THE EFFECT OF PRE-TREATMENTS ON GERMINATION OF SEEDS OF Aframomum melegueta (ALLIGATOR PEPPER) IN SOUTHERN NIGERIA
Aronu, A. J.; Nwachukwu, O. C. and Adebayo, O.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The seeds of Afromomum melegueta are difficult to germinate due to seed dormancy. This has made this medicinally important species unpopular. Experimentation was carried out in the Eastern Research station of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria Nursery at Umuahia, to test the influence of 3 pre-germination seed treatments of the seeds of Aframomum melegueta. Simple Complete Randomized Design experiment with 4 replicates was used. The hot water treatment showed a significant influence on the germination percentage and significantly different from potash solution and un-boiled water which are statistically the same with the control.