Vol. 13 No. 3
Effect of organic mulches on yield, physico-chemical qualities and leaf mineral composition of litchi cv. Bombai in Indo-Gangetic plain of West Bengal.
Author(s): K. Das, S. Sau, T. Sarkar and P. Dutta
Abstract: An investigation was carried out over three years in the farmer’s field of litchi cv. Bombai to study the effect of mulching on yield, physico-chemical qualities and leaf mineral composition of litchi grown in new alluvial zone of West Bengal. Experimental findings revealed that different mulches significantly increased the soil moisture, fruit retention, physico-chemical qualities of fruits and leaf mineral (N, P, and K) composition. Among different mulches, paddy straw mulch showed maximum (22.80%) soil moisture content and fruit retention (18.42 panicle-1) with highest (94.42 kg plant-1) yield followed by mulches with mango leaves. This treatment also showed maximum TSS (20.20° Brix), total sugar (14.80%) with minimum (0.60%) acidity of fruit. Leaf mineral composition was also increased with the application of different mulches. Among different mulches paddy straw proved effective in all respect.
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