FLORA AND FAUNA ISSN 2456-9364(Online) 0971-6920(Print)
         
2017 Vol.23 No.1 PP 53-62
EFFECT OF SOIL MEDIA AND DEPTH OF SEED SOWING ON SEED GERMINATION AND SEEDLING GROWTH OF BAHERA, TERMINALA BELLERICA
*ASTHA GUPTA, RAMAKANT TEWARI1 AND S. L. MEENA2
Institute of Agricultural Sciences,
Bundelkhand University,
JHANSI (U.P.) INDIA
1National Research Centre for Agroforestry,
JHANSI (U.P.) INDIA
2Division of Agronomy,
I. A. R. I.NEW DELHI, INDIA
*Corresponding Author: E-mail : g.astha5@gmail.com
ABSTRACT
The study was conducted at National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi (U.P.) India. Fresh seeds of Bahera were sun dried, depulped and subjected to three soil media [Red soil+FYM (1:1), Black soil+FYM (1:1) and Red+Black soil+FYM(1:1:1)] and three sowing depths (2.0, 3.0 and 4.0cm) for seed germination in April month. Results indicated that maximum seed germination (94%) was obtained in Red soil + FYM mediaat 2.0cm sowing depth. This treatment recorded quickest initiation and completion of germination(11and 21 days respectively). Seedling growth in terms of plant height, collar diameter and canopy spread and number of leaves was maximum under Red soil+FYM and minimum under Black soil+FYM. In general, plant growth reduced with increase in depth of sowing. However, the differences among various treatments were largely non-significant. Total biomass air dry ranged between 10.52 to 13.90g/plant across the treatments at 6 months stage.

Key words : Bahera, Soil media, Sowing depth.
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