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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2019, Volume : 7, Issue : 2
First page : (526) Last page : (531)
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Effect of Foliar Application of Nutrients and Silicon on Yield and Quality Traits of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.)

N. Soundharya1, S. Srinivasan1*, T. Sivakumar1 and P. R. Kamalkumaran2

1Department of Crop Physiology    2Department of Horticulture
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore-641003, Tamil Nadu
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Received: 12.03.2019 | Revised: 17.04.2019 | Accepted: 25.04.2019  



A field experiment was carried out to study the effectiveness of foliar application of nutrients on yield and quality traits of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. Foliar application of nutrients like potassium, calcium and silicon were administered during flowering stage and twenty days after the first spray. Silicon sources such as calcium silicate and potassium silicate were used. The experiment was performed in randomized block design (RBD) with nine treatments and three replications. The quality parameters like lycopene and titrable acidity were significantly increased by calcium silicate @ 1%, while total sugars and ascorbic acid were influenced by Potassium silicate @ 1% application. The shelf life and firmness were recorded high in calcium chloride (0.5%). Potassium silicate @ 1% had shown significant increase in number of flowers, fruits and yield per plant, while fruit weight was positively affected by potassium sulphate 1%. Thus, the study showed that nutrient and silicon application through foliage showed significant effect.

Key words: Tomato, Calcium silicate, Potassium silicate, Quality and Yield.

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Cite this article: Soundharya, N., Srinivasan, S., Sivakumar, T. and Kamalkumaran, P.R., Effect of Foliar Application of Nutrients and Silicon on Yield and Quality Traits of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L), Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.7(2): 526-531 (2019). doi: