Effect of Grafting Muskmelon (Cucumis Melo. L) var. Natash ‎F1 and Palmeta F1 Using Shintoza F1 and Gourd as ‎Rootstocks on Growth and Yield Traits

Bassam Ibrahim Alsayed*(1) Ahmad Majed Jalloul(1) and Nasr Aziz Shiekh Sleman(1)

(1). Horticulture Department,  Faculty of Agriculture, Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria.

(٭Corresponding author: Eng. Bassam Ibrahim Alsayed. E-mail: bsssa2014@gmail.com).

Received: 03/02/2019                               Accepted: 07/05/2019


This investigation was carried out at Ain Aljrn, Al-Ghab, Hama Governorate during the two agricultural seasons 2016 and 2017. The experiment was conducted in an open field. The search aimed to study the effect of the rootstocks of gourd hybrid Shintoza F1 , and  squash (Cucurbita moschata. Duchesne ex Lam) on plant growth, number of fruits and yield of the watermelon hybrids Natasha F1 and Palmeta F1. This experiment included 6 treatments and was laid out according to randomized  complete block design with four replicates. The two hybrids Natasha F1 and Palmeta F1 were grafted on the rootstocks Shintoza F1 and squash (Cucurbita moschata. Duchesne ex Lam). The results showed that  plants of the two hybrids Natasha F1 and Palmeta F1 that were grafted on Shintoza F1, and the squash (Cucurbita moschata. Duchesne ex Lam) were superior to the non-grafted plants. The hybrid Natasha F1 which was grafted on rootstock hybrid Shintoza F1, was superior in stem length of the main plants (235.98 and 235.89 cm/plant, respectively) and the leaf area of the plants (18685.52, 18684.48 cm²/plant, respectively), number of female flowers, number of fruits and total productivity (9.52, 9.06) tons/dunum respectively during the two seasons of the experiment.

Key words: Muskmelon, Grafting, Growth traits, Productivity traits.

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