Science and practice of plant propagation including sexual (seed) and asexual (cutting, layering, grafting) propagation. Includes discussion of physiological effects, methodology and laboratory exercises. Wide variety of plants covered. Intended for majors in urban horticulture and urban forestry and others interested in reproducing landscape plants. Recommended: 10 credits of introductory biology or botany, or equivalent. Offered: Sp.
This is an introductory course on the principles and techniques which can be used in propagating plants. A goal of the course is to help you develop an appreciation for both the art and science of plant propagation. The class is intended to open resources for you, by both providing the possible techniques and the reasons why techniques may or may not work. You will be given the opportunity to explore the literature of the field, and to apply this information to a wide array of plants as you try to propagate them in the nature. It is assumed that you have some basic understanding of plant materials, and principles of plant function and growth.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There will be lecture and lab periods. Wednesday classes will be mostly designated for labs to introduce plant propagation techniques. There will also be guest lectures on special topics in plant propagation. There will be one half-day field trip to visit nurseries, greenhouses, and plant propagation facilities. Your class schedule outlines the chapters in the textbook which are important. However that is an overwhelming amount of materials. I will attempt to give you an outline of ideas, subjects, etc, within those pages which are most relevant. The most important points will be in your class notes and study questions.
Class assignments and grading