Evaluation of two watering regimes on three species of containerized native Texas woody ornamental plants

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Title: Evaluation of two watering regimes on three species of containerized native Texas woody ornamental plants
Author: Reider, Linda Margaret
Abstract: Some species of native plants offer much to the consumer of the southwestern United States in the form of drought and cold tolerance , and aesthetic appeal . However , native plants are not marketed extensively by nurseries in Texas due to problems such as high mortality rates in the nursery . This study compared the effects of 2 handwatering regimes of different frequencies on 3 woody ornamentals currently marketed as drought -tolerant native Texas plants . Containerized specimens of Sophora secundiflora . Platanus mexicana . And Acer rubrum drummondii . were held under simulated nursery conditions for 406 days , from May 16 ,1986 , through July 4 ,1987 . Parameters measured included a visual rating , height , caliper , root dry weight , top fresh weight , and plant mortality . Results indicated that Sophora maintained a higher visual rating on the low regime , although caliper was lower on the low regime . No differences between regimes existed for the other parameters for this species . Platanus responded negatively to the low frequency watering regime indicated by a higher mortality rate , and lower visual rating , top fresh weight , and caliper . Acer also responded negatively when treated with the low frequency watering regime evidenced by lower visual rating , top fresh weight , root dry weight , and caliper .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /21305
Date: 1987-12

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Evaluation of two watering regimes on three species of containerized native Texas woody ornamental plants. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /21305 .

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