Effect of Blooming Period on
Flowering, Seed Setting and Seed Production of Three Alfalfa Cultivars in
*Plant Production Dept.** Plant Protection Dept.
Collage of Agriculture,
Low seed production of local cultivars has limited their use
on large-scale agricultural projects. This research aimed to study the effect
of blooming period on flowering, seed setting and seed production of the local
cultivars Hassawi and Qassimee compared with that of the commercial cultivar
The local cultivar Hassawi was generally lower than Qassimee and CUF101 in most flowering traits. Whereas CUF101 and Qassimee were not significantly different in number of pods per plant or seed yield, but both were significantly higher than Hassawi for both traits. This study has shown that only a small percentage of flowers produced got to set seeds, which leads to the need for more studies on pollinators' densities and activities to determine pollination practices for alfalfa commercial seed production in the Riyadh region.