EFFECT OF GROWTH REGULATORS, PINCHING AND ARTIFICIALPOLLINATION ON GROWTH, YIELD AND ECONOMICS OF BOTTLE GOURD (LAGENERIA SICERARIA (MOL.) STANDL.) CV. ANAND BOTTLE GOURD-1P.R. Nanaware, N.B. Patel, S.V. Savale and S.N. Saravaiya
A field trial was conducted during summer 2011-12 at Regional Horticultural Research Station, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat, India to study the effect of growth regulators, pinching and artificial pollination on growth, yield and economics of bottle gourd cv. Anand Bottle Gourd-1. Results due to different treatment were found to be significant. Looking to the research results, it was noticed that NAA 150 ppm recorded the maximum length of vine (3.70 m). CCC 150 ppm recorded maximum number of branches (19.67/vine). The maximum fruit yield (7.67 kg/vine) recorded under Ethrel 150 ppm. From the results of the investigation, it could be inferred that Ethrel 150 ppm proved to be the best treatment in fruit yield with monetary benefit Rs. 3.27 per unit cost incurred in bottle gourd cv. Anand Bottle Gourd-1 under south Gujarat conditions.
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