Assessing Watermelon Cultivars under Different Planting Distances in Bauchi North, Nigeria
Keywords:Watermelon cultivars, planting distances, growth, yield, Nigeria
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of planting distances and cultivars on vegetative growth and yield in watermelon. The cultivars; Sugar baby, Koalack, Royal sweet and Paradise were grown at plant distance of 25, 50, 75 and 100 cm. Results showed that vine length, number of leaves, number of fruits and fruit yield were influenced in the two seasons. Growth parameters appeared similar in all the cultivars, except in number of leaves, with cultivars (in 2009) as well as in vine length with planting distances (in 2009). Paradise (in 2008) and Royal sweet (in 2009) performed better compared with other three cultivars. Interaction between cultivars and planting distances in number of fruits was significant; planting Paradise cultivar at 50, 75 and 100 cm gave higher number of fruits. Yield was very much influenced among cultivars and planting at 100cm increased yield significantly in both years. Therefore it is recommended that for higher yields of watermelon cultivars, planting at 100cm can be adopted.
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