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International Journal Of Forest, Animal And Fisheries Research(IJFAF)

Effect of different growth media on sprouting and early growth of cutting-propagated Cordiaafricana (Lam.)

Titus Fondo Ambebe , Agbor Emoh Wilsilia Agbor , C.H. Sime Siohdjie

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DOI: 10.22161/ijfaf.2.1.4

Journal : International Journal Of Forest, Animal And Fisheries Research(IJFAF)

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Cordiaafricana(Lam.)is an economically and ecologically important component tree species of the Bamenda Highlands Forest which is under threat from over-exploitation. There is a need to develop high quality planting stock for increased availability and sustainability of the species. A study was carried out at the National Forestry Development Agency (ANAFOR) in Bamenda, North West of Cameroon, to evaluate the effect ofgrowth medium on sprouting and growth of vegetatively propagated C.africana(Lam.). Hardwood cuttings from lower branches of trees were grown in sand, sawdust, and a 1:1 sand: sawdust mixture in a non-mist propagator for three months. Data on percentage sprouting, days to sprouting, number of shoots, shoot height, stem diameter, stem volume, number of leaves, leaf length, leaf width, and leaf area were subjected to analysis of variance(ANOVA) and Scheffé’s multiple means comparison test at 5% level of probability. While sawdust significantly reduced values of all the plant traits, no significant differences were detected between sand and the sand: sawdust mixture. The results show that sand and 1:1 sawdust: sand are suitable alternatives for propagation of C. africana(Lam.)from branch cuttings.

Cordiaafricana(Lam.), morphology, non-mist propagator, sprouting, substrate.

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