Plant and Soil

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 491–495

Effects of a soil fulvic acid on the growth and nutrient content of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plants

  • B. S. Rauthan
  • M. Schnitzer
Short Communications

DOI: 10.1007/BF02370049

Cite this article as:
Rauthan, B.S. & Schnitzer, M. Plant Soil (1981) 63: 491. doi:10.1007/BF02370049


Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plants were grown in Hoagland solution to which 20 to 2000 ppm of a soil fulvic acid (FA) were added. The addition of 100 to 300 ppm of FA produced highly significant increases in the growth and development of above and below ground plant parts, in the uptake of nutrient elements (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Fe and Zn), and in the formation of numbers of flowers per plant. Effects of adding 500 and more ppm of FA were less beneficial.

Key words

CalciumCopperFlowersIronLeavesMagnesiumNitrogenNutrient uptakePhosphorusPotassiumKootsShootsZinc

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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. S. Rauthan
    • 1
  • M. Schnitzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemistry and Biology Research InstituteAgriculture CanadaOttawaCanada