Plant growth and yield in moni (Morinda citrifolia L.) as influenced by integrated nutrient management practices.
Noni (Morinda citrifolia L.) well known for its vast medicinal benefits is an ever green tree of the family Rubiaceae. The tree flowers and fruits almost throughout the year and hence the continuous supply of nutrients is much essential to realize the better yields. As such the plant is hardy and grows wild in tropical forests. Systematic cultivation of noni has recently started in India and elsewhere which demands a set of cultivation guidelines. No much work has been done on standardization of agro techniques for noni. The present study was done to study the effect of applied nutrients on growth and yield of noni with seven treatments viz., T1-Control-no fertilizer application, T2-50:100:100 kg ha-1 NPK, T3-50: 225:50 kg ha-1 NPK, T4-50:100:100 kg ha-1 NPK wherein 50% of recommended P supplied through bone meal, T5-50:225:50 kg ha-1 NPK wherein 50% of recommended P supplied through bone meal, T6-50:100:100 kg ha-1 NPK wherein 100% of recommended P supplied through bone meal and T7-50:225:50 kg ha-1 NPK wherein 100% of recommended P supplied through bone meal. Among theses the treatments T5 and T7 have proven best in terms plant growth and yield.