Vol. 3, Issue 9 (2015)
tem cutting propagation for ex-situ conservation of Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) Bertoni in herbal garden
Author(s): D.K. Patel
Abstract: Stevia is a soft sensitive plant against changeable environment. It is more sensitive to variablerntemperature. It requires moderate range of water supply as per their need. The plant is marked as sweetrntulsi due to presence of its sweet taste in leaf. The plant is medium heighted and herbaceous in nature.rnIt is cable to produce white small flowers in clusters and is also efficient to produce the small, flatrnseeds. Seeds germination rate is slow so it is widely propagated using their stem cuttings. Mature stemrnincluding with 4-6 nodes are found to be efficient to form a new individuals of the Stevia in thernpresence of favourable environmental condition.rnThe plant is also known as alternative source of sugar. Collected stem cuttings of this plant arernintroduced in Herbal Garden for their ex-situ conservation and also multiplied using their stem cutting.rnSandy soil with proper water supply is found suitable for its better success of stem cutting propagation.