COMPARATIVE EFFECT OF COMPOST TEAS ON THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF ANNONA MURICATA (LINN) SEED LINGSAbstract
Compost tea used as organic fertilizer have beneficial effects on plants growth and is considered as a valuable soil amendment with disease suppressing activity. This study was conducted to determine the concentration of Compost tea from two sources organic manures necessary for growth performance of A. muricata seedlings. Compost tea from cow dung and horse dung were applied at different concentration rate (25%, 50%, 75% and 100%) in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with 9 treatments each replicated seven (7) times. Parameters assessed were plant height, stem diameter and number of leaves of the seedlings. The data collected were subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and means were separated using Duncan Multiple Range Test (DMRT) at 5% level of significance. The result showed that there was no significant difference among the treatments at 5% probability level as T5 (cow dung 100%) had best performance plant height, stem diameter and number of leaves with mean of 11.25cm, 7.57cm and 7.00 at 10th week respectively. It can be concluded that undiluted compost tea of cow dung should be used to raise A. muricata for better produce healthy and vigorous seedlings.
A. A. Ekaun *, E. K. Abodunrin, O. A. Williams and O. A. Geply
Department of Forestry Technology, Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan, Nigeria.
27 November 2018
19 December 2018
27 January 2019
01 March 2019