Muhammad et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (8), pp. 652-657, August 2013.
ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals
Influence of Organic Mulches on Growth and Yield Components of Pea’s Cultivars
1Muhammad Sajid, 1Israr Hussain, 2*Ijaz Ahmad Khan,
1Abdur Rab, 1Ibadullah Jan, 1Fazal-i-Wahid and
1Syed Tanveer Shah
1Department of Horticulture.
2Department of Weed Science, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University Peshawar, Pakistan.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ijazahmadk @ hotmail.com
To study the influence of organic mulches on growth and
yield components of pea’s cultivars, an experiment was
conducted at the Horticulture farm, Department of
Horticulture, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University,
Peshawar, in 2008. Different pea cultivars (Climax, Green
feast and Peshawar local) were allotted to main plot and
various mulching materials (sawdust, sugarcane leaves,
persimmon leaves, wheat straw and weed check as control)
were allotted to subplot. Different growth and yield
parameters (% germination, number of pods, plant height
(cm), pods yield kg ha-1 and fresh weed biomass) were
significantly affected by different pea cultivars. In case
of different mulching material showed significance for fresh
weed biomass, number of pods, plant height and pods yield kg
ha-1. The interaction of organic mulches and pea’s cultivars
significantly influenced the % germination, plant height
(cm), number of pods and pods yield kg ha-1 but showed a
non-significant response to fresh weed biomass (kg ha-1).
The pea cultivar Greenfeast showed more % germination
(96.07), number of pods (16.50), plant height (102.5 cm),
pods yield kgha-1(10497.80 kg) and less fresh weed biomass
(289 kg ha-1). Similarly among different mulching material
the maximum number of pods (16.80) and pods yield (10638.67
kg ha-1) were obtained in plants grown under the mulch of
sawdust. Hence it is concluded that pea cv. Greenfeast
having sawdust as mulching material showed best results
regarding pea production and weeds control.
Keywords: pea cultivars, mulching material, weeds control.