IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 4, April 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dr. Eric Randy R. Politud, Ph.D. and Rodulfo R. Pabellan, Jr
Vermitea is a water extract from vermicast brewed for beneficial organisms. This study was conducted at Campo, Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines from December 2012 to June 2013 to determine the efficacy of varying levels and brewing durations of vermitea foliar spray applications on the growth and yield of eggplant. A study was laid-out in a 4 x 4 factorial arrangement in Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) and replicated 3 times, with concentration levels as Factor A and brewing durations as Factor B. Results revealed that plants sprayed with 20% concentration level of vermitea had the tallest plants (29.69 cm), most resistant to pests and diseases (3.8), earliest to produce 50% flowers (50.33 days), produced the most number of flowers (144.92), highest percent fruit set (74.72%), longest fruit (20.79 cm), largest fruit (3.56 cm), obtained the highest total fruit yield (9.21 tons/ha) and the highest ROI (228.93%). Brewing vermitea for two days produced the tallest plants (25.21 cm), most resistant to pests and diseases (3.35), most number of flowers (133.67), highest percent fruit set (76.19%), longest fruit (21.75), largest fruit (3.50 cm), highest fruit yield (9.44 tons/ha) and highest ROI (232.49%). Plants with no foliar application consistently showed very poorly in all growth and yield parameters.