Development of a soilless growing system for blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum): nutrient demand and nutrient solution

W. Voogt, P. van Dijk, F. Douven, M.P. van der Maas

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    Abstract

    Although the majority of blueberries in The Netherlands are soil grown, interest in soilless culture has increased recently. Modern cultivation with high yield and fruit quality needs maximum control of growth and crop development, which is expected to be achieved with irrigation and nutrient management. At the same time, reduction of nutrient losses is an important issue for all crops. Both aspects are realized more easily in soilless culture systems than in soil. The research discussed here focused on nutrient demand and the development of a specific nutrient solution for blueberry. Valuable information was gained on nutrient demand, from which a standard nutrient solution was developed and fine-tuned. Compared to all other substrate-grown crops, the total nutrient demand by blueberry was low, especially for K. The results did not show any clear shifts in nutrient uptake ratios during the growing season. Uptake of Na and Cl were very limited, suggesting that high-quality irrigation water is needed for profitable soilless production of blueberry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Vaccinium and Other Superfruits
    EditorsO. van Kooten, F. Brouns
    Place of PublicationLeuven, België
    PublisherISHS
    Pages215-221
    Volume1017
    ISBN (Print)9789462610026
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event10th International Symposium on Vaccinium and Other Superfruits, Maastricht, the Netherlands -
    Duration: 17 Jun 201222 Jun 2012

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    Conference10th International Symposium on Vaccinium and Other Superfruits, Maastricht, the Netherlands
    Period17/06/1222/06/12

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    Voogt, W., van Dijk, P., Douven, F., & van der Maas, M. P. (2014). Development of a soilless growing system for blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum): nutrient demand and nutrient solution. In O. van Kooten, & F. Brouns (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Vaccinium and Other Superfruits (Vol. 1017, pp. 215-221). Leuven, België: ISHS. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1017.27