Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.15, Issue 03, 2009; Page No.(485-488)

EFFECT OF MOIST CHILLING AND PRESOWING TREATMENTS ON GERMINATION AND GROWTH OF CELT'S AUSTRALIS LINN. (NETTLE TREE)

Amarjeet Singh, M.A. Khan and Gil. iviohi-ud-Din

Abstract

The paper presents the results of investigation carried out at the Faculty of Forestry SKUAST-K, Shalimar, Srinagar (J&K) to find the effect of moist chilling on germination of Hackberry (Celtis australis Linn.). Mature seeds do not have any deep dormancy. However, they have induced physiological dormancy due to storage. Chilling treatment of seed for four week showed maximum germination of 73 per cent as compared to control. Nine presowing treatments were tried for improving the germination of Celtis australis. Best germination was observed in (stratification for one month at 5 ± 1"C+ GA, 200 ppm) treatment and best early growth parameters were observed in (GA, 200 ppm) treatment followed by stratification + GA, 200 ppm, GA, 100 ppm and only stratification for one month at 5 ± 1"C.

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