Effect of Cynodon dactylon and Amaranthus sp. Leachates on the Growth of Carya illinoinensis Seedlings

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  • 1 Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK 74078

Leachates of living Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. and Amaranthus sp. were applied to Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) C. Koch. seedlings to compare effects on growth and elemental absorption. Water applied to the weed pot or control pot (no weeds present) leached through the pot and into a funnel with a tube attached, then directly into the corresponding pecan seedling pot. After 4 months of growth, pecan seedlings receiving weed leachates had less leaf area and were shorter than those watered through control pots. These results suggest that leachates from these two weed species inhibit pecan growth, independent of any competition effects.

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