EFFECTS OF ORGANIC GROWING MEDIA ON EARLY EMERGENCE AND SEEDLING GROWTH OF MORINGA (MORINGA OLEIFERA L.) IN DADIN KOWA, GOMBE STATE, NIGERIA
This study was conducted with the aim of determining the effects of organic growing media on early emergence and seedling growth of moringa (moringa oleifera l.) in dadin kowa, Gombe State. The experiment was conducted at the Research and training Farm of the Federal College of Horticulture Dadin-kowa during the 2019 rainy season. The treatments were T1= top soil + cowdung, T2= topsoil+ horse dropping, T3 =Poultry litter, and T4= topsoil only which serves as a control. The design adapted during the experiment was Complete Randomized Design (CRD) replicated three times. Data obtained were subjected to Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the mean were separated using Least Significant difference (LSD) at 5% level of probability. The result revealed that T2 (Topsoil + Horse dropping) gave the highest plant height, number of leaves, number of branches and collar stem girth in 2, 3 and 4 weeks after planting. Hence, it can be suggested for adoption to farmers and nursery owners. Therefore, it concluded that application of organic manure especially horse dropping will enhance germination and early seedlings growth of moringa in the study area. It is also recommended that horse dropping and cow dung in combination to topsoil should be used as potting mixture at the ratio 2:1 for effective germination and early growth of moringa oleifera by researchers, nursery owners and farmers.
Authors : A.E. Ibrahim, I. Abdu and M. Abdulrazak
Category : Open Access Volume (Issue) : 6(1) Date Uploaded : 19th September 2020