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International Journal of Agricultural Research
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 165 - 169

Effect of Variation in Soil Texture on the Vegetative and Pod Characteristics of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench

B.O. Akinyele and Taye Temikotan    

Abstract: The effect of variation in soil texture on the vegetative and pod characteristics of NH47-4 variety of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench was investigated in the screen house of the Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Three seeds of the NH47-4 okra variety were sown in each of four soil types which fall under the following textural classes: sandy-clay loam, sandy loam, clay loam and loam. The experimental design adopted is the completely randomized design in which each treatment was replicated five times. Seedlings were thinned to one plant hill per stand three weeks after sowing. Growing plants were adequately watered at an interval of three days. At the stage of flower production, the leaf length, leaf width, plant height, length of leaf stalk and tap root length were measured with a tape graduated in centimeters. Stem thickness was measured with vennier caliper and the number of leaves per stand was counted. Pods were harvested at full maturity and the pod length was measured using a tape graduated in centimeters. Pod thickness was measured with vennier caliper and the number of seeds per pod was counted. Pod weight and seed weight were taken using a weighing balance. Data pooled were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and means separated using the Least Significant Difference (LSD). All the 12 characters investigated were found to vary according to the texture of the soil.

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