EFFECT OF TRANSPLANT TIMING AND TERMINAL BUD REMOVAL ON SORREL

A greenhouse experiment was conducted to determine the effects of transplant timing and terminal bud removal on the growth and development of sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa). Sorrel seedlings were transplanted 30, 45 and 60 days after germination and terminal buds removed 15 and 3 0 days after transplanting. Removal of terminal buds reduced plant height as well as the number of branches per plant. However, removing terminal buds 15 days after transplanting had a more severe effect on branching of sorrel plants than terminal bud removal 30 days after transplanting. Time of transplanting or terminal bud removal did not affect chlorophyll or xanthophyll content of sorrel. Stem diameter was significantly affected by both time of transplanting and terminal bud removal. Stem diameter ranged from 1.6 cm for plants transplanted 60 days after germination to 2.4 cm for sorrel transplanted 30 days after germination. Sorrel yield also followed a similar pattern. Dry weight of sorrel calyx was 4.6 grams per plant for 60-day transplants with terminal buds removed 30 days after transplanting to a high of 49.7 grams per plant for 30-day transplants with terminal buds removed 15 days after transplanting.


Issue Date:
Jul 29 1990
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
11




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