Nutritional Efficacy of Various Growing Substrates for Potted Ravenea rivularis Palm Production
Nasir Ahmad Khan,
M. Kaleem Naseem
Background and Objective: Ravenea palm (Ravenea rivularis) is the most popular grown interior potted plant. Present study was carried out to assess the effect of different potting substrates in various compositions on growth and development of Ravenea plants. Materials and Methods: In total, ten treatment combinations were used to compare with control treatment (garden soil) and treatment was consisted of 16 plants with four replications. Various potting substrates: Garden soil, silt, farmyard manure, peat moss, leaf compost and coconut compost in various combinations were added. The experiment was carried out in Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The collected data for plant growth and development were subjected to Duncans Multiple Range (DMR) test whereas for chemical and physical characteristics of potting substrate and means was compared. Results: The results depicted that the T10 that is the combination of farmyard manure, silt, coconut compost, peat moss and leaf compost (1:1:1:1:1) exhibited best results for the growth and production of potted Ravenea plants. The treatment T10 substrate is considered excellent due to its density, saturation percentage, structure, texture, consistency and Organic Matter (OM) as well as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium concentration. Conclusion: It can be concluded that to get quality pot production a mixture of substrates proved to be best as it delivers a combination of properties and nutrients. The new potting mix will provide a stable, organic, sustainable, environmental friendly and cost effective alternatives to nurserymen.
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