Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2015, Page: 59-63
Effects of Irrigation and Soil Types on the Germination and Growth of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench)
Modupe Janet Ayeni, Department of Plant Science, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Oluwakemi Elizabeth Ale, Department of Plant Science, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Joshua Kayode, Department of Plant Science, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Received: Feb. 1, 2015;       Accepted: Feb. 12, 2015;       Published: Feb. 26, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.jps.20150302.13      View  4081      Downloads  261
Abstract
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench) planted in three different soil samples were subjected to three different watering treatments to examine the effects of irrigation and soil types on the germination of okra, an important crop in Nigeria. Germination of okra seeds occurred best in cultivated soil with highest values in height (55.70cm), leaf area (607.62 cm2), dry roots (0.98 cm) and shoot (5.26 cm) weights under every 2 days watering interval. The degraded soil had lowest values in all the parameters assessed.Statistical analysis (ANOVA, P ˂0.05) revealed that there were no significant differences in effects of irrigation and soil types on the germination, number of leaves with dry root and shoot weights. Significant differences abound in the heights, leaf area, and fresh root and shoot weights on the irrigation frequencies and soil types at 5% level of significance.
Keywords
Irrigation, Soil Types, Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus, Germination
To cite this article
Modupe Janet Ayeni, Oluwakemi Elizabeth Ale, Joshua Kayode, Effects of Irrigation and Soil Types on the Germination and Growth of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench), Journal of Plant Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 59-63. doi: 10.11648/j.jps.20150302.13
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