Marigold has special values in Nepal as elsewhere. Especially during light festival (Depawali) huge quantity of this flower is consumed for home decoration. Consumer’ prefers higher longevity, contrasting colors and variation in size whereas producers prefer higher yielding and types preferred by the consumers. Local varieties are monotonous, not compact and low yielding. Looking at the market demand, field trials were conducted to evaluate contrasting pot type marigold genotypes for vegetative growth, floral quality and yield attributes at three different locations (Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur district) of Nepal in 2019. These trials were designed in Randomized Complete Block (RCBD) with 11 pot type marigold genotypes (Sun Orange, Sun Gold, Sun Yellow, M-45 Orange, M-45 Gold, M-45 Yellow, SO-1 Orange, SO-1 Gold, SO-1 Yellow, K-Yellow and FO9 Orange) replicated three times. Genotypes M-45 Orange and FO9 Orange were taller in plant height and well spreading canopy type. Genotypes SO-1 Orange, SO-1 Yellow, SO-1 Gold and K-Yellow were dwarf type and had less spreading canopy. These highly spreading and spread not being able to cover vase type marigold varieties are not suitable for pot plantation by nursery growers. We found that varieties such as M-45 Gold (among gold color), M-45 Yellow (among yellow color) and Sun Orange (among orange color) were suitable for pot plantation due to good plant height, proper spreading type, enough number of nodes and branches, good number of flowers per plant, suitable flower diameter, flower weight and pedicel length.

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DAHAL, SABINA TIWARI, SUCHIT SHRESTHA, UMED KUMAR PUM, Januka. Evaluation of Pot Type Marigold (Tagetus Patula) Varieties for Commercial Value Traits at Three Different Locations of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Global Journal of Science Frontier Research, [S.l.], nov. 2021. ISSN 2249-4626. Available at: <https://journalofscience.org/index.php/GJSFR/article/view/3027>. Date accessed: 27 nov. 2021.