Optimizing the strength of hydrophilic polymers on yield and its contributing traits in tomato

Publication Date : 18/04/2016


Author(s) :

S.Sendur Kumaran.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
,
Issue 4
(04 - 2016)



Abstract :

To standardize the doses of hydrophilic polymers on growth and yield of tomato, a trial was conducted at Horticultural College & Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. The hydrophilic polymers of commercially available viz., Terracottem (TerraCottem International, Belgium), polyvinyl alcohol (Aquatrols corp. of America, USA) and Polyacrylamide (Viterras, Germany) were chosen for the study and used as soil conditioners for tomato cv.Co.3.The results revealed that the TerraCottem 4.5g plant –1 ( T 16) improved the plant height, number of branches per plant, days to 50 % flowering, root length, root dry weight, fruits per plant, fruit weight, yield per plant and dry matter production. The results were on par with higher does of respective polymers.


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