THE EFFECT OF FERTILIZER ON GROWTH OF STAGHORN FERN AT SEEDLING STAGE
Keywords:Fertilizer on Growth of Staghorn fern, Staghorn fern, Platycerium coronarium
The effects of two fertilizer types with 3 concentrations on growth of staghorn fern
(Platycerium coronarium) were studied. This experiment was conducted at the nursery of Division of Crop
Production, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, during
October and December 2013. It was laid out in a RCBD with 4 replications and consisted of seven treatments.
The treatments were application of: water, a 21-21-21 fertilizer with the concentration of 0.5 g/l, 1.5 g/l, 3g/l,
Bio-fertilizer with the concentration of 1 ml/l, 2 ml/l and 3 ml/l of water. Leaf length, leaf width and canopy
width of the ferns were measured. The data were subjected to ANOVA, followed by Duncan’s Multiple
Range Test at 5% level of significance. No significant difference among treatments was found. However, the
water showed the best result. It gave 108.79 mm average canopy width, 3.13 mm average leaf length and
89.67 mm average leaf width.