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      <JournalTitle>Emergent Life Sciences Research</JournalTitle>
      <PISSN>2395-6658 (</PISSN>
      <EISSN>) 2395-664X (Print)</EISSN>
      <ArticleType>Research Article</ArticleType>
      <ArticleTitle>Performance of nutmeg softwood grafts (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) at nursery stage on different growing media</ArticleTitle>
          <FirstName>Gawankar M. S.</FirstName>
      <Abstract>Agro climatic conditions of Konkan are suitable for cultivation of nutmeg Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt. It is an important evergreen, aromatic tree spice that produce distinctly different spice viz., nutmeg and mace. Nutmeg is the kernel of the fruit and mace is waxy red coloured 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 period for nurturing in the nursery. This phenomenon   needs to be hastening for getting quality planting material at early stage with better price 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 tried, the treatment T2 i.e. media containing Soil + FYM + Sand at 2:1:1 proportion exhibited the highest percentage of height increment (121.92 %) while treatment T4 i.e. Soil + FYM + Vermicompost + Sand at 1:1:1:1 proportion with 1” Cocopeat at top produced significantly more leaves (25.80), maximum leaf length (13.46 cm) and maximum leaf area (57.95 cm2). Absolut growth rate (AGR) was higher in treatment T5 (0.0646 cm/day) while relative growth rate (RGR) was more (0.00101 cm/cm/day) in treatment T6 (Soil + FYM + Vermicompost + Cocopeat (1:1:1:1).</Abstract>
      <Keywords>Media, Graft height, Leaf area, Absolut and Relative growth rate</Keywords>
        <Abstract>https://emergentresearch.org/ubijournal-v1copy/journals/abstract.php?article_id=7272&amp;title=Performance of nutmeg softwood grafts (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) at nursery stage on different growing media</Abstract>