Vegetative propagation of bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) using different rooting agents


Cristian Castillo-Cabrera
Sergio I. Mendoza-Pedroza
José A. S. Escalante-Estrada
Gabino García-De los Santos
Arturo Pro-Martínez
Fernando González-Cerón


Lotus corniculatus L., Medicago sativa L., Trifolium repens L., Trifolium pratense L.


Objective: To evaluate the growth dynamics based on the dry matter production of Lotus corniculatus L. variety 202700 and its morphological composition.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The study was carried out in the glass greenhouses of the Colegio de Postgraduados in Montecillo, Texcoco, Edo. Mexico, from December 2020 to May 2021. The effect of indole butyric acid (IBA) growth promoter in solid presentation Radix 1500 and liquid Radix T 3000 (S+ESolid and S+ELiquid) and a control (Substrate) was evaluated., a completely randomized design with three replicates was used, each with twenty pots as replicates. 1300 pots were planted, of which 20 of each treatment were taken monthly (30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 days) for subsequent data recording.

Results: S+ESolid was the one that presented the highest values ​​followed by S+ELiquid and Witness (S) respectively.

Study Limitations/Implications: Destructive sampling of less than 30 days or greater than 150 days was not considered.

Findings/Conclusions: The plants with the application of 1500 ppm of IBA registered the greatest response in terms of variables: number of leaves, number of stems, leaves (g), stems (g), roots (g), root height (cm), root volume (cm3), greenness index, leaf area (cm2 /g) and plant height (cm), with respect to the rest of the treatments.

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