Nursery location and potassium enrichment in Aleppo pine stock 1. Effect on nursery culture, growth, allometry and seedling quality

Autores UPV
Revista Forestry An International Journal of Forest Research


There is a need for a better understanding of the primary role of macronutrients in Aleppo pine stock quality and for producing larger nutrient-loaded stock, which may be challenging for inland nurseries. The influence of nursery location and fertilization on nursery culture, growth, allometry and seedling quality of Aleppo pine was studied in seedlings cultivated over the 2006 growing year. Fertilization treatments considered how a K enrichment performed over common programs currently being practiced and divided into three levels of K/N ratio: 0.63-0.89 (normal), 1.81-1.89 (high), and 2.25-2.53 (very high). Results showed that fertilization had a minor effect on seedling growth and allometry in comparison with location, which was the governing factor. However, fertilizing treatments significantly affected final seedling attributes, which has its origin on the early treatment differences that were kept up to the end of culture. Higher nutrient supply treatments produced the highest nutrient concentration in seedlings but they were associated with lower fertilization efficiencies. Fertilizer efficiency was approximately twofold in the coastal nursery for the three macronutrients, although concentration was higher in the inland nursery due to lower seedling growth. It is concluded that warmer regions are more suitable for producing large stock more efficiently. © Institute of Chartered Foresters, 2011. All rights reserved.