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

Muhammad Rafay, Muhammad Abdullah, Tanveer Hussain, Tahira Ruby Sohail Akhtar, and Iram Fatima

Department of Forestry, Range and Wildlife Management, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Department of Life Sciences, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 3Department of Entomology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Key words: Salix tetrasperma, Cutting sizes, Growth behavior, Polythene sheet.


102_2255Propagation 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 3×7 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.

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