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Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research 

Vol. 4(3), pp. 76-84. March, 2016.

ISSN: 2360-7874 

 DOI: 10.14662/ARJASR2016.006

 

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Influence of Plant Population Density on Growth and Yield of Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus L.) at Wondo Genet, South Ethiopia

 

Belstie Lulie1* and Midekesa Chala1

 

1Wondo Genet Agricultural Research Center, EIAR, P.O. Box: 198, Shashemene, Ethiopia.

Corresponding author email: *kbelstie@yahoo.com

 

Accepted 15 April 2016

 

Abstract

 

Field experiment was conducted at Wondo Genet agricultural research center during 2013 to 2015 cropping season to determine optimum intra and inter row spacing on growth, biomass and oil yield of lemongrass. Four intra-row spacing (40cm, 50cm, 60cm and 70cm) and three inter-row spacing (40cm, 60cm and 80cm) would be laid out in factorial RCBD with three replications. The results of the study revealed that tiller number/hill, leaf number/hill, leaf dry weight, essential oil yield and oil content varied significantly by the main effects. The interaction effect of intra and inter row spacing gave significant higher leaf fresh weight and leaf number/hill. Lemongrass planted at the distance of 80 cm row to row and 70cm plant to plant spacing recorded significantly highest tiller number per plant and leaf number per hill. However, closer space between row and plant (40cmX40cm) produced maximum leaf dry weight, essential oil yield and essential oil content. Thus, it was concluded that Cymbopogon citratus should be planted at a closer inter row spacing of 40cm and intra row spacing of 40cm at Wondo Genet and other similar agro ecologies for maximum leaf dry weight and oil yield.

Key words: Essential oil yield, lemongrass and population density

 

How to cite this article: Lulie B, Chala M (2016). Influence of Plant Population Density on Growth and Yield of Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus L.) at Wondo Genet, South Ethiopia. Acad. Res. J. Agri. Sci. Res. 4(3): 76-84.

 

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