Gardener Donna McCaniles offers tips on propagation at Lunch and Learn with the Masters

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.

Seed and plant propagation is a technique that has been around for ages.

"Over thousands and thousands of years, a seed is still a seed," said Donna McCanlies, Victoria County Master Gardener. "We are doing the same thing the first early man did to a seed."

McCanlies will host a Lunch and Learn with the Masters class Monday at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center.

She will cover topics from the history of propagation to simple techniques and the three most important components of propagation: seeds, division and cuttings.

Her class will be a hands-on tutorial for gardeners of every skill level - from beginner home gardeners to seasoned planters.

"It's a great way to save money in your own yard and to create a variety that you might not find in a nursery," McCanlies said.

Many of the plants sold at the Master Gardeners Spring Plant sale are raised through propagation techniques, she said, including basil, coleus, Turk's caps and rose mallow, and can be divided by propagation.

Many of the plants at the Victoria Educational Gardens are raised by propagation and are often the mother plants for the plants sold at the sale, she said.

"We're going to look at nature and try to replicate how it grows," she said.



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