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Pages: 159-163

Date of Publication: 18-May-2023

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Role of indigenous attractants in enhancing quantitative parameters of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)

Author: Rukshanda Hanif, Munazah Yaqoob, Sajad Hussain Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone, Liyaqat Ayoub, Fehim Jeelani Wani, Rakhshanda Anayat

Category: Research Article


Cucumber is one of the essential summer vegetable crop grown among cucurbits and highly dependent upon diverse insect pollinators for efficient pollination and production of good quality fruits. Seven treatments viz., Jaggery solution (10%), Sugar syrup (10%), Molasses (10%), Sugarcane juice (10%), fish waste, Untreated control and water as negative control were applied during the experiment. The attributes that contribute maximum in terms of yield such as number of fruits/plant (8.87 ± 0.14). fruit length (26.02 ± 0.47 cm), fruit diameter (5.77 ± 0.02 cm), fruit weight (350.27 ± 0.09 g), Number of seeds/fruit (453.07 ± 4.98), yield/ha (222.50 ± 4.78 q) and fruit set (69.74 ± 0.62 %) was recorded with Jaggery solution (10%) followed by sugar syrup (10%) with number of fruits/plant as 8.87 ± 0.14, fruit length 25.07 ± 0.18 cm, fruit diameter 5.60 ± 0.04 cm, fruit weight 0.321 ± 0.01 kg, number of seeds/fruit 423.65 ± 1.97, yield/ha 190.00 ± 0.16 q and fruit set as 62.38 ± 0.68 %, followed by molasses (10 %), sugarcane juice (10%) and fish waste respectively. Compared to the control, each treatment was found significantly superior. The plants which were kept untreated failed to produce fruits with highest yield attributing characters thus, signifying the importance of attractants in enhancing production of cucumber.

Keywords: attractants, cucumber, jaggery solution, pollination, yield