Morphological parameters as influenced by ratooning of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) moench) hybrids
An experiment on ratooning of okra hybrids was conducted during kharif and Rabi seasons of 2010 and 2011 years at experimental farm of Department of Horticulture, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, Jharkhand. Ten popular okra hybrids viz; NS-801, GS-126, Basanti, Indranil, Osaka, Crystal-999, Hybrid-152, Mandira, Shakti and Sonal were analyzed for main crop characters as well as subsequent ratoon crop. The effect of ratooning on morphological characters of the hybrids was studied and the results revealed that ratooning significantly reduced the plant height and maximum reduction of 61.75 per cent was observed in Osaka hybrid. The plant girth character increased on ratooning, it was significantly maximum in NS-801 hybrid being 8.00 and 8.90 cm in 2010 and 2011 years, respectively and was at par with Shakti and Sonal hybrids. The number of branches per plant also showed an increasing trend in almost all okra hybrids in second year of experimentation, maximum branches were present in ratoon crop of Shakti (4.66) and it showed statistical parity with Sonal and NS801 hybrids. While, the number of nodes, number of leaves, size of leaves on per plant basis and plant spread reduced on ratooning in both years of experimentation.
Ratooning, Plant height, Plant girth, Branches, Nodes, Leaves, Leaf area Plant spread.