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Organic matter and wettability for greenhouse soils


O. R. Lunt
R. H. Sciaroni
W. Enomoto

Authors Affiliations

O. R. Lunt is Associate Professor of Soil Science, University of California, Los Angeles; R. H. Sciaroni is Farm Advisor, San Mateo County; and W. Enomoto is a flower grower in Redwood City.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 17(4):6-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v017n04p6. April 1963.

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Continued addition of sphagnum peat to a clay soil in greenhouse benches over a number of years has resulted in a decrease in wettability, according to observations recently confirmed by laboratory evaluation. Water did not penetrate easily, and many of the soil particles remained dry following irrigation. There is no practical method known at this time for preventing the development of non-wettability in these soils, but certain management practices reported here may be helpful in coping with this problem.

Lunt O, Sciaroni R, Enomoto W. 1963. Organic matter and wettability for greenhouse soils. Hilgardia 17(4):6-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v017n04p6
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