EFFECT OF VARIOUS ORGANIC FERTILIZERS ON SEEDLING HEALTH AND VIGOUR OF DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF CUCUMBER IN RAUTAHAT CONDITION
Journal: Malaysian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (MJSA)
Author: Abishkar Khatiwada, Pragya Adhikari
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Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is one of the most popular vegetable crop of cucurbitaceae family. The experiment was laid out as 4×2 factorial Completely Randomized Block Design (RCBD) with three replications. The treatment consisted of two cucumber varieties (Dynasty and Malini) and different types of Organic Fertilizers namely (Peat moss, Vermicompost, Trichocompost and bare soil). Seedlings were raised on plastic pots inside a plastic tunnel with respective treatment and randomization of replication was done. Data analaysis was done using Duncan’s Multiple Range Test (DMRT) using GENSTAT. The result of the experiment indicated that trichocompost had significantly higher germination index(23.41) being statistically at par with peatmoss(22.76), greater number of leaves(3.9), dry root weight(0.8857g), dry shoot weight(1.647g), and lowest damping off incidence at 7DAS(1.567%), 11DAS(3.75%) and 15 DAS(4.58%). Peatmoss had higher germination (92.64%) being statistically at par with trichocompost (91.74%), larger leaf width(6.152cm) being at par with vermicompost(6.160cm) and trichocompost(6.023cm), higher fresh weight (23.67g) being at par with vermicomost(22g) and trichocompost(21.67g), higher vigor index(2320) and longer shoot length(7.980cm) being at par with trichocompost(7.853cm). Similarly control had higher root to shoot length ratio(2.977). Also, variety malini was found to be superior in all observed parameters except damping off. Thus it is suggested to use malini as a variety and trichocompost as a potting media to raise seedlings of cucumber in rautahat condition for better results.