Assexual Propagation of Camu-Camu (Myrciaria dubia) By Grafting

Sidney Alberto do N. FERREIRA Daniel Felipe de O. GENTIL About the authors

The camu-camu tree (Myrciaria dubia (H.B.K.) McVaugh), an Amazonian native species whose fruits possess very high vitamin C content, is normally propagated by seeds that do not guarantee the reproduction of good characteristics. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the asexual propagation of camu-camu through different grafting methods for multiplication of the selected plants in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. The grafting was carried out with 1 year-old root-stocks grown under 50 % shade, with an average stem diameter of 6 mm and height of 80 cm. The side cleft graft (65 % take) and simple side graft (52 %) were the methods that gave best results. The top cleft graft (34 %) and saddle graft (9 %) were not satisfactory, although the first had not differ significantly from methods that showed best results.

Camu-camu; Myrciaria dubia; Vegetative propagation; Grafting

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