EFFECTS OF SLOW-RELEASE FERTILIZERS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF BLUELEAF HONEYSUCKLE GROWN IN NUTRIENT DEFICIENT SOIL

Blue honeysuckle plants were grown in a nutrient deficient soil medium which was taken from several roadside sites in Omaha. Different rates of 2 slow-release fertilizers and 200 ppm N starter solution were applied to find out how they will affect plant performance. All plants were grown in 4-gallon containers and kept alternately in the greenhouse and lathouse to simulate natural weather conditions that are essential for the active-dormant growth cycle. Generally, plants subjected to the different rates of Agriform and Osmocote fertilizers produced more leaves and longer and heavier stems than those treated with 200 mmp N or non-treated control. The 200 ppm N starter solution did not show any consistent significant additive effect to the 2 slow-release fertilizers. The starter solution will probably show its beneficial effects under stress conditions of the roadsides. This study was conducted under greenhouse conditions where the plants were given optimum care. The study showed that a significant increase in growth of the blueleaf honeysuckle occurred with the addition of either two slow-release fertilizers. Both Agriform and Osmocote fertilizers were equally effective in promoting growth of the test plants. Agriform and Osmocote fertilizers demonstrated substantial capacity to promote growth over a long period of time. This was substantiated by the data taken during second year. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Study sponsored by the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transport.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    Department of Horticulture and Forestry
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68508
  • Authors:
    • Salac, S S
  • Publication Date: 1974-11-22

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1-25 pp

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Fees; Plants; Urban growth
  • Uncontrolled Terms: Data
  • Subject Areas: Design; Environment; Finance; Highways; Maintenance and Preservation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM