The effect of zeolite, organic and inorganic fertilizers on soil chemical properties, growth and biomass yield of apple trees
T. Milosevic, N. Milosevichttps://doi.org/10.17221/107/2009-PSECitation:Milosevic T., Milosevic N. (2009): The effect of zeolite, organic and inorganic fertilizers on soil chemical properties, growth and biomass yield of apple trees. Plant Soil Environ., 55: 528-535.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of organic (cattle manure) and inorganic fertilizers [composite NPK (15:15:15)] and natural zeolites on soil properties, vegetative growth and yield of apple plants grown on vertisol under Cacak conditions (Western Serbia). The results showed that the combined fertilization induced a decrease in acidity, an increase in humus content, a partial increase in total nitrogen (NTOT), and, primarily, a rise in available phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) levels. A highly significant (P < 0.01) interactive effect of the apple cultivars and nutrients on one-year-old shoot length and trunk cross-sectional area (TCSA) and a significant effect (P < 0.05) on yield per tree and yield per hectare were determined.Keywords:fertilization; crop yield; vertisol; vegetative growth; zeolites