Plant Propagation Certificate

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This program is designed for gardeners interested in an in-depth look at how to propagate their own plants, from houseplants, vegetables and annuals to landscape perennials, shrubs and trees, using any and all common methods. Classes may be taken individually if there is room, preference will be given to Certificate students.

Register online for the certificate as a whole below. To sign up for individual classes, click on class titles.

4 classes: Propagating Woody Plants, Starting from Seed, Herbaceous and Softwood Cuttings, and Dividing Perennials.

Propagating Woody Plants. Instructor Ted Hildebrant is owner of Coldwater Pond Nursery, a wholesale nursery in Phelps specializing in the propagation and growing of woody ornamentals for gardeners, collectors, landscapers and nursery/garden centers in central and western NY. Ted will describe and demonstrate the commonly used methods for making more trees and shrubs, including cuttings, grafting, budding, layering and seed propagation. Handouts for all methods and information on supply sources will be provided. See 0311GW Hands-On Grafting Workshop, Saturday, March 11, for further in-depth training.

Starting from Seed. There are several advantages to starting at least some of your plants yourself from seed, including a much lower per-plant cost and a wider selection of species and varieties. Megan Meyer, of ‘Gardens Through the Seasons’ garden design and maintenance, will cover the techniques for sowing annual, perennial and vegetable seeds, the merits of buying seed versus collecting your own, timing for indoor and outdoor plantings, and indoor seed-starting setups. Hands-on experience in preparing and planting seeds will be included.

Herbaceous and Softwood Cuttings. Carolyn VanNess, master gardener and former propagator for Jackson & Perkins, will be the instructor for this in-depth session on propagating annuals, perennials, houseplants and shrubs using softwood cuttings. Emphasis will be on selecting proper tools and growing medium, use of rooting hormones and, most importantly, proper timing.

Dividing Perennials. Early spring is an ideal time to divide and/or move the majority of perennials, just before they take off with new growth after winter dormancy. Most perennials move fairly easily – and you can get away with a lot in spring when the temperatures are cool and there is plenty of natural moisture in the soil. Some perennials are problematic; you need to be able identify them and know how to handle them. Instructor Christine Froehlich has been moving plants around for years in her own gardens and on the properties she maintains. Join her in the gardens at Warner Castle to learn how to divide both easy and tricky perennials, how to get the job done easily and quickly using the proper tools, where to relocate divisions, and how to replant them.