Media Standardization for Propagation of Caralluma (Caralluma Tuberculata)

Niaz Muhammad


To study the response of Caralluma (Caralluma tuberculata) growth to different media combination with an aim to identify suitable media combination for its propagation. An experiment was conducted at Barani Agricultural Research Station, Kohat during 2012 and 2013. The local wild Caralluma weighing 50g was planted in pots measuring 8”×10” arranged in complete randomized design (CRD) with four replications. Data were recorded on number of sticks plant-1, stick diameter, stick length and fresh yield pot-1 for two years. Pooled analysis of variance revealed significant differences among media types for all the traits studied, whereas, for year significant differences were only recorded for stick length and fresh yield pot-1.  Year x media interactions was found significant for number of stick plant-1.  Maximum values for fresh yield pot-1 (403 g), stick length (17.6 cm) and number of sticks plant-1 (25) were produced in pots containing media combination of  Sand + Silt + Saw Dust + FYM. Significant increase in fresh yield and other yield traits of Carraluma was noticed during the second year in comparison with first year. Furthermore, media type 4 (Sand + Silt + Saw Dust + FYM) showed remarkable results for yield and other traits and could be recommended for propagation of Caralluma.

Keywords: Caralluma, Caralluma tuberculata, propagation, media

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