The effect of soil microflora on the survival of cuttings of Epacris impressa – Publication

Publication based on research funded in part by the Australian Flora Foundation

Plant & Soil. 1994. 166: 2, 295-297
McLean, C. Lawrie, A. C. Blaze, K. L.
Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Burnley Campus, Burnley Gardens, Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121, Australia.

E. impressa stem cuttings (approx equal to 8 cm long) were planted in sterilized or unsterilized soil (taken from under the original plants). Cuttings in the unsterilized soil were mycorrhizal and had a higher survival rate than those in the sterilized soil which were not mycorrhizal. The surviving cuttings in the unsterilized soil also had more flowers and roots than those in the sterilized soil.