Girma Et Al


Girma et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (9), pp. 255-262, November 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770  

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 110917164




Response of Applied Phosphorus Fertilizer
Rate and Plant Spacing for Potato (Solanum tuberosum
 L.) Production on
Nitisols in Central Highland of Ethiopia


Girma Chala*1, Abebe
Chindi2 and Zeleke Obsa 2


1,2Holeta Agriculture Research
Centre, EIAR, P.O.Box 31, Holeta, Ethiopia



The use of low phosphorus fertilize rate as well as
inappropriate plant spacing are one of the main factors constraining potato
production in Ethiopia. Therefore, a field experiment was conducted during the
2015 and 2016 main growing season in Welmera and Ada’a Berga district in the
central highland of Ethiopia. The experiment was aimed at determining the
effect of phosphorus fertilizer rates and plant spacing on yield and yield
components of potato. The treatments consisted of five phosphorus fertilizer
rate and four levels of plant spacing (65 cm x 30 cm, 75 cm x 30 cm, 85 cm x 30
cm and 95 cm x 30 cm). The experiment was laid out as a randomized complete
block design in a factorial arrangement and replicated three times. Analysis of
the results revealed that phosphorus fertilizer and plant spacing significantly
affected leaf area index, marketable tuber number, total tuber numbers, total
yields, specific gravity and tuber dry matter. However, days to follower and
days to maturity significantly affected by phosphorus fertilizer but did not
affect by plant spacing. Increasing or widening plant spacing significantly
reduced total as well as unmarketable tuber yields whereas decreasing or
narrowing it significantly increased this yield parameter. On the other hand,
increasing plant spacing significantly increased marketable tuber yields. In
conclusion, the phosphorus fertilizer and plant spacing produced the highest
tuber yields (ton ha-1) as well as marketable tuber yield in
response to planting at phosphorus fertilizer in the form of P2O5 115kg
ha-1 and spacing of 85 cm between rows and 30 cm between plants
for Belete variety was advisably.


Keywords: phosphorus fertilizer, plant spacing, potato.

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