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Lateral buds excised from unrooted cuttings of Maranta leuconeura E. Moor. ‘Kerchoviana’, prayer plant, were cultured on Linsmaier and Skoog (LS) medium supplemented with various combinations of N6-benzylaminopurine (BA), kinetin, α-anaphthaleneacetic acid (NAA), and 3-indoleacetic acid (IAA) for the production of multiple shoots and complete plants. Of 48 combinations of growth regulators, 4 produced the most vigorous, well-formed shoots after a culture period of 6 weeks: 2.0 mg·liter-1 kinetin, 0.2 mg·liter-1 BA, 0.2 mg·liter-1 BA plus 0.1 mg·liter-1 NAA, and 2.0 mg·liter-1 kinetin plus 1.0 mg·liter-1 IAA. Enhanced shoot production occurred when shoots were transferred at 12-week intervals and when they were maintained on 0.2 mg liter-1 BA. Complete plants with strong, fibrous root systems were produced after the shoots were transferred to basal medium lacking growth regulators for 3-4 weeks.

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