Juvenile Development of Tamarindus indica (L) Seedlings

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EL Khalifa, K. F.
El Nour, M.
EL Matari, Y.
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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum, Shambat, Sudan
This study was undertaken to investigate the optimum conditions for juvenile development of Tamarindus indica (L.) in the nursery. The seedlings were raised in three different soil types and under three irrigation regimes. Data on shoot height, root length and dry weight of shoots indicated that soil solely made up of silt is a better medium (P = 0.05) for raising Tamarindus indica seedlings than pure and sand- silt mixture. The irrigation intervals of 2,4 and 6 days gave similar results (P= 0.05) during the first 2 weeks of development. Thereafter, best results were obtained with short irrigation intervals of 2 days. The combination of sandy soil and long watering intervals caused mortality of the seedlings after 8 weeks of development; however, silt under long watering intervals had produced much less mortality of seedlings.
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dry weight, silt, irrigation regimes, soil type and root length.