Advantages of Vegetative propagation
Vegetative propagation has a number of advantages. Some of these are as follows:
1. Vegetative propagation is a more rapid, easier and a less expensive method of multiplying plants which have either poor viability or prolonged seed dormancy.
2. It also helps us to introduce plants in new areas where seed germination fails to produce plants due to change in the soil and environmental conditions.
3. Plants like Bermuda grass or doob grass (Cynodon dactylon), which produce only a small quantity of seeds are mostly propagated vegetatively.
4. Vegetative propagation is the only known method of multiplication in plants like banana, seedless grapes and oranges, roseand jasmine that have lost their capacity to produce seeds through sexual reproduction.
5. Grafting permits the physical and physiological joining of separate individuals for the best economic advantage i.e. good qualities of two varieties can be combined in one composite plant.
6. The good qualities of a race or variety can be preserved indefinitely.
7. The greatest advantage of vegetative propagation is that all plants produced will have the same characters and hereditary potential as the parent plants. It is not possible in the plants raised from seeds, since it contains blended characters of both the parents.