Ivy pelargonium response to media containing sewage sludge and potato pulp

https://doi.org/10.17221/10/2018-PSECitation:Zawadzinska A., Salachna P. (2018): Ivy pelargonium response to media containing sewage sludge and potato pulp. Plant Soil Environ., 64: 180-185.
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In a two-year pot experiment, the effect of five growing media on the growth, flowering, decorative value of Pelargonium peltatum cv. Maxime as well as on their uptake of the nutrients and heavy metals were studied. The media were prepared from four composts (made from: sewage sludge 70% or 35%, potato pulp 35%, straw 30% or sawdust 30%) and peat in 1:1, V:V ratio. In the 1st year of research 7-month-old composts and in the 2nd year 18-month-old composts were used. Plants cultivated in 7-month-old composts showed better growth-related parameters, created more inflorescences and were more decorative than those cultivated in 18-month-old ones. The medium with compost consisting of 70% sewage sludge and 30% straw gave the best results. Composts application increased nutrients and heavy metals content in pelargonium leaves. Heavy metals content was definitely lower than the value considered toxic to plants.

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