Effects of Zeolite on Seedling Quality and Nutrient Contents of Cucumber Plant (Cucumis sativus L. cv. Mostar F1) Grown in Different Mixtures of Growing Media


YILMAZ E., SÖNMEZ İ., DEMİR H.

COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS, vol.45, no.21, pp.2767-2777, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 21
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00103624.2014.950425
  • Journal Name: COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2767-2777
  • Keywords: zeolite, seedling, turf, mixture, perlite, Germination, NATURAL ZEOLITE, CLINOPTILOLITE, PHOSPHATE, TUFF
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Zeolite has been successfully used in growing media for containerized production systems.
In this study the effects of zeolite utilization with the mixture of different growing
media (GM) on the seedling quality and nutrient contents of cucumber (Cucumis sativus
L. cv. Mostar F1) were determined under the greenhouse conditions. For this purpose,
natural zeolite, perlite, turf, and their different mixture forms were used as GM for
growing of cucumber seedlings. Effects of these substances on the seed germination,
plant height, stem diameter, seedling fresh weight, and macronutrient [nitrogen (N),
phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg)] and micronutrient
[iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), and copper (Cu)] contents were studied. As a
result of this study, the effects of GM on the seedling quality parameters were found to
be significant for seed germination, plant height, stem diameter and fresh weight, and
nutrient contents of seedlings. The best results were generally obtained from turf +
zeolite mixtures.
Zeolite has been successfully used in growing media for containerized production systems. In this study the effects of zeolite utilization with the mixture of different growing media (GM) on the seedling quality and nutrient contents of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. cv. Mostar F1) were determined under the greenhouse conditions. For this purpose, natural zeolite, perlite, turf, and their different mixture forms were used as GM for growing of cucumber seedlings. Effects of these substances on the seed germination, plant height, stem diameter, seedling fresh weight, and macronutrient [nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg)] and micronutrient [iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), and copper (Cu)] contents were studied. As a result of this study, the effects of GM on the seedling quality parameters were found to be significant for seed germination, plant height, stem diameter and fresh weight, and nutrient contents of seedlings. The best results were generally obtained from turf + zeolite mixtures.