Propagation

woman planting seeds; photo by Edwin Remsberg

CORE COMPETENCIES

At the end of this session you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • The basic techniques and reasons for vegetative (asexual) propagation of plants including division, layering, cuttings and grafting

  • The basic techniques and reasons for seedage (sexual) propagation of plants

  • The parts of a seed and the environmental factors necessary for germination and growing on

  • Potential seedling diseases

  • An understanding of the role that containers, growing medium and fertilization play in plant propagation

  • The processes of hardening off and transplanting seedlings

  • The basics of seed saving and storage


SELECTED READINGS AND CONTENT

Maine Vegetable Gardening: Keep Your Garden Growing — Plant from Spring to Fall

Planting Chart for the Home Vegetable Garden — When to plant in Maine: earliest and latest safe dates.

UMaine Extension Bulletins

UMaine Extension Videos

MOFGA fact sheets — Look for

  • Soil-less Mixes for Vegetable Seedling Production

Additional Resources


PRACTICAL SKILLS GAINED AND STRENGTHENED

  • How to successfully perform (and grow on) at least one vegetative propagation technique.

  • How to successfully perform proper seeding technique

  • How to harden off transplant seedlings