Plant Propagation

Start Date
06/22/2018
End Date
06/29/2018
Description
Save money and increase your garden plants through simple propagation techniques using seeds, cuttings, and divisions. Review the ethics of wild collected seed and learn the basics of seed biology, germination, and storage. Study the principles of asexual plant reproduction; learn proper techniques for preparing and rooting cuttings; and determine when and how to divide plants.

Agenda
Day 1
Seed Biology, Collection, Storage and Starting Techniques
9:45 – 10:00: Class Registration
10:00 – 11:00: Basic Seed Biology Powerpoint Presentation
• What is a seed? • Benefits/drawbacks of sexual reproduction • Different kinds of seeds and strategies they utilize • Germination process
Seed Collection: • Timing • How • Where • Which seeds • Label • Ethics of collecting; legal ramifications
11:00 – 12:00: Cleaning Seed Demonstration and Hands On Activity
• “Wet” seed • “Dry” seed • Cut test • Float test • Tools
11:30 – 12:00: Seed Storage
• Hydrophilic – moist storage • Dry • Cold
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch
12:30 – 230: Powerpoint Presentation Continued
Seed Starting Techniques Demonstration
• Natural/Artificial • Stratification • Scarification • Light/dark
Clean and Sow Seed
2:30: Class Dismissal

Day 2
Cuttings
9:45 – 10:00: Class Registration
10:00 – 10:45: Discuss biological and environmental factors that affect plant propagation
Asexual Reproduction of Plant Material
• What is asexual reproduction? • Basic biology of asexual reproduction • Plant parts usually utilized in asexual reproduction
10:45 – 12:30: Cuttings
• Collecting, condition of cuttings and mother plant - juvenility • Cleanliness • Types of cuttings • Timing • Rooting media • Use of rooting hormone • Environmental conditions • Take and stick cuttings
12:30 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:25: Transplanting Seedlings
• When to pot on • Media choices • How to handle seedlings • Hardening off process
2:25 – 2:30: Class Evaluations, Plant Distribution, and Class Dismissal
Location
Hockessin, DE
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
8.0
Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the biology of seeds, how to collect seeds and storage techniques.
2. Learn several seed starting techniques and how to transplant seedlings.
3. Know the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction and the basic biology of each.
4. Understand the basic components of making cuttings and dividing plants.
Instructors
Shelby French; Duncan Himmelman, PhD
Website Registration
Course Codes
GAR 310
Provider
Mt. Cuba Center


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