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      <JournalTitle>Emergent Life Sciences Research</JournalTitle>
      <PISSN>2395-6658 (</PISSN>
      <EISSN>) 2395-664X (Print)</EISSN>
      <Volume-Issue>Vol 6, Issue 1, Published on 30</Volume-Issue>
      <Season>June 2020</Season>
      <ArticleType>Research Article</ArticleType>
      <ArticleTitle>Performance of nutmeg softwood grafts (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) at nursery stage in different growing media</ArticleTitle>
          <FirstName>M. S.</FirstName>
          <FirstName>D. C.</FirstName>
          <FirstName>S. V.</FirstName>
          <FirstName>B. R. Salvi</FirstName>
      <Abstract>Agro-climatic conditions of Konkan are suitable for the cultivation of fragrant nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt). It is an important evergreen, aromatic tree that produces two distinctly different spices viz., nutmeg and mace. Nutmeg is the kernel of the fruit and mace is the waxy red colored dried aril that surrounded a single seed within a fruit. The initial growth of nutmeg grafts at nursery stage is very slow and it needs more duration for nurturing in the nursery. This phenomenon needs to be hastened for getting the good quality planting material in a short span of nursery stage. In view of this an experiment was laid to find out the effective growing media for obtaining vigorous nutmeg graft at College of Horticulture, Dapoli during the year 2018. The experiment was set in Randomized Block Design with six treatments and four replications. The media namely T1: Soil + FYM + Sand (2:1:1) (Control), T2: Soil+FYM+ Sand (2:1:1) with 1” cocopeat at top, T3: Soil+Vermicompost+Sand (2:1:1) with 1” Cocopeat at top, T4: Soil+FYM+Vermicompost+Sand (1:1:1:1) with 1” Cocopeat at top, T5: Soil+FYM+Vermicompost+Rice husk (1:1:1:1) with 1” Cocopeat at top, T6: Soil+FYM+Vermicompost+Cocopeat (1:1:1:1) were tried. Among various combinations of potting media, the treatment T2 i.e. media containing Soil+FYM+Sand at 2:1:1 proportion exhibited the highest percentage of increment in height increment (121.92 %) while treatment T4 i.e. Soil+FYM+Vermicompost+Sand (1:1:1:1 proportion) with 1” Cocopeat at top showed maximum leaf length (13.46 cm) and maximum leaf area (57.95 cm2). Absolute growth rate (AGR) was highest in treatment T5 (0.0646 cm/day) while relative growth rate (RGR) was greatest (0.00101 cm/cm/day) in treatment T6 (Soil + FYM + Vermicompost + Cocopeat (1:1:1:1).</Abstract>
      <Keywords>absolute and relative growth rate, graft height, leaf area, media</Keywords>
        <Abstract>https://emergentresearch.org/ubijournal-v1copy/journals/abstract.php?article_id=7271&amp;title=Performance of nutmeg softwood grafts (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) at nursery stage in different growing media</Abstract>