EFFECT OF NITROGEN FERTILIZATION ON YIELD AND QUALITY OF WATERMELON, CV. TOP GUN

Resumo

Nitrogen (N) is the second most important nutrient required by watermelons that can limit their growth and affect fruit quality when deficient. We evaluated the soil (N-nitrate) and foliar N contents and soluble-solid content of the watermelon 'Top Gun' in Brazil at six rates of N fertilization (0, 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 kg ha(-1)). N-nitrate and foliar N levels increased linearly with rate. Number of total and marketable fruit, weight of total and marketable fruit and total and marketable yields varied quadratically with rate. N rates of 187 and 184 kg ha(-1) produced the highest total and marketable yields, respectively. The rate of N fertilization did not significantly affect total-solid content.

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Citrullus lanatus, Performance, Fresh weight, Nitrogen fertilization, Soil nitrate

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Revista Caatinga. Mossoro: Univ Fed Rural Semi-arido-ufersa, v. 30, n. 1, p. 164-171, 2017.