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Barbara Frąszczak, Alina Kałużewicz, Włodzimierz Krzesiński, Jolanta Lisiecka, Tomasz Spiżewski
Comparison of four rucola forms grown in containers in different light conditions
Summary.

Garden rocket (rucola) is well known for its pleasant bitter taste and also for its high content of health-promoting phytonutrients. Rucola is usually marketed as leaf bundles or fresh-cut individual leaves in modified atmosphere packages. An alternative form is the cultivation and sale of plants in containers. Two of the significant factors limiting the growth of rucola plants especially in winter are shortage of light and excessive density. The aim of the study was to determine usefulness of four forms of rucola for cultivation in containers in different lighting conditions. A two-factor experiment was performed in growth chamber. The first factor comprised four forms of rucola, the other – two day-lengths: 12 and 16 h. The three forms belong to species Eruca sativa, while the fourth to Diplotaxis tenuifolia species. The experimental plants were grown in pots of 280-cm3 volume. The number of plants grown in pots was identical and amounted to 50. Plants cultivated in the 16-hour lighting system were characterised by a lower hypocotyl in comparison with the plants grown in the 12-hour lighting system. In comparison with the 12-hour daylight period, the foliage weight of plants cultivated in the 16-hour lighting system was significantly higher in the first three weeks. The highest mass of fresh foliage (day 28) and the highest plant surface was recorded in Ogrodnik plants and the lowest – in Selvatica de campo forms.

Key words: garden rocket, Eruca sativa, sand rocket, Diplotaxis tenuifolia, container, light, RGR, LAI
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MLA Frąszczak, Barbara, et al. "Comparison of four rucola forms grown in containers in different light conditions." Nauka Przyr. Technol. 6.1 (2012): #1.
APA Barbara Frąszczak, Alina Kałużewicz, Włodzimierz Krzesiński, Jolanta Lisiecka, Tomasz Spiżewski (2012). Comparison of four rucola forms grown in containers in different light conditions. Nauka Przyr. Technol. 6 (1), #1
ISO 690 FRąSZCZAK, Barbara, et al. Comparison of four rucola forms grown in containers in different light conditions. Nauka Przyr. Technol., 2012, 6.1: #1.
Corresponding address:
Barbara Frąszczak
Katedra Warzywnictwa
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu
ul. Dąbrowskiego 159
60-594 Poznań
Poland
e-mail: barbarafr@wp.pl
Accepted for print: 13.06.2011