Influence of Liming Rate on Holly, Azalea, and Juniper Growth in Pine Bark

in Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
Authors:
Grace A. ChrusticDepartment of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Robert D. WrightDepartment of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Abstract

Rooted cuttings of Ilex crenata Thunb. ‘Helleri’, Rhododendron obtusum Planch. ‘Rosebud’, and Juniperus chinensis L. ‘San Jose’ were grown in a 100% pine-bark medium amended with dolomitic limestone at 0 to 8 kg m-3 with resulting pH from 3.4 to 7.2. Except for juniper at 2 kg m-3, growth was not increased by liming, and 8 kg m-3 tended to reduce shoot and root growth. This reduced growth was attributed in part to greater NH4 adsorption by the bark, reducing the amount available for plant uptake, and a higher nitrification rate, leading to an elevated NO3 to NH4 ratio in the medium. Liming pine bark to improve growth of these woody plants may be unnecessary.

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Received for publication February 2, 1983. This work was supported in part by the Virginia Nurserymen's Association. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper therefore must be hereby marked advertisement solely to indicate this fact.

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