THE GROWTH OF CAMELLIA IN PEANUT SHELLES COMPOST MEDIA IN DIFFERENT CONCENTRATIONS OF POTASSIUM
Ali Mohammadi TorkashvandRasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran
Behzad KavianiRasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran
Agricultural wastes management is a step toward sustainable agriculture. Peanut shelles as remained wastes of cultivating peanut has considerable volume which its
compost can be used as available sources of ornamental plants medium. A factorial experiment based on randomized completely blocks design was conducted to investigate the
impact of peanut shelles compost as the growth medium of Camellia in different concentrations of potassium. Fifteen treatments, every treatment at three replicates and 45 plots
were used for experiment. The rooted cuttings of Camellia were planted and periodic watering with Hoagland solution was performed two times per week. After five months, the
plants growth indices and the concentration and uptake nutrients were measured. Results showed that peanut shelles compost increased growth indices than in the control. In the
most growth indices, the plant indicated a better response to 40% (w/w) compost and finally 60%. The results are indicator of providing the needed potassium for plant by peanut
shelles compost than in the control.
Keywords:agricultural wastes, Hogland solution, plants, pot experiment
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