Seedling Age Impact on Growth and Yield of Bitter Gourd

Muhammad Jawaad Atif, Ghulam Jellani, Hidayat Ullah, Taj Naseeb Khan, Noor Saleem
2016 Science Technology and Development  
Field experiments were conducted to determine the growth and yield of bitter gourd in response to seedling age during the years 2011 and 2012. Minimum days to 1st picking, maximum availability period, yield and net profit were observed in 40 days old seedlings and 100% survival rate was observed in all three (40, 50 and 60 days) ages of seedlings. Seedlings of varying ages did not fluctuate greatly in yield and yield components in the field, although, all seedlings had higher early yields than
more » ... early yields than the directly seeded controls. Maximum gross margin (US $1777.7 haG 1 ) was achieved in 40 days old seedling as compared to direct seeded crop (US $337.5 haG 1 ). Results from these experiments suggest that 40 days may be reasonable target age for transplanting bitter gourd seedlings.
doi:10.3923/std.2016.94.97 fatcat:6mmprwgqpzh6tjmrvg6ivwmnkq