International Journal of Agriculture Extension and Social Development
2019, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Part A
Effect of different growing media on the early growth of Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Seedlings
Ekaun Alvin A, Agboola Festus O and Olomola A
This project investigated the effect of selected soil media on the early growth of Cucumis sativus (cucumber) seedlings. Sixteen healthy seedlings were transplanted in two kg polythene pot which was filled with 2kg of different soil. There were four treatments T0 [top soil] serve as control, T1 [clay soil], T2 [river sand], T3 [river sand + clay soil]. Each treatment was replicated four times making a total of sixteen seedlings. The Experiment was set in a completely randomized design (C.R.D). The variables assessed were plant height, number of leaves and stem girth. Data collected were subjected to analysis of variance [ANOVA] and the means were separated using Duncan Multiple Range Test (DMRT). From the result, T0 (top soil) had the best performance in terms of plant height [8.23], numbers of leaves (7.70), and stem diameter (0.765) units. The least performance was recorded in T3 (river sand + clay soil). From the study, it is therefore recommended that top soil should be used in growing Cucumis sativus.