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Varietal Productivity and Planting date effect on the Growth and Yield of Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) in Owo, South Western Nigeria  

J.M. Adesina , A.T.  Benjamin
Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management Technology, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, P. M. B. 1019, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
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International Journal of Horticulture, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 23   doi: 10.5376/ijh.2016.06.0023
Received: 15 Apr., 2016    Accepted: 25 May, 2016    Published: 22 Sep., 2016
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Aderibigbe, and Benjamin A.T., 2016, Variation productivity and planting date effect on the growth and yield of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) in Owo, South Western Nigeria, International Journal of Horticulture, 6(23): 1-9 (doi: 10.5376/ijh.2016.06.0023)

Abstract

A field experiment was conducted during the wet season of 2014 at the Teaching and Research Farm of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo to evaluate the performance of four varieties of cucumber (Ashley, Nonadini, Murano and Ande) at different planting dates in order to determine the appropriate date during the wet season to achieve optimum yield. The experiment was a 4 x 4factorial laid out in a Randomized Completely Block Design (RCBD). Planting was done on the 19th and 26th of April and 3rd and 10th of May, 2014. The results of the study indicates significant differences (P< 0.05) among the varieties in terms of vine length, number of branches, leaf area, number of fruit per plant and total fruit weight per hectare. The highest fruit yield per hectare was obtained in the April 26th and May 3rd planting dates. Nonadini and Ashley varieties consistently had significant higher yields than the other two varieties. There was interaction between varieties of cucumber and planting dates. The highest yields were obtained from Nonadini and Ashley varieties during April 26th and May 10th planting dates.

Keywords
Cucumber; Variety; Productivity; Planting date; Interactions; Growth and yield
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