Germination of ‘Red Lady’ var. Carica papaya seeds treated with moringa leaf extract (MLE)
MA. CIELO ANGELA T. ADVINCULA, JUSTINE ELISE C. AREÑO, RIKKA GRACE O. SOMBIRO, ARIS C. LARRODER, and VIRNA JANE M. NAVARRO
Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus – Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PSHS WVC), Brgy. Bito-on, Jaro, Iloilo City 5000, Philippines
While papaya is known as one of the major fruits in export internationally, its germination, which can only be done through seeds taken fresh from the fruit, has reportedly been poor. This study aimed to determine and compare the effects of different concentrations of the crude aqueous moringa Leaf Extract (MLE) on the germination of the ‘Red Lady’ var. Carica papaya L. (papaya) seeds. The Carica papaya seeds were cleaned, dried, and treated with different concentrations of moringa leaf extract and then allowed to germinate for 10 days. The results showed that there is no significant difference between the germination percentage, rate of emergence, and germination index of seeds applied with MLE and those that were left untreated. Therefore, the results indicate the ineffectiveness of moringa leaf extract as a seed treatment in the improvement of the germination of ‘Red Lady’ var. Carica papaya L. seeds.
Keywords: germination, MLE, Papaya, Red Lady Papaya, Seed Treatment