Effect of different mulch materials on growth and yield attributing traits in broccoli (Brassica oleracia var. italica L.)
A field experiment was conducted at Vegetable Research and Demonstration Block, RLBCAU, Jhansi during November 2018 to March 2019. The experiment consisted of six treatments, viz. T0 = Control (without mulch), T1 = Clear plastic, T2=Black plastic, T3 = Red plastic, T4=Green Leaves and T5= Dry Grass was laid out in randomized block design with four replications. Maximum number of leaves (15.45), leaf length (53.28 cm), leaf breadth (23.10 cm), number of spears (7.25), average spear weight (32.46 g), head polar diameter (11.64 cm), head equatorial diameter (10.92 cm), head weight (496.19g), yield 16.65 t/ha and TSS (11.980Brix) and minimum days to head harvest (63.70), were observed in T2 (Black mulch) followed by T3 (Red mulch) in comparison to T0 (Control/without mulch). So, it can be concluded that black plastic mulch is suitable for broccoli cultivation during winter season in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.