International Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences

International Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences ISSN: 2167-0437 Vol. 1 (7), pp. 070-072, September, 2013. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of micronutrients foliar application on seed yield in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum mill)

Naga Sivaiah K1, Swain S K1, Raju B2 and Sandeep Varma V3

1Department of Seed Science and Technology, College of Agriculture, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, 751003, India.

2Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030, India.

3Department of Seed Science and Technology, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030, India.

*Corresponding  author. E-mail: sandeepvunnam81@gmail.com

Accepted 26 July, 2013

Abstract

A field experiment was conducted during spring of 2010 to find out the response of foliar application of micronutrients on vegetative and reproductive growth attributes, in two varieties of tomato viz- Utkal Kumari and Utkal Raja. The treatments consisted of boron, zinc, molybdenum, copper, iron, manganese, mixture of all and control and the experiment was laid out in RBD with three replications. All the Micronutrients except manganese (at 50ppm) were applied at 100ppm in three sprays at an interval of ten days starting from 30 days after transplanting. All the treatments resulted in improvement of seed yield characteristics viz. recovery percentage, 100 seed weight, seed yield per plant and seed yield per hectare in both the varieties out of which application of micronutrients mixture showed the maximum effect. Highest seed recovery rates of 0.53 and 0.55 percent recorded in the varieties Utkal Kumari and Utkal Raja, respectively by application of micronutrients mixture. The highest seed weight was observed with application of micro-nutrients mixture (Utkal Raja) and boron (Utkal Kumari). In both varieties, application of micronutrients mixture reached the maximum seed yield followed by boron treatment; in respect both the parameters, while the lowest yield was obtained in the control. 

Key words: Tomato, Micronutrients, Foliar application, Seed yield, Seed variety.