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Effect of power plant (grow and bloom) on the growth and development of oil palm seedlings

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Department of Animal Science, University of Benin
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Chemical fertilizer that is most commonly applied to oil palm is scarce and usually very expensive when available. As a consequence of this and other constraints, there seems to be no option but to explore potential alternative sources of plant nutrients. The present study investigates the use of power plant (a liquid inorganic fertilizer) applied to soils supporting oil palm as a potential source of fertilizer. Growth and development parameters measured were significantly affected by the various treatments. Combined application of power plant and NPKMg 12-12-17-2 in equal ratio produced the best performance and it was significantly different from other treatments, while the least performance of seedlings was recorded in the control without fertilizer additive. br> Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences Vol. 3 (2) 2005: pp.71-77

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