Agricultural and Biological Sciences Journal
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Agricultural and Biological Sciences Journal, Vol.1, No.2, Apr. 2015, Pub. Date: Mar. 21, 2015
Root and Shoot Growth of Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus undatus) Stem Cutting as Influenced by Indole Butytic Acid
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Authors
[01] Thayamini H. Seran, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture. Eastern University, Chenkalady, Sri Lanka.
[02] A. Thiresh, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture. Eastern University, Chenkalady, Sri Lanka.
Abstract
This study was done to determine the most suitable concentration of IBA for better establishment of stem cuttings of dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus). Therefore, the stem cuttings were dipped in various concentrations of IBA and then planted in the polythene bags containing sand: top soil: cow dung at a rate of 2:1:1. This experiment was designed in Completely Randomized Design with three replicates. The treatments included 2000, 4000, 6000, 8000 ppm concentrations of IBA and a control. The results revealed that cuttings treated with 8000 ppm IBA gave the best root growth and it was not significantly different from the higher concentrations of IBA (6000 ppm). At 60 days after planting of cuttings, shoot length (9.5 cm), shoot fresh (10.25 g) and dry (0.59 g) weights were recorded higher in cuttings dipped in 6000 ppm concentration of IBA. The results suggest that IBA at 6000 ppm concentration is better for the establishment of the dragon fruit cuttings.
Keywords
Dragon Fruit, IBA, Rooting, Stem Cutting, Shoot Growth, Vegetative Propagation
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