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Fertigation

Name for a special form of fertilization, the so-called irrigation fertilization. This method was developed in the Netherlands in the 1980s for fruit trees in order to increase the growth of shoots, the formation of flower buds and yield. This involves the application of fertiliser to plants during artificial irrigation. In the case of vines, this is mainly done by drip irrigation, in which each individual vine is supplied with water in a targeted manner using a hose system. The fertilizers are in a container through which water flows. This works most easily with easily soluble agents such as nitrogen in the form of urea. Other substances such as iron, potassium, phosphorus, sulphur and zinc must be made water-soluble. For the hardly soluble calcium (lime) this form is not appropriate.

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