IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Eswaran. N and Mariselvi,S
The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of vermicompost and organic fertilizers on growth and yield of tomato plants. Various growth and yield parameters like mean Percentage of seed germination and seedling length plant height, yield/plant, marketable yield/plant, mean leaf number, total plant biomass were recorded for each treatment. Almost all the growth, yield and quality parameters increased significantly as compared to control, though the increase within the treatments was not found to be significant. Vermicompost is produced by vermicomposting of organic material through interactions between earthworm and microorganisms. The present study suggested that vermicompost is more favorable for vigorous production of tomatoes. The vermicompost can be economically and environmentally suitable and also maintenance of soil environment. The continued use of chemical fertilizers causes health and environmental hazards such as ground and surface water pollution by nitrate leaching. Compost refers to organic constituents, usually wastes, that have been mixed, piled, and moistened and undergo thermophilic decomposition that alters or decomposes the original organic materials.