International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research Vol.1 (10), pp. 298-304, December 2013
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/journals/ijapr/
© 2013 Journal Issues ISSN 2350-1561
Article 13/ID/ JPR75, 07 pages
Original Research Paper
Which soilless and soil-based media support the performance and quality of marigold most?
Accepted 5 September, 2013
Muhammad Anwar1, Hakim Ali Sahito*2, Shahid Javed Butt1, Ayesha Blouch1 and Azmat Hussain Abro3
1Department of Horticulture, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi- Pakistan.
2CAB, International South Asia, Rawalpindi- Pakistan.
3Department of Environmental Science, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Sindh- Pakistan.
*Corresponding author Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study was designed to assess the influence of different soilless and soil-based media on the growth, yield and flower quality of Tegetes erecta (Marigold) under controlled conditions. Seeds were sown in seedling trays during winter of 2012. Seedlings were planted in pots, each containing different undertaken media, singly or in combination in the form of treatment. Data was collected for parameters of vegetative, yield and quality. The experiment was set up after the Randomized Complete Block Design and analyzed using computational M-State programme. Treatment five, T5 (peat compost) recorded the highest plant height, number of side branches, number of flowers, stem thickness before bloom , plant height before bloom, plant height at the last time of harvest, blooming period, flower diameter and total yield, followed by treatment four, T4 ( soil + poultry manure). Treatment four, T4, recorded the highest number of days before first flower emergence. Control treatment one, T1, recorded the lowest growth, yield and quality by all parameters . T4 and T5 provide the best soil nutrients and structure requirements for Marigold production in pots. Thus, it will be worthwhile to further exploit treatment combinations of peat compost and soil plus poultry manure in the pots for profitable production of Marigold.
Key words: Production, organic matters, greenhouse, Tegetes erecta.