Propagation Medium Porosity And Ficus Pumila Propagation Success
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Propagation Medium Porosity and Ficus pumila Propagation Success
Creeping fig (Ficus pumila) is a perennial vining plant native to Asia (Liang et al., 2012). The creeping fig has been used for many centuries in Chinese folk medicine to treat a host of illnesses including but not limited to inflammation, diabetes, dizziness and high blood pressure(Liang et al., 2012). The fruits have also been harvested for their natural pectin’s, which are extracted in water to create a thick liquid that is considered a Chinese delicacy (Liang et al., 2012). Ficus pumila is widely used in the land scape to control erosion on sloped ground. Its growth habit being low growing and vining lead to great coverage of the ground preventing rain to…show more content… This experiment investigated the effects of various propagation media on rooting success in Ficus pumila, the results of this experiment will allow propagators to make more educated evaluations of the media they use in the propagation of commercial crops, increasing propagation success, and ultimately increase the quantity and quality of the plants propagated leading to higher economic return.
Materials and Methods: The physical properties of bulk density, water holding capacity and aeration porosity of various soilless media were determined with the following experiment to create a baseline for further interpretation of the effects of media on rooting.
• 4.5” pot
• Digital scale
• Graduated cylinder
• Soilless medias: o Sand o Peat moss o Perlite o Vermiculite o 3:1 Perlite:Peat o 1:3 Perlite:Peat o Germination mix (store bought) o Greenhouse mix (store bought) Procedure1: Using the tape cover the drainage wholes of the pot, fill container with water and using take the initial weight. Empty the container and properly wet, mix and fill pot with soilless media. Slowly fill the pot with a measured amount of water to be level with media. Once full remove tape over a beaker and measure amount of water once the container stops dripping, this will be representative volume of the aeration porosity. Once fully drained weigh the