ROOT PRUNING AND FERTILIZATION INFLUENCE GROWTH OF BAREROOT CORYLUS COLURNA

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327

Bareroot Corylus colurna were grown in 7.5-liter containers from 11 Apr. until 27 June 1994. The growing medium was fritted clay. Fertility levels included no fertilization, 100 ppm N, or 200 ppm N. Plants were root pruned to remove none or one-quarter to one-half of the primary roots. Root pruning at any level resulted in decreased height, shoot, and root dry weights and number and length of new shoots. One-quarter primary root removal resulted in lower root: shoot ratios compared to plants that were unpruned. One-half primary root removal further reduced root: shoot ratios. One-half primary root removal also reduced total leaf area compared to unpruned controls. Fertilization at 200 ppm N increased leaf numbers and total leaf areas compared to plants receiving no fertilization.

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