Effect of phosphorus fertilizer and shoot pruning on growth, yield and fruit quality of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

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  • B U OLAYINKA University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • A S ABDULBAKI Federal University Dutsinma, Katsina state, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3505-0425
  • M OYEWOLE University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • O E JACOBS School of Sciences, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • K A ABDULKAREEM University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • A R LAWAL Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria
  • L B ABDULRAUF University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • I KAREEM University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • G Y MUHAMMED University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • C P EZEKEKWU University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • O T MUSTAPHA University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria



Fertilization, Pruning, Phosphorus, Tomato, Yield


Phosphorus fertilization or pruning as sole practice has been established to enhance tomato yield. However, there is a dearth of knowledge when both practices are combined. Under potted experiment, two tomato varieties (Tomato 82-B and Local) were subjected to 13 treatment combinations of phosphorus fertilization and pruning between June and September, 2021 in a garden situated at Ilorin, Nigeria. In both varieties, plants receiving 30 kg P/ha + two-stem pruning recorded highest growth indices. Marketable fruit yield was remarkably enhanced under 45 kg P/ha + four-stem pruning and 30 kg P/ha + two-stem pruning in local and Tomato 82-B respectively. Local variety showed more vigorous growth and yield than Tomato 82-B. Proximate compositions showed inconsistent results. Ascorbic acid, beta-carotene and lycopene were highest in tomato plants receiving 60 kg P/ha + four-stem pruning, 15 kg P/ha + three-stem pruning and 45 kg P/ha + four-stem respectively. Tomato 82-B had higher ascorbic acid and beta-carotene than the local variety. Conclusively, four-stem pruning + 45 kg/ha and two-stem pruning + 30 kg/ha are considered optimum for improving the yield of tomato varieties studied and that combination of pruning and phosphorus fertilization showed little influence on the fruit quality.


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OLAYINKA, B. U., ABDULBAKI, A. S., OYEWOLE, M., JACOBS, O. E., ABDULKAREEM, K. A., LAWAL, A. R., ABDULRAUF, L. B., KAREEM, I., MUHAMMED, G. Y., EZEKEKWU, C. P., & MUSTAPHA, O. T. (2023). Effect of phosphorus fertilizer and shoot pruning on growth, yield and fruit quality of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). The Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 93(6), 668–672. https://doi.org/10.56093/ijas.v93i6.128458