A NOVEL STUDY OF PUMPKIN (CUCURBITA MOSCHATA) ON MORPHOLOGY AND ITS YIELD ATTRIBUTING CHARACTERS IN PAKISTAN

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Muhammad Amin
Shereen Niaz
Sadia Sardar
Amir Hussain
Muhammad Aslam Korai
Muhammad Burhan
Sajid Ali
Farman Ali
Hafiz Tassawar Abbas
Aiman Umar
Muhammad Zahid Aslam

Keywords

Pumpkin, Plain area, Qualitative attributes, Varieties

Abstract

Genotypes (20) of pumpkin were studied for morphological and yield characters during 2019-20. Flowering days were ranged from 51.0-71.1days. Early maturity and flower was observed in VarietyVF-309. Different ranges were observed for different parameters. Morphological traits recorded were leaf diameter, branches, leaf length and length of vine at harvest. The genotype VF-242 produced maximum vine length i.e. 396.1cm. Vine length was lowest i.e 165.6 cm in genotype VF-255. Range of leaf length was from 27.4 cm to 44.2 cm in different pumpkin genotypes. Branches were ranged from 2.0-4.1. The branches number was found maximum 4.1 in genotype VF-270. Fruit per plant was showed maximum 13.7 by genotypeVF-268. The fruit was minimum 2.0 in genotype VF-311. The average fruit weight 3.2 kg was given by genotype VF-250. The average fruit weight was minimum 1.0 kg in genotype VF-257. Pumpkin lines behaved differently for different parameters. Yield per plant 32.0 kg/plant was recorded in genotype VF-422 and it was on top ranked. Minimum yield 1.9 kg/plant was observed in genotype VF-270. Fruit color and flesh color of all the studied genotypes showed variations. Out of the 20 studied 7 genotypes including VF-422, VF-268, VF-242, VF-116, VF-423, VF-250, VF-309 may be used in future breeding program to develop pumpkin hybrids/varieties.

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