Impact of alley cropping system amended with Sesbania and/or nitrogenous fertilizer on growth and yield of Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf
AFA Ebeid, EF Ali, Mona A Mostafa
The influence of incorporation of Sesbania prunings with various rates of nitrogenous fertilizer on growth and yield of lemongrass grown in alley cropping system during 2014 and 2015 seasons were conducted. Alley cropping and N fertilizer improved the soil fertility during the two seasons. The growth and yield parameters (plant height, number of tillers/clump, number of leaves/clump as well as herb yield) were significantly enhanced when grown in alleys supplemented with prunings + 70 kg N/fed during the two seasons. Likewise, nitrogen and potassium contents were induced as a mean of the two cuts. On the other hand, the elevated of carbohydrates, volatile oil and phosphorus contents were observed of lemongrass only + no alley cropping but prunings from outside incorporated treatment compared to the other treatments. On the contrary, the lowest values of growth and yield characteristics for lemongrass were due to lemongrass as sole crop in the two seasons.
AFA Ebeid, EF Ali, Mona A Mostafa. Impact of alley cropping system amended with Sesbania and/or nitrogenous fertilizer on growth and yield of Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf. J Med Plants Stud 2015;3(5):07-13.