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Indian Journal of Horticulture
Year : 2017, Volume : 74, Issue : 4
First page : ( 510) Last page : ( 514)
Print ISSN : 0972-8538. Online ISSN : 0974-0112.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-0112.2017.00099.8

Effect of mulching and irrigation interval on fruit quality and yield of litchi cv. Dehradun

Bhandari Ambika, Sharma Arti*, Wali V.K., Kour Darpreet

Division of Fruit Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, 181202, Jammu & Kashmir

*Corresponding author's E-mail: drartisharma02@gmail.com

Online published on 23 January, 2018.

Abstract

A study was conducted at the Research Farm, Division of Fruit Science, FOA Udheywalla, SKUAST, Jammu on 20-year-old trees of litchi cv. Dehradun. Trees were subjected to mulching with different types ofmaterials (black polythene and paddy straw) and supplied with controlled irrigations @ 200 l/tree at 3, 6 and 9day intervals. Results revealed that the trees supplied with irrigation at 6 day interval and mulched with blackpolythene (T8) showed least fruit cracking (10.15%) and maximum fruit yield (59.33 kg/tree). Fruit weight (18.27g), fruit length (3.28 cm), fruit diameter (2.92 cm), pulp weight (10.45 g) and fruit firmness (2.51 kg/cm2) werealso found to be maximum in trees mulched with black polythene and irrigated at 6 day interval with highestbenefit: cost ratio (2.77: 1).

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Keywords

Litchi, mulching, irrigation, fruit cracking, yield.

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