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Foliar application of some macro and micro nutrients improves tomato growth, flowering and yield

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Sajid Ali, Hafiz Umer Javed, Rana Naveed Ur Rehman, Irfan Ali Sabir, Muhammad Salman Naeem, Muhammad Zeshan Siddiqui, Dawood Anser Saeed, Muhammad Amjad Nawaz

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Int. J. Biosci.3( 10), 280-287, October 2013

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/3.10.280-287


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A field experiment was conducted to evaluate the possible effect of some macro and micro nutrients with different concentration levels as a foliar application on the vegetative growth, flowering, and yield of tomato cv ‘Roma’. The experiment was carried out under randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replicates. The important parameters encompassed in the study were plant height (cm), number of leaves plant-1, leaf length (cm), days to flowering, number of flower clusters plant-1, fruit set percentage, small fruits plant-1, medium fruits plant-1, large fruits plant-1, length and width of fruit (cm), fruit weight (g), fruit yield plant-1 (kg), yield plot-1 (kg), and yield hectare-1. Although all the treatments showed a positive effect on growth, flowering, and yield but, T5 and T3 revealed most significant influence on all parameters under study as compared to T1 (control). Therefore, foliar application is an appropriate way to feed the tomato crop to enhance the growth, flowering and marketable yield.


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