Irrigation Science

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 81–85 | Cite as

Water requirement of Aloe vera in a dry caribbean climate

  • Willem B. M. Genet
  • Cok A. M. van Schooten
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Summary

As hardly any data can be found on the water requirement and yield response to water of Aloe vera, an irrigation experiment on transplanted aloe poles was conducted on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Compared to non-irrigated treatments irrigation shows a positive influence on growth, number of developed leaves, raw gel figure and gel production per plant. The amount of irrigation water to apply can be best calculated based on crop coefficients (Kc) between 0.20 and 0.30. Treatment based on a Kc value higher than 0.30 did not further increase production. A lysimeter study conducted over a relatively short period revealed that the crop coefficient for Aloe vera varied between 0.25 and 0.40 which is characteristic of the so-called agave/pineapple group.

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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem B. M. Genet
    • 1
  • Cok A. M. van Schooten
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Irrigation and Soil and Water ConservationWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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