b) Cuttings taken from the mother plants should at least mature for one year.c)The size of vascular bundle in the cuttings should be at least pencil-size (5-10mm).d) The cuttings should be treated with fungicides before plantinge) The colour of cuttings should be dark green.f) Cuttings should be dry and kept in clean standard boxes before sent to farms.g) An accredited body to confirm the authenticity of the planting materials. Besides the use of good planting materials, farm management practices shouldalso be at par. This includes that ;
Farms should be cleaned from weeds as it become hosts to manyinsects vectors like trips and mites.
Formative pruning should be carried as to produce at least three newshoots. Newly emerged water shoots from stems should be discarded.
When cuttings are planted, it should be as near as possible to the poleor stake and tight.
Plant canpony should not too compact , open-center pruning isencourage as to produce good ventilation.
After pruning been done, all diseaseda and discarded branches shoulddestroyed and burnt; they should not be left lying in the farms as thismight caused pathogen built up.
Weeding should be done carefully as not to cause scorching on thesucculent stems. Attach a funnel-like nozzle to avoid weedicide driftduring spraying
Regular surveillance should be carried out in the field as to observeparticularly disease and white spots on stems or branches. Anyirregularities should be taken with immediate action. Conclusions Quality and disease
free planting materials is essential in the cultivation of dragon farms. The introduction of planting materials standards would safeguardand protect growers alike from losing their investments due failure in plantingmaterials performances, besides good agro-farm practices and management.