Germination percentage and growing behavior of Salix tetrasperma (Willow) as affected by size of branch cutting and low polythene tunnel

Muhammad Rafay1, Muhammad Abdullah1, Tanveer Hussain1, Tahira Ruby2 Sohail Akhtar3and Iram Fatima2

1.Department of Forestry, Range and Wildlife Management, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
2.Department of Life Sciences, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 3.Department of Entomology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Propagation through branch cuttings is one of the best methods to produced tree nursery the yield of the tree produced from a cutting can be higher then a tree produced from seedlings, the conditions provided to them are important factor for getting good results. The aim of this study was to find the best size of cuttings for establishment of nursery and also to compare their performance in open air or in artificial conditions under plastic sheets cuttings of 2 inches, 4 and 6 of Salix tetrasperma were raised in plastic bags of size 3x7 their were three treatments with 25 bags in each and replicated 4 times. The data on sprouting percentage, plant height, root development etc was recorded after every two weeks. The data thus collected was analyzed statically using randomized complete block design. Result showed that cutting of 2 inches has high sprouting percentage and growth behavior as compared to other cuttings.

Originally published at April 2015 — JBES/INNSPUB.NET

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