Steve Palecki, College of the Redwoods Plant Propagation, Agriculture Program

College of the Redwoods students are making babies!

I knew that would get your attention — The Plant Propagation class has spent the entire semester learning about all the different ways you can turn one plant into many — and you get to reap their success.  Every year the students propagate plants from seeds, divisions, corms, bulbs, grafts and more — and lucky you! You can attend the College of the Redwoods Plant Sale, and not only buy great healthy plants for your vegetable garden or landscape, you can support a wonderful program that ensures that future generations will know how to turn one plant into many.  If you want food in your future…and don’t we all?…attend the CR Plant Sale Friday April 29 (noon to 6) and Saturday April 30th (10-6) — at the Greenhouse in the rear section of the campus (just take the road that winds around back).

Plant propagation!  if you were to come up to my house, you would find that 90% of my landscape consists of plants that I have propagated.  It all started when I watched my mom take a piece of ivy and put it into a little pitcher and the roots would grow.  It seems like these baby plants hardly ever made it into another pot, but they were little reminders of how plants really want to live.  Now — I know what you are thinking…should we really be propagating ivy anyway?

Sure enough, there are plenty of plants that are invasive species — and the more we learn about plants, the more we will know about which ones are good for our environment and which end up as “weeds” — wrong plants in the wrong placs.  If you are interested in learning more about plants I can’t think of a better place to start than the CR Plant Propagation class offered each spring semester.

Listen here for the interview with Steve Palecki

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