The effects of different compost applications on organic strawberry seedling production

A. Burgut, H. Saygı, N.F. Türemış, Ş. Büyükyel, B. Aktaş, K. Ekinci
This study was conducted to determine the possibility of growing organic fresh plug strawberry for Sweet Charlie cultivar in the rooting medium containing various portions of composts. This study was carried out in the research and application field at the Horticulture Department of Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey. Compost materials used in this study were obtained from the mixture of rose oil processing wastes (ROPW), separated dairy manure (SDM), poultry manure (PM), and wheat straw using turned windrow and aerated static pile composting method. The compost obtained from aerated static pile composting method (CS) was enriched with azotobacter, Cu and Fe (ECS). There was no enrichment for the compost obtained from turned windrow composting method (CT). Three different kinds of composts (CS, CT, and ECS) and control (imported peat:perlite, in a ratio of 1:1) were used in the experiment. All composts were applied as organic substrates in the growing medium with peat and perlite mixtures at ratios of 12.5, 25, and 50%. Plant height, root length and the number of leaves and roots, stem thickness, root and stem dry matter contents were measured. Macro-micro elements of plants and leaf chlorophyll content were analyzed. Results showed that the best performance in terms of plant height and root length were obtained from CS (12.5%) The highest dry matter in plant roots was found in CS (25%) and in stem in ECS (12.5%). All the results obtained from compost applications were better than control applications.
Burgut, A., Saygı, H., Türemış, N.F., Büyükyel, Ş., Aktaş, B. and Ekinci, K. (2020). The effects of different compost applications on organic strawberry seedling production. Acta Hortic. 1286, 33-38
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1286.6
organic agriculture, fresh strawberry plug plant, compost

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