Response of gerbera under soil and soil-less production systems

Authors

  • Sangeetha Priya S ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru - 560089, Karnataka, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7627-605X
  • Aswath C ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru - 560089, Karnataka, India
  • Sujatha A Nair ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru - 560089, Karnataka, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8946-202X
  • Kalaivanan D ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru - 560089, Karnataka, India
  • Safeena S A ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta Lake Post, Bengaluru - 560089, Karnataka, India https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1837-1929

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v18i2.2219

Keywords:

Capillary action, gerbera, water saving, wick system

Abstract

Response of gerbera var. Arka Nesara was studied under different soil-less production systems with the aim to improve quality, productivity and water use efficiency, in completely randomized design with eight treatments viz., deep flow technique (DFT), nutrient film technique (NFT), aggregate wick system (AWS) with pots on NFT bench, AWS with pots on ground, AWS with grow bags on ground, AWS on soil bed, aeroponics and conventional soil-based drip system, which were replicated five times. Results revealed that AWS with pots on ground recorded maximum plant height (31.66 cm), leaf length (21.31 cm), leaf breadth (9.96 cm) and stalk diameter near neck (4.75 mm), minimum stem deviation (1.27 cm) and stem deflection (2.2o), prolonged vase life (9.2 days), greater water use efficiency (92 mL/plant/day) and water saving (83.46%). Hence, cultivation of gerbera var. Arka Nesara under aggregate wick system with pots on ground could be the superior alternative for traditional soil cultivation.

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Published

2023-12-21

How to Cite

Sangeetha Priya S, Aswath C, Sujatha A Nair, Kalaivanan D, & Safeena S A. (2023). Response of gerbera under soil and soil-less production systems. Journal of Horticultural Sciences, 18(2). https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v18i2.2219

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