Effect of Growing Media on Plant Growth of Rough Lemon (Citrus jambhiri Lush.) and Poncirus (Citrus trifoliata)
Malik Abdul Rehman1*, Hafiz Muhammad Ehsan2, Tehseen Ashraf2, Zulfiqar Ali Gurmani3, Sajjad Khan3 and Mujahid Ali2
The research was conducted at Citrus Research Institute, Sargodha to check the influence of growing media (peat mass, compost, soil, silt, sand, sawdust and leaf manure) in 14 different combinations of growth media to check for plant growth of rough lemon and poncirus rootstocks. Five plants per treatment were growing in black polythene bags filled with the required media using a Completely Randomized Design with three replications. Data of stem length stem diameter, number of leaves, leaf area, and survival percentage was recorded. Chemical analysis of leaf was done by taking samples from treatments were analyzed for determination of N, P, K. Results indicated that stem length, stem diameter, number of leaves, leaf area and survival percentage were significant in different growing media after everyone months of transplantation. Various media i.e. peatmass+soil+sawdust, leafmanure+soil+sawdust, compost+silt+sawdust, leaf manure+silt+saw dust, compost+soil+sand was proved promising growing media than the other treatments. However, T8 proved superior in rough lemon (Citrus jambhiri) than other treatments. Minimum stem length, stem diameter, number of leaves, leaf area and survival percentage was recorded in soil (control) that might be due to low fertility in the medium. Overall results suggested that plant growth was better on leaf manure+silt +straw, peat mass+soil+saw dust, and leaf manure+soil+sawdust as compared to other treatments due to the use of peat and compost.