ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 81 Number 2
Influence of length and diameter of semi-hardwood stem cuttings on cutting success of Commiphora wightii. (101)
A study was conducted to determine the effects of length and diameter on regeneration of semi-hardwood stem cuttings of Indian bdellium [Commiphora wightii (Arnott.) Bhand.J. The stem cuttings of three levels each of length 15 cm, 20 cm, and 25 cm, and diameter 0.5 cm, 1.0 cm, and 1.5 cm, were taken for planting. The treatments were arranged in a randomized complete block design with three replications. The number of branches and primary roots per plant increased significantly (P < 0.05) with thick cuttings (1.0 cm or 1.5 cm). Dry matter partitioning (leaf, stem, and root) was significantly (P < 0.05) enhanced with cuttings of 25-cm length and 1.5-cm diameter. Irrespective of length, the diameter did not significantly (P > 0.05) influence the cutting success. However, the longer cuttings of 20-25 cm were found to be most successful in their field establishment.
Keywords: Indian bdellium [Commiphora wightii (Arnott.) Bhand.); Length; Diameter; Growth; Dry matter partitioning; Cutting success