Evaluation of cucumber germplasm for yield and its contributing attributes
Author(s) : Faheem Khadija, Bilquees Fatima* and Muhammad Usman
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Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is a genetically diverse group of vegetables having various cultivars with distinct traits. The study was conducted to explore the available germplasm of cucumber for better yield. Different commercial open pollinated and hybrid varieties of cucumber were planted in the field and evaluated for morphological variability in traits such as canopy, floral and fruit traits. Higher leaf length (6.16 mm) and width (6.29 mm) was found in “CP001” whereas the highest length (2.39 m) of first 15 nodes was observed in “Local khera” accession. However, dark color leaves were observed in “4308” accession. The highest number of female flowers plant-1were observed in “CP001” (3.33) and “Champion” (2.67) accession whereas the highest male flowers were observed in “Local khera” (329.33) and “Green pearl” (313.33). The highest number of fruits plant-1 were found in accessions “CP001” (18) and Local khera (17). Similarly, the highest fruit yield plant-1 was found in accession “CP001” (3.15 kg) followed by Local khera (2.98 kg). It was concluded from current studies that accession “CP001” performed better under Faisalabad climatic conditions.