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Fruit yield and quality of iron-sprayed tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) grown on high pH calcareous soil


Volume 20, Issue 2, February 2016, Pages 268–271

 Fruit yield and quality of iron-sprayed tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) grown on high pH calcareous soil

Samira Ibn Maaouia Houimli, Hanen Jdidi, Fatma Boujelben, and Mounir Denden

Original language: English

Received 4 August 2015

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


This study was conducted to determine the effect of foliar iron applications on fruit quality and yield of tomato under unheated greenhouse conditions. Tomato plants were treated with foliar iron applications at different concentrations (0, 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 mg.l-1). Iron was applied with spraying eight times during the vegetation at 7-day intervals 40 days after planting. In the study, it was determined that foliar applications of iron showed positive effect on some fruit characteristics. Fruit number and yield of medium and large sized fruits were significantly increased in the 500 and 1000 mg.l-1 treatments, which subsequently resulted in an increase of marketable yield. Iron treatments had no effect on pH of fruit tomato. Whereas, firmness and total soluble solids increased with foliar iron sprays. According to our results, applications of 1000 mg.l-1 iron should be recommended in order to improve marketable yield in tomato production.

Author Keywords: Iron, Foliar spray, Tomato, Fruit quality, Yield.


How to Cite this Article


Samira Ibn Maaouia Houimli, Hanen Jdidi, Fatma Boujelben, and Mounir Denden, “Fruit yield and quality of iron-sprayed tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) grown on high pH calcareous soil,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 268–271, February 2016.