1027 EFFECT OF NPK FERTILIZATION ON PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF CITRUS

in HortScience
Author: Ben Ami Bravdo1
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  • 1 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot 76-100 Israel

Drip fertigation enables control of the root environment in regard to the volume of irrigated soil, the soil matric potential in the immediate vicinity of the roots and the concentration and composition of the minerals. Application of daily NPK fertilization to citrus was found to promote root production with a large surface area and maintenance of controlled NPK concentrations at various stages of growth and development resulted in high productivity due mainly to increased number of fruits produced. Continuous maintenance of appropriate NPK concentrations at the immediate vicinity of the roots during three successive years improved fruit size without apparent reduction in quality. This was attributed mainly to a well balanced crop load and mineral status as expressed in leaf mineral analyses.

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