Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm

Plant Density Effects on Aphrodite and Eclipse Muskmelon

Author: Vincent Lawson (Iowa State University)

  • Plant Density Effects on Aphrodite and Eclipse Muskmelon

    Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm

    Plant Density Effects on Aphrodite and Eclipse Muskmelon

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Abstract

The objective of this two-year study was to determine the effect of within-row hill spacing and the number of plants/hill on the yield and fruit size of Aphrodite and Eclipse muskmelon. This two-year study found that Eclipse produced its best early and total yields while maintaining large fruit size in a planting arrangement of one plant every 21 in. and in rows 7 ft apart, equaling a population of 3,556/acre. Aphrodite bore fewer but larger fruit on a plant and produced its best total yield when planted in a high-density arrangement of one plant every 11 in. or 7,112 plants/acre. However, like Eclipse, its early yield was increased when spaced one plant every 21 in. in the row.

How to Cite:

Lawson, V., (2006) “Plant Density Effects on Aphrodite and Eclipse Muskmelon”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2005(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2006
Peer Reviewed