EFFECTS OF SEED SIZE ON THE GROWTH AND YIELD OF CUCUMBER (Cucumis sativus L.)

Authors

  • Aluko, A.K.
  • Elesho, R.O.
  • Aderemi, A.M.
  • Aderemi, F.T.

Abstract

Cucumbers are used widely in a wide variety of diets. Due to the continuous realization of the importance of the fruit in our diets, and the overwhelming importance of cucumber’s health fits along with the skincare, there is an increasing demand for the product in Nigeria. Therefore, there is a need for optimum production of the fruit through the maximization of its seeds.

This experiment was carried out to examine the effects of seed sizes on the growth and yield of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) for six weeks. Cucumber seeds were separated into different sizes which are 1cm, 0.9cm, 0.7cm, 0.5cm, and the 1cm seed size of cucumber was chosen as the control. The experimental design used was Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD). The vegetative parameters measured were plant height, stem girth, number of leaves, leaf area, no of fruit, fruit weight, fruit length, and fruit girth. The plants which are of 0.9 cm size of seeds had the highest plant height, the highest number of stem diameter, the highest number of leaf production while plants which are of 0.7cm had the largest leaf area, the highest number of fruit, and the highest fruit weight. It is therefore recommended that any size of seed ranging from 0.7 to 0.9 cm can be used for the production of cucumber especially in the study area.

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Published

2021-05-05