Growth of Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum Mill.) as Influenced by Training and Pruning at Sokoto Fadama, Nigeria

Adamu Muhammad, Ajit Singh, Babagana Abba Gambo, Nasiru Muhammad Kwaifa


Field experiments were conducted during 2004/05 and 2005/06 dry seasons at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Fadama Teaching and Research Farm, Sokoto, to study the effects of training, intra-row spacing and pruning on the growth of tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum var. Roma VFN) in the semi-arid zone of Nigeria. Treatments consisted of a factorial combination of two levels of training (staked and unstaked) and three pruning levels (three-stem, two-stem and unpruned) laid out in a split-plot design replicated three times.  Training was allocated to the main plots while pruning was allocated to the sub-plots. Results revealed that Plant Height, Leaf Area Index (LAI) and Days to 50% flowering were favored by unstaking. Unpruned plants produced higher LAI, Shoot Dry Weight (SDW) and took longer Days to 50% flowering. Thus, pruning and staking (Training) may reduce growth of tomato. Higher growth in unstaked and unpruned plants may translate to higher total fruit yield (marketable +unmarketable).  Pruning and training resulted is early flowering of tomato.

Keywords: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill.), training, pruning, Nigeria

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