Effects of fertilisation on growth and nutrition of Norway spruce on a harsh mountain site

https://doi.org/10.17221/6988-JFSCitation:Kuneš I., Baláš M., Balcar V., Kacálek D., Millerová K., Jančová A., Nováková O., Špulák O., Zahradník D., Vítámvás J., Koňasová T. (2013): Effects of fertilisation on growth and nutrition of Norway spruce on a harsh mountain site. J. For. Sci., 59: 306-318.
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We evaluated the potential of crushed amphibolite and artificial slow-release N-P-K-Mg fertiliser to stimulate the survival, growth and nutrition of Norway spruce planted on an acidified air-polluted mountain site. Control plots and treatments with slow-release fertiliser (SRF) and amphibolite (AMT) were installed. In the SRF, forty grams of tabletted amendment were applied in the close vicinity of the trees. In the AMT, two kilograms of amendment were incorporated into the soil inside the planting hole of each tree at planting. The SRF application resulted in a significant growth stimulation of spruces. The growth stimulation by amphibolite was perceptible but not significant; this amendment, however, significantly reduced mortality. None of the amendments induced marked changes in foliar nutrient concentrations.  

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