RESPONSE OF LIME THYME TO SALINITY AND IONIC CONCENTRATION IN NUTRIENT SOLUTION

Miguel Urrestarazu, Lizette Borges, Silvia Burés, JUAN-EUGENIO ALVARO MARTINEZ-CARRASCO

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Abstract

□ Plants from 60-day-old Lime Thyme (Thymus citriodorus) cuttings were potted in a medium of coconut fiber and peat moss and were treated with three different nutrient solutions: T1, T2, and T3. T1 was a standard nutrient solution; T2 was incremented with macronutrients up to an electrical conductivity (EC) of 2.8 dS m-1; and T3 was the same as T1 but incremented up to an EC of 2.8 dS m-1 with sodium chloride. The plants were then grown for 90 days in a greenhouse with natural daylight in Almería, Spain. Root growth was not affected by the treatments. The dry weight of the leaves and the total dry weight of the plants benefited from the salinity. The specific salinity of the sodium chloride negatively affected growth compared to the same salinity in the complete nutrient solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-565
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Plant Nutrition
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • coconut fiber
  • salinity
  • sodium chloride
  • soilless culture
  • specific salinity effect

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