PAPER TITLE :EFFECT OF POT SIZE AND NURSERY PERIOD ON THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF CASHEW (ANACARDIUM OCCIDENTALE) O

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 18 NUMBER 1 2013

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  • Author(s) : A. A. Adeyemi
  • Abstract:

Post transplanting effect of pot size and nursery period on the growth performance of cashew (Anacardium occidentale) seedlings were investigated at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan. Cashew seedlings raised in the nursery black polythene pots of dimensions 30 x 12.50cm, 30 x 6.25cm and 15 x 12.50cm were transplanted to the field at 4,8,12, and 16 weeks after sowing (W.A.S.) in the nursery. Growth parameters of cashew under the various treatments were evaluated. Results revealed that the treatment effects of neither pot sizes nor the various nursery periods on the cashew seedlings were not significant on the height of cashew while stem girth and leaf area per plant of seedlings raised in 30x 6.25cm and 15.0x 12.50cm polythene pots were either similar or superior to those raised in 30x 12.50cm polythene pots which served as control treatment. Similarly, stem girth and leaf area were similar in all the nursery periods except those transplanted at 4-8 WAS that occasionally produced larger leaf area.