• I. M. ALARIMA Department of Horticulture
  • E.A. MAKINDE Department of Horticulture
  • O. S. AYENI Department of Horticulture,
  • J.G. BODUNDE Department of Horticulture
  • T.A. SHITTU Department of Food Science and Technology


Gateway organic fertilizer, Poinsett, Marketmore, Marketer


Appropriate crop variety and organic fertilizer rate are factors that impact growth and yield of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L). Two field trials were conducted between April and December, 2015 at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria in the tropical rainforest-savannah transition zone of south-western Nigeria, to determine optimum rate of an organic fertilizer on three varieties of cucumber. There were four organic manure rate treatments comprising 0, 5, 10, and 15  t.ha-1 of Gateway Organic Fertilizer brand. The three cucumber varieties investigated were: Marketmore, Poinsett and Marketer.  Treatments were arranged in a split - plot arrangement fitted into Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with 4 replicates. Data collected on growth and yield parameters were subjected to analysis of variance using GENSTAT discovery.  Gateway Organic Fertilizer application had positive influence on growth and fruit yield of cucumber. Number of leaves, number of branches and vine length increased with increasing organic fertilizer rate. Yield was increased up to 53.63 %, 64.74 % and 51.65 % with Marketmore, Poinsett and Marketer varieties, respectively. Among the varieties, Poinsett variety was best for optimum growth and yield. Application of 10 t.ha-1 Gateway Organic Fertilizer was optimum for fruit yield of cucumber.




Author Biographies

I. M. ALARIMA, Department of Horticulture

Federal University of Agriculture PMB 2240, Abeokuta Nigeria

E.A. MAKINDE, Department of Horticulture

Federal University of Agriculture PMB 2240, Abeokuta Nigeria

O. S. AYENI, Department of Horticulture,

Federal University of Agriculture PMB 2240, Abeokuta Nigeria

J.G. BODUNDE, Department of Horticulture

Federal University of Agriculture PMB 2240, Abeokuta Nigeria

T.A. SHITTU, Department of Food Science and Technology

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Nigeria



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