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Revista Chapingo serie ciencias forestales y del ambiente

On-line version ISSN 2007-4018Print version ISSN 2007-3828


CERVANTES-RODRIGUEZ, Natalia; PRIETO-RUIZ, José A.; ROSALES-MATA, Sergio  and  FELIX-HERRAN, Jaime A.. Growth of mesquite in the nursery under different substrate, irrigation and moisture retainer conditions. Rev. Chapingo ser. cienc. for. ambient [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.1, pp.17-31. ISSN 2007-4018.


In northern Mexico, mesquite is widely used in reforestation. The production of quality plant is necessary for its establishment in the field.


To evaluate the effect of different moisture retainer doses, substrate mixtures and irrigation frequencies on growth of Prosopis laevigata.

Materials and methods:

The effect of five moisture retainer doses (0.0,1.5, 3.0, 4.5 and 6.0 g·L-1), two irrigation frequencies (every 48 and 96 h) and two substrate mixtures (base mixture [55 % peat moss + 24 % vermiculite + 21 % agrolite]) and composted bark [50 %] + peat moss [50 %]). Mesquite plants were evaluated at three months of age in a randomized block experimental design with a factorial arrangement.

Results and discussion:

The factors, both individual and in interaction, caused significant differences (P < 0.05) in plant height, diameter and biomass. The best results were obtained using the base mixture, irrigation every 48 h and moisture retainers at doses of 1.5, 4.5 or 6.0 g·L-1. Substrate was the most influential factor.


Growth of P. laevigata is favored through the most beneficial combination of substrate type, irrigation frequency and moisture retainer dose.

Keywords : Hydrogel; growth substrates; composted bark; irrigation frequency; Prosopis laevigata.

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