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Irrigation of container crops according to the substrate

Irrigation of container crops according to the substrate

Scientia Horticulturae 43(3-4): 339-349

Two trials were conducted to determine how adequate the quantity of water was provided at each watering of container crops and the properties of the substrates. One trial dealt mainly with water availability and the other with aeration. The plants utilized were shrubs and conifers. For the plants with high water needs, best results were obtained with high water availability (30% vol.), medium aeration (20% vol. at 10 cm water tension), and frequent irrigation with rather small water quantity; in plants with low low water needs, it seemed preferable to utilize substrates with medium to high water availability (20-30% vol.), and less frequent irrigation with a great amount of water. A good growth depends on the ajustment of the amount of water to the needs of the plants, in relation with the aeration of the substrates.

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DOI: 10.1016/0304-4238(90)90105-n

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