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Growth and Development of Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.)

  • George Marshall (a1)

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The growth and development of field horsetail (Equisetum arvense L. # EQUAR) was measured outdoors using potted plants grown from one-node rhizome fragments. Shoot growth rate increased slowly after planting in March, accelerating to a maximum during July with maximas for shoot height during August and shoot number in September. Rhizome system growth rates initially followed a similar pattern to that of the shoots achieving a maximum during July. Dry matter accumulated in the rhizomes until October and declined thereafter throughout the winter. Tubers initiated during August grew in size and number until November, well beyond the period of active shoot growth and onset of senescence. The characteristics of the growth and development of field horsetail are discussed in relation to achieving weed control via cultural and herbicide treatments.

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Growth and Development of Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.)

  • George Marshall (a1)

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