Influence of dates of planting, microsite improvement and planting materials on the yield and quality of Lawsonia inermis

Pratibha, G.; Korwar, G.R.

Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences 26(3): 486-492

2004


Accession: 004202912

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Abstract
A study was conducted during 1995-98 in Andhra Pradesh, India to investigate the effects of planting date (mid-June, mid-July and mid-August), presence or absence of microsite improvement and planting material (cuttings and seedlings) on the yield and quality of L. inermis. Seedlings showed 89.2% survival, while cuttings showed 65%. Earlier flowering was observed in cuttings than seedlings. Early planting (mid-June) resulted in higher survival than late planting (mid-August). Survival was high in microsite-improved plots. Planting date affected the yield in the first 2 years, while microsite improvement and planting material used affected the yield in all 3 years. Cuttings produced 37.5, 100.3 and 73.7% higher yield than seedlings in the first, second and third years, respectively. Microsite improvement increased the lawsone content more in the post rainy season harvest than in the rainy season harvest. The quality was higher in rainy season harvest than in the post-rainy season harvest.