Propagation of Cannabis sativa for commercial production©

A. Casillas
Cannabis sativa (“cannabis”) has historically been an important crop. Its potential for use is not limited to agricultural uses, but also includes chemical, medicinal, and commercial uses. Cannabis sativa is a semi-herbaceous, annual, dioecious flowering herb, with three subspecies: sativa, indica, and ruderalis (Wikipedia Contributors, 2016). There is a high emphasis and importance on plant sex, depending on crop usage. Mature plant size can range from 0.6 to 1.8 m (2 to 6 ft). The leaves are compound and decussate-opposite, with leaves having three to seven leaflets, a serrate leaf margin, and a glabrous or pubescent leaf surface. Mature plants develop a woody stem, then flower, and finally senesce. Cannabis sativa is native to most humid and temperate parts of the world, and its use dates to ancient times (Clarke, 2016).
Propagation of C. sativa includes both sexual and asexual propagation methods, two of which will be discussed. The three primary methods used for propagation of C. sativa are: 1) clonal propagation of leafy cuttings in sterile medium (rockwool), 2) rooting of leafy cuttings in an aeroponic machine, and 3) seed germination (Hartmann and Kester, 1975).
Casillas, A. (2017). Propagation of Cannabis sativa for commercial production©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 157-158
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1174.29

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