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Germination and Seedling Growth of African Pear (Dacryodes edulis Don. G. Lam. H.J.) As Affected by Different Planting Media

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Author(s): O.M. Agbogidi | E.C. Enujeke | O.F. Eshegbeyi

Journal: American Journal of Plant Physiology
ISSN 1557-4539

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 282;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Seedling emergence | growth | Dacryodes edulis | planting media | cultivation

ABSTRACT
A study was conducted in 2006 to determine the germination and seedling growth of African pear (Dacryodes edulis)as affected by different planting media: top garden soil, sharp sand, sawdust and a mixture of top soil and sawdust in a ratio of 50:50 in the Teaching and Research Farm of the Delta State University, Asaba Campus, Delta State, Nigeria. The experiment was laid out in a Randomised Complete Block Design (RCBD) with four replications. The results showed that seeds planted in sharp sand had the highest germination percentage (93.5%) and were significantly different (p≤0.05) from those (88.4, 60.7 and 48.0%) sown in the other media (TS/SD, SD and TS) respectively. The results also indicated that the performance of the seedlings in terms of height, number of leaves, leaf area and collar diameter planted in top garden soil was better and differed significantly (p≤0.05) compared to those in the other growth media. This study has established that the germination and seedling growth of Dacryodes edulis are significantly affected by planting media; while sharp sand favoured greater germination percentage, topsoil is recommended for the seedling growth when more nutrients would be required for normal metabolic activities.
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