International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 4, April 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]


Growth Performance of Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana Bert.) as Influenced by Clonal Propagation Methods and Growing Media
      Dr. Eric Randy R. Politud, Ph.D.
Abstract: The study was conducted to evaluate the growth performance of Stevia as influenced by clonal propagation methods and growing media at the Nursery House of the City Agriculture Office, Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines from September 2015 to November 2015. The study was carried-out in a 3 x 5 factorial arrangement in Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with three replicates and twenty plants per replication with cutting methods (A1 – shoot tip cuttings, A2 – nodal cuttings and A3 – wedge stem cuttings) as Factor A and growing media (B1 – pure garden soil, B2 – ½ garden soil + ½ vermicast, B3 – pure vermicast, B4 – ½ garden soil + ½ sand, and B5 – 1/3 garden soil + 1/3 sand + 1/3 vermicast) as Factor B. Results revealed that shoot tip cuttings in combination with 1/3 garden soil + 1/3 sand + 1/3 vermicast in plastic cups two months after planting significantly produced the tallest plants (13.72 cm), highest survival rates (96% for Factor A and 97.33% for Factor B), least incidence of leaf curling and leaf dark spot (both 1.22 ratings for Factor B), and most number of leaves (26.67) and branches (3.25). However, the combinations of nodal cuttings and pure garden soil showed very poor growth performance with the shortest height, least survival rate, highest incidence of leaf curling and leaf dark spot, and least number of leaves and branches. Thus, propagating Stevias using shoot tip cuttings with 1/3 garden soil + 1/3 sand + 1/3 vermicast media mixture using plastic cups for two months showed the best growth performance. Hence, recommended for mass propagation and herbage production.

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Dr. Eric Randy R. Politud, Ph.D. (2018); Growth Performance of Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana Bert.) as Influenced by Clonal Propagation Methods and Growing Media; Int J Sci Res Publ 6(4) (ISSN: 2250-3153). http://www.ijsrp.org/research-paper-0416.php?rp=P525306
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