Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol. 19 Issue 03, 2013; Page No.(899-901)

EFFECT OF PRE-SOAKING SEED TREATMENTS ON SEED QUALITY IN ASHWAGANDHA (WITHANIA SOMNIFERA DUNAL.)

J.B. Suryawanshi, M.T. Bhingarde, S.U. Waghmode and D.V. Deshmukh

Abstract

The pre-soaking seed treatments were given before sowing of seed. Pre-soaking seed treatments were carried out to assess the performance in seed quality parameters in laboratory. The higher germination percentage (76.00%) was recorded in the pre-soaking seed treatment of GA3 400 ppm soaking for 6 hrs followed by (72.00%) GA3 200 ppm soaking for 12 hrs and (69.33%) 1% KNO3 soaking for 6 hrs. Seed quality parameters viz., shoot length (cm), root length (cm), seedling dry weight (g) and vigour index were improved by presoaking seed with GA3 400 ppm for 6 hr followed by GA3 200 ppm for 12 hr and 1% KNO3 for 6 hr.

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