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Title: Water Application Rate Effect on Growth Performance of Hybrid Cocoa Seedlings in the Semi-deciduous Forest Zone of Ghana
Authors: Mensah, Ebenezer
Mensah-Brako, Bismark
Agyare, W. A.
Padi, Francis
Keywords: Nursery
Watering regime
Growth parameters
Macronutrients
Cocoa seedlings
Application rate and Micronutrients
Issue Date: Feb-2013
Publisher: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
Citation: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology, Vol. 2 Issue 2
Abstract: An experiment was conducted to determine the effectiveness of different watering application rates on leaf minerals and physical growth parameters of cocoa seedlings in the nursery. The treatments were arranged in a completely randomized design (CRD) with three replications. Results showed that watering regime I (0.06 l/pot) recorded low values in both macronutrients and micronutrients and also in physical growth parameters as compared to watering regimes II (0.18 l/pot) and watering regime III (0.36 l/pot) and were below the recommended values. The study showed that water application rate, watering regimes II (0.18 l/pot) and watering regime III (0.36 l/pot) were the most effective treatments in improving cocoa seedlings height, leaf area, plant stem girth, leaf number and tap - root length than watering regime I (0.06 l/pot). The study also revealed that application of 0.18 l/pot and 0.36 l/pot on hybrid cocoa seedlings gave a higher calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, nitrogen, iron, zinc, copper, manganese concentration in the leaves than the water application rate of 0.06 l/pot. The study indicating that hybrid cocoa seedlings required between 0.18 l/pot and 0.36 l/pot in the first five months in the nursery in semi-deciduous forest zone of Ghana in the absence of rain.
Description: This article is published in International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12187
ISSN: 2278-0181
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