Category: Propagation

Saving Seeds

SAVE YOUR SEEDS Planting season is here. Vegetable or flower seed will be purchased in great amounts and, in many cases, some seeds will be left over. These can be used at a later time – how much later depending on how well you store them. For best results, store seeds in moisture-proof containers such … […]

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Propagating Figs

I propagate figs to give to family and friends who enjoy this wonderful fruit. Figs do not require pruning. However, if you notice that your fig tree is overgrown in one or more areas, wait until January to prune it back to where you want it. After trimming limbs, take several small branches and cut … […]

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Propagating Ferns

Gather healthy fronds when the spores are fat and fuzzy. Tap the fronds inside a plastic bag in order to release and save the spores. Boil a brick to kill any bacteria on it and place it into a bowl or pan with water halfway up the brick. Pour boiling water over some peat moss; … […]

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Quicker Seed Germination

Germinating smaller seeds such as those of peppers or parsley can be a challenge for many people. At best, impatience sets in because it takes longer for them to come up. However, there is an extra step that can be added to speed up the process. The night before planting the seed, wet a thick … […]

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Try Cold Frames

Want to get a head start on spring by starting your own plants from seed but don’t own a greenhouse? The solution is a cold frame: a bottomless box with a lid which admits light. The recommended workable size of a cold frame is three by six feet, 15 inches high in back and 9 … […]

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Propagate Native Plants

The term “native” can be confusing. For practical purposes, native depends on the soil, climate and overall growing conditions in a specific neighborhood. Plants from other areas can become naturalized if they adapt well and do not have special growing or maintenance requirements. Some true natives, on the other hand, do not perform well in … […]

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No-Fuss Transplants

I have been transplanted several times and my true love has remained those strange plants of the Sonora Desert. I would walk past the “patio plants” at the nursery, tender semi-tropicals and tropicals destined for a short life and long for the smells of orange and lemon blossoms and the wonderful night blooming jasmine. One … […]

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Plant Division

With few exceptions, most perennials slowly decline in vigor unless they are rejuvenated by being divided every few years. A general rule of thumb is to divide spring-blooming plants immediately after they flower and summer and fall bloomers in early spring when they have about three inches of top growth. In the South, however, you … […]

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Propagating Plenty

Once you have tried it, you are hooked! Now you can start your own. Next thing you know, you’ll be looking all over your yard, as well as you neighbors’, wanting to take snips and cuttings to propagate. Rooting hormone helps you, but Mother Nature does most of the work for you. Cutting from leafy … […]

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Propagating Bulbs and Lilies

Bulbs and Lilies can be propagated at home. BULBS: Most spring bulbs like narcissus and daffodils produce small offsets which can be grown to flower bearing size by separating and planting them. Then just wait for the years to work their magic. However, it is easy to urge these bulbs to produce bulblets in greater … […]

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