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A greenhouse study was conducted to determine the effect of growıng media on root development of stem cuttings of tomato hybrids. Axillary cuttings from various tomato hybrids (Anna, Saandal, Salar and Sahil) were planted on different organic media (T1: Control (garden soil + FYM + silt (1:1:1), silt + compost of spent mushroom (1:1), T2: Moss peat compost (1:1) and T3: Pure peat moss). Pure peat moss had a highly significant effect (P<0.001) on plant height, stem diameter, single leaf area, weight of fresh shoot, weight of dry shoot, length of root, weight of fresh root, dry weight of root with better survival percentage and number of roots per plant. Similarly maximum value of plant height, stem diameter, single leaf area, weight of fresh shoot, weight of dry shoot, length of root, number of roots plant-1 , weight of fresh root, weight of dry root and survival percentage were recorded in Sahil hybrid. Regarding interaction between growing media and tomato hybrids, significant differences ((P<0.01) were observed in plant height, shoot fresh weight, stem diameter and survival percentage. The results of this study suggest that vegetative propagation of Sahil hybrids could be successfully achieved in pure peat moss for better growth and rooting.
Keywords: Antioxidants; Growing media; Growth habit; Hybrids; Peat Moss