GERMPLASM ASSESSMENT OF NARCISSUS (DAFFODILS) UNDER AGROCLIMATIC CONDITIONS OF KASHMIR HIMALAYA

M A A Siddique, N H Masoodi, Muzain Masoodi, Shameen Iqbal

Abstract


Assessment of growth characteristics and floral biology of 11 genotypes of Narcissus (daffodils) under the agro climatic conditions of Kashmir Himalaya was under taken during 2009-2010. Wide variation was observed across the genotypes on the basis of morphological and floral indicators including plant height, days taken to floral bud initiation, bud size at goose neck stage, anthesis, spathe length, dimensions of tepal and corona, flower diameter and flowering duration. Among the genotypes, Texas out numbered all the cultivars in terms of essential attributes including plant height (28.1cm), spathe length (47.38cm), corona length (2.26cm), corona diameter (3.50cm), bud size at goose neck stage (6.25cm), length and breadth of tepal (4.20cm and 3.78cm), flower diameter (9.68cm) and flowering duration (23.20cm).Minimum values for plant height (22.48cm ), spathe length (33.33cm), corona length (1.20cm), bud size at goose neck stage (3.36cm), flower diameter(4.60cm) and flowering duration (14 days) with Pheasant's eye. Apart from this, variations were recorded in floral biology among the genotypes; maximum duration to reach pencil stage (12.16 days), goose neck stage (6.83 days), days for anthesis (7 days) was noticed with Texas while as minimum days to reach pencil stage (8.83) was observed in HMMI N5 and least duration to reach goose neck stage (5.25 days) and anthessis (3.13 days) was recorded for Brandswick.


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