Research Article

The effect of different fungicides and bactericides on rooting of pelargonium cuttings

Artúr Botond Csorba1,2, Tibor Pánczél2, Attila Bandi1, Imre-István Nyárádi1*, János Bálint1*   

1Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Department of Horticulture, Aleea Sighișoarei 1C, Târgu Mureș/Corunca, Romania.

2Department, Institution, City, Country Doctoral School in Biology and Sport Biology, University of Pécs, Faculty of Sciences, Ifjúság útja 6, Pécs, Hungary

*Correspondence: János Bálint, balintjanos@ms.sapientia.ro and Imre-István Nyárádi nyaradi@ms.sapientia.ro. Institutional address: Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Department of Horticulture, Aleea Sighișoarei 1C, Târgu Mureș/Corunca, Romania.

 

ABSTRACT: 

Geranium (Pelargonium) is one of most widespread and popular flowers in Europe due to their ornamental value. It is mostly propagated by cuttings, but propagation from seeds is also gaining increasing interest. The advantage of cuttings is that one can produce a relatively large numbers of identical plants, relatively quickly. Its disadvantage, however, is that one can very easily transfer diseases from the mother plant. In our experiments, the main purpose was to assess the rooting effect of some bactericides and fungicides used during cuttings. Cuttings exposed to rooting hormone were also treated with five different pesticides: tribasic copper sulfate, kasugamycin, thiophanate-methyl + propamocarb, fluopyram, and cyprodinil + fludioxonil. In parallel, a control treatment was set up, where exclusively rooting hormone was applied (NAA). We tested 40 cuttings in a 10 x 4 repetition in each treatment, which equivalates to an overall number of 280 cuttings. Upon comparing the treated and control geranium cuttings, we did not find any significant negative effect in the rooting process.

Keywords: pelargonium, cuttings, fungicides, bactericides, and rooting

 

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Cite as: Csorba et al. “The effect of different fungicides and bactericides on rooting of pelargonium cuttings” DRC Sustainable Future 2020, 1(2): 155-160, DOI: 10.37281/DRCSF/1.2.8

 

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