Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 21, Issue 1, 2015; Page No.(439-441)

EFFECT OF DOSE AND TIME OF APPLICATION OF PACLOBUTRAZOL ON FRUIT QUALITY PARAMETERS OF ACID LIME (CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA L.)

N. J. Ghadage, D. V. Delvadia, V. R. Ghadage, S.J. Patil and Lokesh Yadav

Abstract

The present experiment was carried out at Madhadi Baug Farm, Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh during 2012-13 to study the “Effect of paclobutrazol on fruit quality parameters of acid lime (Citrus aurantifolia L.)”. The experiment was laid out in Randomized Block Design with factorial concept (F-RBD) with four levels of paclobutrazol viz., P0 (control), P1 (paclobutrazol @ 1.5 g a.i./plant), P2 (paclobutrazol @ 3.0 g a.i./plant) and P3 (paclobutrazol @ 4.5 g a.i./ plant) and three different dates viz., T1 (15th July), T2 (31st July) and T3 (15th August). Results concluded that application of paclobutrazol @ 4.5 g a.i./plant recorded maximum fruit weight (42.38g), fruit girth (13.59 cm), fruit length (4.22 cm), volume of juice (23.35 mL), maximum TSS (9.17 0Brix), ascorbic acid (31.59 mg/10 mL of juice), reducing sugars (0.837%), non-reducing sugars (0.600%) and total sugars (1.44%).

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