April 4, 2012
Asexual Propagation is the process of using plant materials such as the stems, leaves, and roots to multiply the number of plants. These plants eventually grow to be a brand new plant that is genetically identical to the parent plant it came from. In several types of plants, asexual propagation is the fastest means of new plant growth. Asexual propagation is also a good way to maintain a plant species because they are genetically identical. In this process, adventitious roots are seen in the growing cycle. Adventitious roots are those that grow form parts of the plant that they normally would not grow from. The cuttings must do this in order to form a completely new plant. There are multiple methods of asexual propagation; some include cuttings, layering, division, and budding/grafting. This experiment is designed to look into the method of using cuttings for asexual propagation and the success of the plant parts. As this experiment goes on more herbaceous and succulent plants will root quicker than woody plants. II. Materials and Method-
The materials used to complete this experiment were as follows: potting media that the plants would be planted in, a rectangular flat in which the plant cuttings and media will go in to, pruners to remove the cuttings, a ruler to collect data for the wandering traveler, stakes to divide each section of plants, and markers to label the stakes with. There were many plants utilized in this experiment, the succulents included: the Snake Plant (Sansevieria sarmentosa), Mother of Thousands (Bryophyllum diagremontanum), the Umbrella Palm (Cyperus alternifolius), Jade (Crassula argentea), Peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia), The Ficus Tree (Ficus benjamina), the Mouse Ear, the Wandering Traveler (Zebrina pendula), Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla), Swedish Ivy (Pelecutanthus australis), and lastly the Autumn Sage...