Zeatin is a cytokinin derived from adenine. Zeatin was discovered in immature corn kernels from the genus Zea. It promotes growth of lateral buds and when sprayed on meristems stimulates cell division to produce bushier plants.
Zeatin has a variety of effects including:
- Promotes callus initiation when combined with auxin, concentration 1 ppm.
- Promotes fruit set. Zeatin 100 ppm + GA3 500 ppm + NAA 20 ppm, sprayed at 10th, 25th, 40th day after blossom.
- Retards yellowing for vegetables, 20 ppm, sprayed.
- Causes auxiliary stems to grow and flower.
Zeatin can also be applied to stimulate seed germination and seedling growth.