Asexual Propagation Lab Report

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Asexual Propagation Lab Report
Chance Bufe
PSS 1411-512
Vikram Baliga
April 4, 2012

I. Introduction-
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
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Also during these weeks, the Ficus plant had grown roots and shoots were emerging. During weeks three and four is where some more change began to take place. The Mother of Thousands began rooting, but then was looking a little discolored. During weeks four and five the Peperomia plant began rooting and the Mouse Ear Jew and the Wandering Traveler began to grow much faster than before. Also by this time the Umbrella Palm was completely wilted, crunchy, and dead. The data that was collected on the Wandering Traveler can be expressed in the following graphs.

This shows the tip root data (purple line), and the stem root data (blue line).

IV. Discussion-
Throughout the course of this experiment it is obvious that the herbaceous and succulent cuttings formed adventitious roots much quicker than the wood plants using Asexual Propagation. The only woody plant that rooted well was the Ficus plant, while the others did not. The herbaceous and succulent plants were on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Wandering Traveler, Mouse Ear Jew, Swedish Ivy, Jade, Autumn Sage, Japanese Boxwood, Peperomia, Mother of Thousands, and the Snake Plant all rooted and were in the process of either just beginning shoot growth, and in some cases growing exponentially. It is hard to say whether the polarity of the plants tested made a huge difference considering the fact that the Snake Plant grew adventitious roots on both polarities, but