VEGETATIVE PROPAGATION OF COWPEA [VIGNA UNGUICULATA (L.) WALP] FOR INCREASED SEED PRODUCTION 74(-), 2016
D.O. Ibitoye, O.A.K.Olomide
Large number of parental plants are required during hybridization in order to generate enough progeny
needed for evaluation. Cowpea is propagated through seeds, this increases the waiting period as the plant has
to complete its juvenile phase before flowering. Asexual propagation approach was employed on cowpea
using the vine cuttings of flowering plants. The vine cuttings were planted in sterilized top soil and they began
flowering 14 days after cutting without adding fertilizer. Success was obtained using this method which increases the rate at which the hybrids needed for multi-location trial were obtained.
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