Monday, January 3, 2011

Plant Propagation -- Week 1

Class started up this week at PCC. In my first day of plant propagation we covered the definition of plant propagation, its history, the big picture organization of propagation methods, and a high level view of the 4 aspects of propagation -- STEP: Skills, Timing, Environment, and Plants. The definition the class came up with for the class is:
Plant propagation is the deliberate reproduction of plants through sexual or asexual means in a controlled environment with a desired outcome.

I now want to know more about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
We looked quickly at the anatomy of a terminal shoot and a leaf.

And then jumped in to three methods of propagation by leaf cutting: leaf petiole, leaf section, and split vein.

We cleaned the pots with water, then 10% bleach, then rinsed with water.

We got a tour of the greenhouses.

The growing medium was 2 parts perlite to 1 part peat moss.

We did cuttings from three different plants.

And placed them under the misters in the greenhouse.

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