THE EFFECT OF WATER STRESS ON GROWTH & PHYSIOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE OF Mentha spicata L.
“Medicinal and aromatic plants are of prime economic importance because of the continuous and increasing demand for their products by local and foreign markets” (Khalid, 2006). This is due to the uses of the herbs in food, flavoring, medicine or perfume. Herbs cultivation has become a culture to Malaysians. They find out planting herbs in housing area more economically than buy it due to the high price of the herbs in the market.
Herbs can be defined as any plant valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, or scent (cited in Elbert and Elbert, 1974). There are many type of herbal plants that can be found in Malaysia. Each of the herbal plants has its own benefits and characteristics. One of the herbal plants that have many benefits is Mentha spicata (Spearmint). The demanding of the spearmint in Malaysia is increasing but the production is not in large scale for the market.
The objective of this research is to determine the optimum water uptake on the growth performance of Mentha spicata. The null hypothesis (Ho) for this research is no differences in growth and physiological performance between the treatments on Mentha spicata. While the alternative hypothesis (Ha) for this research, there is a difference in growth and physiological performance between the treatments on Mentha spicata.
Mint can be grown in Malaysia even though