acta satech Journal of the Life & Physical Sciences Babcock

Frequency of Nutrient Application on growth and yield of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill
*Shobo, B.A1., J.G. Bodunde2, O. E. Akinboye1, T. A. Ayo-Bello1, O. J. Afodu1, L. C. Ndubusi-Ogbonna1, G. O. Chioma1.
1. Department of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. 2. Department of Horticulture, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
April, 2018

ABSTRACT
Megagreen® is an activated calcite of a worldwide granularity. It is an ecological foil fertilizer with a strong impact on plant resistance, it improves the fertility and health of plants resulting in an improvement of yield and plant quality. The experiment was carried out to examine the growth and yield performance of indeterminate (Ibadan Local) and determinate (UC 82-B) tomato varieties as influenced by the number of application of a nutrient supplement (Megagreen®) applied as foliar spray at the recommended rate of 3.0kg/ha. The experiment was laid out in a split plot design with three replications. Variety was allotted to main plot and number of times of application (2, 3, 4 times and control) to sub plots. Plant growth and yield variables were observed and data collected were subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Mean separation was done using Least Significant Difference (LSD). Results showed that the two varieties were significantly different in growth and yield parameters except for leaf area at 8WAT and unit fruit weight. There was a significant difference in the effect of number of times of application of Megagreen® on plant height (at 2WAT), number of leaves at 6 and 8WAT, number of branches (except at 6WAT), leaf area, days to flower, days to maturity, number of flowers (except at 6 and 8WAT), and fruit yield. Three times application of Megagreen® at the rate of 3.0 kg/ha is recommended for fruit yield enhancement in tomato.
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