Agricultural Journal

Year: 2008
Volume: 3
Issue: 5
Page No. 323 - 326

Effect of Sawdust and Wood Ash Applications in Improving Soil Chemical Properties and Growth of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Seedlings in the Nurseries

Authors : L.S. Ayeni , O.M. Ayeni , O.P. Oso and S.O. Ojeniyi

Abstract: Experiments were conducted between 2002 and 2003 in 2 different locations to investigate the effect of sawdust and wood ash applications on soil chemical properties, N and P nutrient content and growth of cocoa seedlings in the nursery. The treatments were 0, 4, 8, 12 and 16 t ha 1 of sawdust ash and wood ash replicated 3 times using completely randomized design. The soils used were deficient in organic matter, Mg, Ca and marginal in K and slightly acidic. Ash applied at 4, 8, 12 and 16 t ha 1 increased significantly (p<0.05) soil available P, exchangeable K, Mg and Ca, leaf N and P contents, number of leaves, plant height and stem girth of cocoa seedlings. The 8 t ha 1 of both wood ash and sawdust ash level gave highest increases in growth parameters. Soil total N, exchangeable K, Ca and Mg tended to increase with level of ash.

How to cite this article:

L.S. Ayeni , O.M. Ayeni , O.P. Oso and S.O. Ojeniyi , 2008. Effect of Sawdust and Wood Ash Applications in Improving Soil Chemical Properties and Growth of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Seedlings in the Nurseries. Agricultural Journal, 3: 323-326.

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