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Propagation

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Propagation.

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Propagation

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“Which thou wilt propagate, to have it pressed.” ¬†Shakespeare-Romeo and Juliet.

Today, in our Master Gardener’s class we were outside and learned different ways to extend our plants. We learned different ways to divide or to make new plants from cuttings from the parent stock. Fun.

First picture is a begonia that is to be rooted by a stem with only one leaf. The cup on the right is a coleus leaf that is simply laid on top of the soil, but pressed down so all parts make contact. When it begins to root-it will push the leaf away.

Second DSCN0583DSCN0623picture: mini greenhouses. Simply put into a plastic bag, opening up here and there to allow air in. How cute is that!

SUCCULENTS-“Then I grew up and the beauty of succulent illusions fell away from me” F.Scott Fitzgerald

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I have no idea what that phrase means!

Succulents are sometimes known as fat plants-they have parts that are thick and fleshy in order to retain water in arid climates. Very drought resistant and easy to grow. You can just lay them on soil (mostly the flower ones) and they will root.

Many succulents come from dry areas, such as steppes, semi-desert, and desert. Best known are cacti. Virtually all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.

I have two large aloe plants in my house that comes in handy for mild burns (sunburn) or scrapes-a soothing healing ointment by just breaking off a bit of leaf.

Our Botanical Garden here in Huntsville is in the midst of a huge plant sale. Went by the succulent tent and took some pictures that I think are clever.DSCN0572DSCN0571DSCN0575