Asexual Propagation Lab Report
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 …show more content…
This shows the tip root data (purple line), and the stem root data (blue line).
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