Rooting and growth of chrysanthemum cultivars in response to different levels of calcium
By: Ali Rahman, Gohar Ayub, Muhammad Shahab, Abbas Jamal, Anwar Rashid, Zubair Aman, Jawad Ali, Khaleeq Ur Rahman
Key Words: Growth attributes, Calcium, Chrysanthemum.
Int. J. Biosci. 8(2), 124-129, February 2016.
An experiment was conducted at Ornamental Horticulture Nursery, Department of Horticulture, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan in 2012. The cuttings of four cultivars (Candy Floss, Lilian Jackson, Elizabeth Lawson and Herry Revil) were treated with calcium at the rate of 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40%. Increase in plant height (26.40cm) and number of roots plant-1 (35.92) was observed when calcium was applied at the rate of 30% while the minimum days (16.75) to sprouting and higher sprouting percentage (63.33%) were noted in cuttings treated with no calcium. Cultivar Elizabeth Lawson showed best result pertaining plant height (24.80cm) and number of roots per plant (34.17). Since calcium and cultivars interaction showed significant result among most of the parameters observed hence for good rooting and resultant growth, cuttings of Cultivar Elizabeth Lawson with the application of 30% calcium is recommended.