursery over the last 10 years”. Forestry Corporation is the largest producer of plantation-grown radiata pine in Australia, managing more than 240,000 hectares of plantations around the state and producing more than 3.5 million tonnes of timber each year.

Source: FCNSW

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