Evaluation of Bird of Paradise for Commercial Flower Production by using Organic Manures
Samia Ikram1*, Riaz ur Rehman1, Farwa Batool2 and Atyab Amjad3
Crane flower commonly known as Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) belongs to family Strelitziaceae. Bird of paradise is a beautiful multi color cut flower with a distinct flower shape of a bird and is an important commercial crop of tropical area. The present research work was designed to investigate the effect of different organic manures on the growth of Bird of paradise as commercial crop in agro metrological conditions of Islamabad during 2016-2018. Following four treatments were designed: T1 (control), T2 (Top dressing with FYM), T3 (Top dressing with leaf manure), T4 (Top dressing with sewage sludge). Maximum plant height (93.53 cm), Number of suckers (4.20), Number of leaves (8.00), Number of flowers (4.11), Stem diameter (5.025 cm) and Spike diameter (5.03 cm) were contributed by T2whereas maximum spike length (61.21 cm) was recorded in T3 and maximum shelf life (14.81 days) was noted in T4. The present research study revealed that T2 significantly contributes to commercial cut flower production of Bird of paradise in agro metrological conditions of Islamabad.