Zofija Jankauskienė, Elvyra Gruzdevienė


Fiber nettle is a cultivated form of the wild nettle and could become a renewable recourse of natural fibres in Lithuania. The aim of research was to investigate propagation ability (shoot rooting) of stinging nettle, investigate influence of different crop density on plant biometrical indices, productivity. The investigation was carried out at the Upytė Research Station of LIA in 2008-2009. The shoots of stinging nettle were cut into segments, the top part of the stem and the segments of the stem were separated and planted in the filed separately. The crop of different density was established: 60x60 and 60x100 cm. The results of our investigation showed, that stinging nettle may be propagated in vegetative way, rooted under field conditions. The top parts of the stem shoved slightly better rooting results than the segments of the stem. Plants from the crop of 2nd year, 60x60, were grosser, more productive than that of the 1st year crop. Plants of the 1st year crop, 60x100, had more stems per plant than that of 1st year crop, 60x60, but amount of stems (units ha-1) was higher in the crop of 1st year crop, 60x60.


Fibre; shoot rooting; stinging nettle; Urtica dioica L

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