Sourcing high quality genetic material is one of the four keys to establishing a successful forest. Many companies sell commercial quantities of second-generation breeding material to buyers like Ents.
We engage reputable contract nurseries to germinate the seed, grow the disease-free seedlings to outplant size and then harden them off so that they are ready to transplant from tray to soil in the field.
In other circumstances, we direct-seed into cultivated soil, ensuring first that the soil is weed seed-free (thanks Dr Seuss). This reduces establishment costs but germination and distribution is more random. The process is more suited to biodiverse plantings.