INFLUENCE OF SEED PRIMING WITH ORGANICS AND BOTANICALS ON SEED QUALITY PARAMETERS OF BOTTLE GOURD (LANGENARIA SICERARIA L.) VAR. NAVEEN-II”MOUNIKA ANDA.K. CHAURASIA
Bottle gourd is a member of Cucurbitaceae family being rich in proteins, amino acids and minerals. Several biotic and abiotic factors were found as a constraint that limit the seed production. Hence, seed priming methods were employed to assess the effect on seed quality parameters of bottle gourd current experimentation is done with objectives of influence of seed priming with organic, botanical and chemical treatments on seedling quality parameters. Thirteen treatments in the present study comprised of priming with water, NaCl at 3%, Panchagavya at 3 and 5%, Bheejamruth 3 and 5%, Jeevamruth at 3 and 5%, 3 % cuury leaf extract, 3% neem leaf extract, 3% moringa leaf extract and 3% tulsi leaf extract for the duration of 12 hrs. Irrespective of the treatment type and concentration, all the treatments were found to be significant with respect to seed quality parameters that were recorded. The treatment T4- Panchagavya at 5% for 12 hrs found to be promising among all the treatments that were considered for the study.