Effect of Organic Fertilizer on the Growth of Tea ((Camellia sinensis L.)

Shamsul Islam, F. S. Hamid, Khawar Amin, Sonia Sumreen, Qamar -uz-Zaman, Noorullah Khan, Abbas Khan, Basharat Hussain Shah

Abstract


This study was conducted at National Tea and High value crops Research Institute, Shinkiari, Mansehra during 2014- 2015. The objective of the experiment was to evaluate the response of different doses of organic fertilizers to the growth of newly planted tea (Camellia sinensis L., variety, Turkish). Different doses of Hyosung applied as kg/acre were T0= Control, T1 = (400), T2 = (500), T3 = (600), T4 = (700) and T5 = (800). The data recorded during growth season during 2014 and 2015. Highest plant height (50 & 52 cm), Number of leaves per plant (39.67, 17.75) and Number of branches/plant (7.67, 6.29) were recorded in T4 respectively followed by T5 while maximum leaf area was recorded in T4 (48 cm2) during 2014 and T3 (47.87cm2) during 2015 respectively. Soil samples were collected at 0-20 cm and 21-40 cm depth and analyzed for physico-chemical characteristics. It is revealed that soil was sandy loam in texture with soil pH 6.25 and 2.90% organic matter and was supportive for the good growth of tea crop. A gradual increase in the organic matter content was observed with the increase of fertilizer dose. Soil pH was slightly decreased by the application of organic fertilizer which is a good sign to increase the growth of tea crop.


Keywords


Hyosung; Plant height; organic matter; soil texture; sandy loam.

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