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Comparative Analysis of the Performance and Yield of Five Varieties of Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) Under Umudike Condition in Abia State

C. O. Ohiaeri
A. U. Akor


The experiment to evaluate the performance of five cucumber varieties (CU999, CU986, Smart, Market more, and Local variety) under Umudike condition was carried out at the Western Farm of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. The study was aimed at determining the highest-yielding variety suited for the Umudike agroecosystem. The study was carried out using Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with three replicates. The treatments used in this research were the cucumber varieties (CU999, CU986, smart, market more, and local variety). Cow dung which served as soil amendment material was allowed to decompose for two weeks and uniformly applied on all the plots. Data were collected on the following parameters; Number of days to emergence, vine length, number of leaves, leaf area, number of days from emergence to flower initiation, number of days from emergence to 50% flowering, number of days from emergence to fruit formation, fruit yield per plant, fruit yield per plot and fruit yield per hectare. The result showed that CU999 variety produced the highest yield per plant (0.60kg), per plot (3.40kg), and per hectare (8.50 tons/ha) of cucumber in Umudike. It is therefore recommended that cucumber variety - CU999 be used for production under Umudike conditions.