Vol. 17 No. 3
Growing media and cow urine influence the seed germination and seedling growth of Papaya (Carica papaya L.)
Author(s): P. SHARMA, R.K. YADAV, M.C. JAIN AND M.C. BHATESHWAR
Abstract: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of growing media and cow urine on seed germination and seedling growth of papaya. Results showed that soil + sand + vermiculite + cocopeat + perlite (1:1:1:1:1) with cow urine was better for seed germination and seedling growth of papaya. The minimum days required for first germination (6.17 days), for 50 per cent germination (9.00 days), minimum span of germination (19.17 days) and maximum germination percentage (90.24 %) were observed in treatment of soil + sand + vermiculite + cocopeat + perlite (1:1:1:1:1) with cow urine. Shoot parameters viz., height of seedling, number of leaves per seedling and stem girth of papaya were influenced significantly by different growing medias and cow urine. The maximum seedling height (15.48 cm), number of leaves (9.83) and stem girth (7.75 mm) were recorded in treatment of soil + sand + vermiculite + cocopeat + perlite (1:1:1:1:1) with cow urine at 75 days after sowing. From the context of research, it can be determined that the treatment combination soil + sand + vermiculite + cocopeat + perlite (1:1:1:1) with cow urine is preferable to the other treatment combinations for good growth of papaya seedlings.
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