Solanum Microcarpon Case Study

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Solanum microcarpon is one of the most important vegetable commonly used in southern Nigeria. It contribute substantially to the people diet as source of soup and widely grown for both consumption and for sales due to its potential leaf production (Ojo and Olufolaji ,1997).Despite of the significant of this vegetable in the traditional farming systems and its dietary important ,it cultivation and productivity like other leafy vegetables is limited by the declined soil fertility in other words when the soil nutrient diminishes in the way that lower its ability to support and nourish plants (Donoran and Casey,1998).Solanum microcarpon being a vegetable required Nitrogen for cell division and enlargement, production of protoplasm and leaf size…show more content…
Plot sizes were 2m x 1.8m with 1m gap between plots. Total land area for the experiment was 20m x20m (400m2).The seedling spaced at 60cm x30cm with one plant per stand. Weed was controlled by the use of hoe as at when necessary while insect pest was controlled using Karate at the rate of 40ml to 20litre of water as at when needed. The plant were allowed to grow for 8 weeks after transplanting while the fertilizer treatments were applied a week after transplanting using ring method. The fertilizer treatments were: 0kg/ha (control) ,100,200,300 and 400kg/ha. Six plants per plot were also selected and tags for fruits and seeds traits assessments. The plants were left for 18 weeks after transplanting while 36 fruits were harvested per plots which were later sorted out into small, medium and big fruits. Among each fruit size category 3 fruits were selected based on 4 ripening…show more content…
This work agree with Olaniyi and Ojetayo (2010) who reported that application of fertilizer gave vigorous development in plant vegetative parts due to the release of considerable amount of nutrients for plant use, which is essential for the formation of plant essential molecules such as chlorophyll and

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