Agricultural Science

Asexual Propagation in Plants, Types and Examples

len Alfred Ajibola - Mon, 27th January, 2020 @ 12:25: PM

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Which of the following is an example of oil crop?

  • A. Melon

  • B. Rubber

  • C. Flax

  • D. Moringa

  • E. Ginger

  • F. Coffee

Concerning crops and plants, which of the following statement is incorrect?

  • A. All plants are not crops

  • B. All crops are plants

  • C. Cactus can be a crop

  • D. Corpse flower is not a plant

  • E. Venus flytrap is not a crop

  • F. All the options are correct

Which of the following is not a problem associated with agriculture?

  • A. Superfluous research facilities

  • B. Poor road network

  • C. Illiteracy

  • D. Lack of storage facilities

  • E. Limited mechanized farming

  • F. Bad government policies

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The above image is a _____.

  • A. Hammer

  • B. Crowbar

  • C. Shear

  • D. Secateur

  • E. Bolo

  • F. Mallet

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The agricultural tool shown in the image (above) is used for the followings except _____.

  • A. For cutting tree branches, weeds, and other plant materials in farmland

  • B. To remove dirts from the top soil

  • C. For harvesting crops like sugarcane

  • D. To clear bushes

  • E. For planting crops like melon

  • F. To dig superficial holes for the planting of seeds

Which of the following statement is false concerning soil erosion?

  • A. The top soil is moved from one point to another

  • B. Man is an agent that bring about soil erosion

  • C. Wind and water are natural agents of soil erosion

  • D. Sheet erosion is said to occur when the surface of a land is eroded at an unequal levels

  • E. Deforestation will increase the likehood of wind erosion

  • F. Rill erosion results in the formation of miniature dongas on land

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The above diagram shows a _____ erosion.

  • A. Wind

  • B. Sheet

  • C. Rill

  • D. Gully

  • E. Landslide

  • F. Crooked

An instance of farming whereby a farmer uses animal and green manure as fertilizers in place of chemicals like NPK is termed _____.

  • A. Reformative farming

  • B. Alternative farming

  • C. Crude farming

  • D. Retrogressive farming

  • E. Non-Chemical farming

  • F. Agro-farming



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Asexual Propagation in Plants:

Asexual propagation in plants is defined as the breeding of a specific plant specimen through natural processes by taking a vegetative part of the parent plant or stock.

Asexual Propagation is also referred to as vegetative propagation or asexual reproduction because a vegetative part of the plant (that is; root, stem, or leaf) is taken and made to regenerate itself into a new plant. The resulting plant that forms from this process is termed a clone of the parent plant.

A clone is an offspring that is genetically identical to it’s parent; and it's associated with asexual propagation. For this reason Pollen grains and egg cell (which are associated with plant's sexual reproduction) are not required in clone formation.

You can read on Sexual Propagation in Plants here.

Note: Clone formation is the best way to retain some plant species, especially the best of their kinds.

Types of Asexual Propagation

Various techniques are used to bring about vegetative propagation (or plants' asexual reproduction). They include:

1. Grafting

Grafting requires that a part of the parent plant is cut and joined to another rooted plant so that they can grow as one plant.

The image below shows the the process of Grafting:
Grafting - Len Academy

The term scion refers to the branch of the cut plant (desired variety) that will be grafted to the other rooted plant. Such rooted plant is called the stock.

Note: Grafting is done on a stock plant, with a very strong root system.

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Grafting can be achieved through various methods: Some of these include:

  • Wedge Grafting
  • Cleft Grafting
  • Tongue Grafting
  • Bark Grafting
  • Butt Grafting
  • Side Grafting


2. Budding

Budding is a type of Grafting. In fact, It’s also called bud grafting.

The major difference between budding and grafting has to do with the shape on the stock on which the scion is inserted.

In budding, the part of the stock in which the scion is inserted is cut in T shape.

The image below shows an instance of budding:
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The scion is inserted into the T shaped stock. The cut is then covered by winding a strip of polythene sheet, keeping only the bud exposed.

We have different types of budding. They include:


3. Cuttings

In cuttings, a part of the parent plant is severed (cut away) and planted. After some time, the severed part regenerates into a new plant. The image below shows this:
Cuttings - Len Academy

Cuttings are categorized into different types depending on the part of plant severed. They include:

  • Stem cuttings: The stem of a plant is severed and planted. For example Mint and Dahlia plants.
  • Root cuttings: The root of the plant is severed and planted. For example, breadfruit and White Poinsettia plants.
  • Leaf cuttings: A part of the plant's leaf is cut and planted. For example, African violets and Kalanchoe plants.
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4. Layering

This technique of vegetative propagation is similar to stem cuttings. The difference is:

In normal stem cuttings, the stem (not having roots) are cut away from the parent plant before it's planted.

In layering, the stem is first allowed to develop roots. (These roots must be formed on the stem of the mother plant for layering to occur). Only after the formation of the root can we cut off the stem and plant it.

Below is an image showing the process of layering:
Layering - Len Academy

We have different types of Layering. They are:


5. Separation

Separation applies to plant that produce corms and bulbs.

During separation, the new shoot (part of the plant above the root) is first detached (or separated) from the parent plant before it's planted. The bulbs of tulip and lily plants can be separated in this way.

The image below shows the process of separation:
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Note: Certain bulbs may also produce smaller bulbs termed bulblets. The bulblets are always attached to the base of the parent bulb and can be easily separated in order to bring about vegetative propagation.

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Another instance of separation is seen in cormels. The cormels refer to little or baby corms that attach to the parent corm and these can also be separated for the purpose of vegetative propagation.


5. Division

Division is quite different from separation. In division, different parts of the plant (having buds) is divided into two or more parts (or sections). Each of the section is then planted to produce an independent plant.

Examples of plants the can be propagated via division are the rhizomes of the iris and lily plants. Also, stem tubers like yams and potatoes with the presence of buds in various sections can also be propagated through division.

Below is an image of Kangaroo Paw Rhizome that had undergone division:
Layering - Len Academy

Division is generally used in asexual propagation when a cluster of plants are cut away into small units. When planted, the isolated units will grow into a parent plant.

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Note: The process of division (in asexual propagation) does not occur naturally.

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Amazing facts in Agricultural Science

🥜 Peanuts 🥜 are legumes and not nuts

Although plants neither see nor hear, they can recognize their siblings and even give them preferential treatments 🤔

Squirrels do plant more 🌲 trees 🌲 (through their actions) than an average human in their lifetime. They often hide their acorns and nuts underground and forget about them 😁

🐄 Cows 🐄 have got the ability to walk up stairs, but not down stairs

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People just prefer to call them herd

NOTABLE POINTS IN Agricultural Science

Below are some common types of erosion:

  • Water Erosion: It is caused by rainfall and flooding on the topsoil. As a result of water erosion, some layers of the topsoil are lost.

  • Sheet Erosion: When an entire surface of land becomes eroded at a uniform (equal) level, such is referred to as sheet erosion.

    Sheet Erosion - Len Academy

  • Wind Erosion: It results from the actions of wind on a bare land. Wind erosion is often seen in deserts. Overgrazing and lack of vegetation cover will also enhance wind erosion on topsoil.

​​​Please read more on types of soil erosion here.

Soil erosion is defined as a process through which the topsoil is removed or moved from one point to another by agents like wind, water, man and animals.

Soil erosion occurs naturally (wind and water) and may also be facilitated by living organisms.

Soil erosion is more likely to occur on a sloppy land and land with no vegetation cover. When this occurs, the nutrient rich layer of the topsoil is washed away; and this ultimately results in fewer plants growing on such eroded soil.

Please read more on soil erosion here

There are about 630 different kinds of carnivorous plants.

Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients by consuming small animals, especially insects.

Carnivorous plants are also referred to as insectivorous plants.

Some example of carnivorous plants include sundew and Venus flytrap.

Please read more on Carnivorous Plants here