EFFECT OF BIO-STIMULANTS ON GROWTH AND YIELD OF CHRYSANTHEMUM (DENDRANTHEMA GRANDIFLORA TZVELEV.) VAR. AMALFI UNDER PROTECTED CULTIVATIONVetrivel T., Jawaharlal M., Arulmozhiyan R. and Kannan M.
An investigation was carried out for the effect of bio-stimulants on growth and yield of chrysanthemum var. Amalfi at M/s Salem Green Plants (P) Ltd., located at Yercaud, Salem district, Tamil Nadu during the period from August 2013 to April 2014. The treatments were comprised of Panchagavya (2 and 4 %), Seaweed extract (2 and 4 %) and their combinations along with control. Among the treatments applied, maximum plant height (98.43 cm and 144.23 cm), number of leaves (34.64 and 39.78) at bud appearance and peak flowering stage respectively, internodal length (4.45 cm), leaf area per plant at bud appearance (1205.06 cm2) and peak flowering stage (1516.78 cm2), number of flowers per spray (9.20), stalk girth (3.18 cm), flower diameter (6.33 cm), A grade stems (72.49) and vase life (14.22 days) were recorded in Panchagavya 2% + Seaweed extract 4%. Thus, it can be concluded from the findings that application of Panchagavya 2% + Seaweed extract 4% can be recommended for the commercial cultivation of chrysanthemum var. Amalfi.
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