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Olli Makkonen

Roomalaisten taimitarhat.

Makkonen O. (1968). Roomalaisten taimitarhat. Silva Fennica vol. 2 no. 2 article id 4766. https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.a14551

English title: The nurseries of the ancient romans.


The paper outlines the information about forest tree nurseries in the Roman Empire, found in ancient writings. According to the author, it cannot be stated that actual forest cultivation was practiced in the times of the Roman Empire, even if tree seedlings were used for a variety of purposes, such as embellishment of cities, parks and gardens, and raising supporting trees in forest vineyards. Nurseries were usually established on farms to fill the owner’s needs. For instance, Gato, Varro, Virgil, Pliny and Colulmella have given instructions about establishment and management of nurseries, and methods to sowing seeds of different tree species. Except for seeds, both root- and branch-cuttings were used in cultivation of trees. Also, grafting was known.

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Original keywords
historia; taimitarhat; taimikasvatus; puun taimet; taimistot; roomalaiset; Rooman valtakunta

English keywords
history; nurseries; tree nurseries; tree seedlings; romans; Roman empire

Published in 1968

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