Academic Research Journal of
Agricultural Science and Research
Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research
Vol. 4(3), pp. 76-84. March, 2016.
Full Length Research
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: *email@example.com
Accepted 15 April 2016
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.
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.