African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6574

Full Length Research Paper

Propagation of Farash (Tamarix aphylla) as affected by cutting lengths under low polytunnel and open air

Aitzaz Malik
  • Aitzaz Malik
  • Department of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
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Shahid Hafeez
  • Shahid Hafeez
  • Department of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
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  •  Received: 03 July 2015
  •  Accepted: 25 May 2017
  •  Published: 16 November 2017

Abstract

A research study was conducted on Tamarix aphylla in August, 2008, in the experimental area of Department of Forestry, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Punjab to find out the impact of vegetative propagation of Farash (T. aphylla) through different size of cuttings in open air and under low polytunnel. In this study, 2", 4" and 6" long cuttings were planted in shade in polythene bags, with nine holes, 3" wide and 7" long, made in each bag for irrigation purpose. The data was recorded twice a month on sprouting percentage, height of plant, root length and number of root branches for two months after initial planting in the month of August. Sprouting percentage and height of plants were maximum in T3 (6" long cuttings) and minimum in T1 (2" long cuttings) in both open air and low polytunnel, but overall the success rate was much higher under the low polytunnel. The measurement of roots length and number of roots branches was maximum in T1 than T3, in open air and low polythene tunnel.

Key words: Tamarix aphylla, cuttings, growth, open air, polytunnel.