Specific Native Plants
Clicking on an image should open an information page about my attempts and what I’ve learned so far … if you have any experience to share I hope you will feel free to add your comments.
Why Propagate Native Plants?
Propagation is Conservation
I can’t be alone in thinking that needing to buy native plants is kind of bizarre. By definition our native plants ought to surround us; yet, the species that adapted to live and grow around us are sometimes hard to find. With a little effort this situation can be corrected. Most plants produce a great many seeds because most will fail if left on their own. By providing ideal circumstances we can increase survival rates. Here are my personal collection rules:
- Don’t become part of the problem.
- Only collect seed from abundant stands.
- Only take what you really need and leave the rest for wildlife.
- Be polite and ask for permission where appropriate.
I distrust the plants I find at nurseries and garden centres — too many come pre-loaded with poison and very few provide labels to warn of the danger. By collecting my own seed and controlling how and where they grow I know I won’t accidentally poison wildlife.
Thrift and Equity
Filling every possible bald spot with purchased potted plants is simply out of reach for my budget. While gardening has always been connected to privilege it is increasingly becoming a hobby only the wealthy can enjoy. That feels very wrong to me. Especially now that I have come to understand that anyone can learn how to collect and propagate native plants. Nature is generous and will provide most of the materials for little to no cost.
Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement managed to plant 51 million trees in Kenya. They certainly didn’t pop over to the local big box store or specialized nursery to buy each tree. The program began with rural women collecting and planting seeds from native plants and trees. I’d like to follow her path here.
Seed Germination in General
Knowing a little about how seed germinates has been helpful. This is what I’ve learned about …