Effect of Micronutrient Rate on the Growth of Containerized Quercus palustris Seddlings in Pine Bark
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The objectives for this research were to determine: 1) the rate of Micromax which will produce maximum growth of pin oak (Quercus palustris Munchh.), a landscape tree which has shown a previous growth response to the addition of Micromax at the manufacturer's recommended rate, 2) which micronutrient(s) is most associated with maximum growth, and 3) the rate of Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn required to produce maximum growth of Quercus palustris. Q. palustris seedlings were container-grown in pine bark amended with the following rates of Micromax: 0, 0.15, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.8, or 2.7 kg(m-3 in 2000, 2001, and 2002. For all three years, the maximum growth was obtained at rates near the manufacturer's recommended rate of 0.9 kg(m-3. A micronutrient mix was formulated by increasing the levels of Zn, Mn, Fe, and Cu individually while holding the other micronutrients constant based on the grams of each micronutrient contained in Micromax at 0, 0.15, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.8, or 2.7 kg(m-3 for 2001 and 0, 0.45, 0.9, or 1.8 kg(m-3 for 2002. In addition, Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn were also applied alone to pine bark at rates of 0, 0.45, 0.9, or 1.8 kg(m-3 without the addition of any other micronutrients. Holding all other micronutrients constant and increasing the rate of one micronutrient did not increase growth. However, when Cu, Fe, Mn, or Zn was added to pine bark alone at increasing rates, growth increased. For Cu and Zn, the growth increased was linear suggesting that a higher rate of Cu and Zn than that provided by Micromax at the manufacturer's recommended rate might be advantageous.
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