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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 579: II Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes

THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENT PLANT SPACING AND MULCHING MATERIALS ON THE YIELD AND FRUIT QUALITY OF PICKLING CUCUMBER

Authors:   N. Gebologlu, N. Saglam
Keywords:   Pickling cucumber, mulching, plant density, yield, quality.
Abstract:
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of different plant spacings within row and mulching materials on the yield and quality of pickling cucumber in Tokat / Turkey during summer and autumn seasons of 1998 1999. In this study, pickling cucumber (cv. Levina Fı) seedlings were planted in 20, 30 and 40 cm within row and 75 cm between rows spicing. Also, transparent PE, black PE, and straw were used as mulching material. Plants were trained in single stem pole system. The use of mulching materials raised the fruit yield compared to the control. In addition, transparent polyethylene (PE) mulching materials showed the highest performance. On the other hand, the highest fruit yield was obtained from the 20 cm within row spacing. Transparent PE mulching materials and 20 cm plant spacing within row combination resulted in the highest yield.
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