Ciência e Agrotecnologia
Print version ISSN 1413-7054
GODOY, Leandro José Grava de; VILLAS BOAS, Roberto Lyra; BACKES, Clarice and LIMA, Claudinei Paulo de. Nitrogen and potassium rates in the zoysia grass sod production. Ciênc. agrotec. [online]. 2007, vol.31, n.5, pp. 1326-1332. ISSN 1413-7054. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-70542007000500008.
The nitrogen and potassium are nutrients required in bigger amounts by grasses, and in Brazil there is no information about the amount that must be applied to get sod formation in the shortest lesser possible time. Two experiments were carried out in a green-house, aiming to evaluate the effect of nitrogen and potassium doses on the Zoysiagrass sod production. The design adopted for each experiment was factorial with doses of N or K and times of evaluation. Four nitrogen doses (0, 200, 400 and 600 kg ha-1) and four K2O doses (0, 100, 200, and 300 kg ha-1) had been applied. Nitrogen and potassium doses were applied split doses and topdressed. The soil cover rate by the grass (TCS) was influenced by the increase of nitrogen doses allowing the sod formation with 408 kg ha-1 of nitrogen 198 days after the harvest of the previous sod, shorter time when compared to other doses. The N concentration in the leaf and green color of the grass were influenced by nitrogen doses and could be used to assist in N doses recommendation. The increase of K doses did not influenced in TCS by the grass, the content in the soil (1,4 mmolc dm-3) was enough for the Zoysiagrass sod production.
Keywords : Turfgrass; nitrogen fertilizing; potassium fertilizing; floriculture.