The Effect of Palm Bunch Ash and Wood Ash on the Growth and Yield of Fluted Pumpkin (Telfaria Occidentalis) (Published)
This study was designed to investigate the effect of Palm Bunch and wood ash on the growth and yield performance of fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis). The Study was carried out at Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Student Research Farm. The Nekede soil is sandy loam textured, with pH value as low as 4.8 and very deficient in OM and N. Amelioration treatments were carried out by adding organic supplements (palm bunch ash and wood ash) to the soil. The study used a randomized complete block design with 10 t/ha palm bunch ash (PBA), 10 t/ha wood shave ash (WA), 5 t/ha PBA + 5 t/ha WA and a control (no additives added), making a total of four treatments. The treatments were replicated three times. The experimental works were undertaken in field plots. The growth parameters examined were: Plant height, leaf number and vine length and shoot/root ratio, fresh weight. Data collected were subjected to statistical analysis using least significant difference (LSD). Results of the studies showed that sole application of 10 t/ha PBA and 10 t/ha WA and halved their rates in combination, increased soil pH, N, OC, P, K, Ca and Mg in relation to the control treatment. Combination of palm bunch ash (PBA) and wood ash (WA) significantly enhanced yield in fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis). The study reveals that soil acidity could be neutralized; soil fertility improved and crop yield enhanced with a combination of organic amendments on the ultisols of south-eastern Nigeria.
Citation: Abana P.C. (2022) The Effect of Palm Bunch Ash and Wood Ash on the Growth and Yield of Fluted Pumpkin (Telfaria Occidentalis), Global Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol.10, No.4, pp.16-22
Evaluation of Sustainable Bio-Liquid Fertilizer (Supergro) on the Production of Fluted Pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis) (Published)
Experiment was conducted at the green house Niger Delta University Teaching and Research Farm, to investigate the efficacy of Super gro on the growth and yield of Fluted pumpkin Telfairia occidentalis. Treatment levels of 0mL, 5mL, 10mL and 15mL were replicated three times in Completely Randomized Design (CRD) to assess on the following parameters in Centimeters (CM); vine length, number of leaves. Leaf Area in CM2, and yield at 8 weeks after planting. Readings were taking at every 2 weeks intervals ( 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks). Results revealed that supergro had significant effect (P<0.05) in all the parameters evaluated, particularly at 15mL treatments at week 8 when compared with the control. Vine length at 8WAP had (107.11cm;0mL 66.78 cm), Number of leaves ( 22.67 as against 9.98), Leaf Area cm2 32.17cm2 ; 23.36 cm2 ) and Yield kg/ha-1 (1.69 kg/ha-1 ;0.43kg/ha-1). SuperGro significantly influenced all the growth and yield parameters of fluted pumpkin Telfairia occidentalis as expressed from Turkey method of mean separation at 5% probability of significance.