What is vegetative propagation? State two advantages and two disadvantages of this method.
Vegetative propagation is an asexual mode of reproduction in which new plants are obtained from the parts of old plants like stems, roots, buds and leaves, without the help of any reproductive organs.
Example: eyes of a potato, buds of bryophyllum, etc.
Advantages of Vegetative Propagation:
- Cheaper, easier and rapid method of asexual reproduction.
- Traits of parent plants are preserved.
Disadvantages of Vegetative Propagation:
- There is no genetic variation.
- Leads to overcrowding near the parent.