Differential Effects of a Vermicompost Fertilizer on Emergence and Seedling Growth of Tomato Plants


  • Yurdagül Şimşek Erşahin Department of Biology, Science Faculty, Çankırı Karatekin University, 18200 Çankırı
  • Ali Ece Program of Plant and Animal Production, Korkuteli Vocational School, Akdeniz University, 07800 Korkuteli/Antalya
  • Ebru Karnez Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Çukurova University, 01100 Adana




Organic fertilizer, Plant nutrition, Plant growth, Organic farming, Vermicomposting.


Vermicompost products have gained a great importance in plant nutrition over the years. They are reported to have plant growth promoting effects both in horticulture and field crops. The nutritional value and chemical properties of vermicomposts highly depend on the feedstock used in their production. The aim of this study was to evaluate vermicompost manure, derived from the mixture of cattle manure and kitchen scraps, on seed germination and growth of tomato seedlings (Lycopersicon lycopersicum Mill.). Four solid vermicompost amendment rates of 0, 10, 20, and 30% were applied in plastic trays. Vermicompost application delayed and reduced seed emergence in all application rates, while in general, vermicompost substitution promoted growth tomato seedlings up to 20% of application rate. The results showed that vermicompost substitutions greater than 20% had adverse effects on seedling emergence and seedling growth parameters, which was attributed to high EC of vermicompost induced by cattle manure. Results suggest that both physical and chemical properties of the feedstock used for vermicompost production should be taken into consideration in order to sustain high vermicompost quality to ensure targeted plant growth for horticultural and agricultural purposes.




How to Cite

Şimşek Erşahin, Y., Ece, A., & Karnez, E. (2017). Differential Effects of a Vermicompost Fertilizer on Emergence and Seedling Growth of Tomato Plants. Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, 5(11), 1360–1364. https://doi.org/10.24925/turjaf.v5i11.1360-1364.1458



Agriculture and Environment