One of the most popular ways of cloning plants or propagating plants is vegetative propagation. Talk us through that whole process. Once they find this great, new plant, they then must figure out how to reproduce it in numbers that can get to the consumer. The fastest way for most plants is from doing a cutting. Take a little, small piece of the plant, put it in some soil, then put a mist on it to let it root and make sure that it's easy to root because if it's not easy to root, it's going to be very difficult to reproduce. And that’s an important part of the selection process when picking plants. Once they do that, they then start building numbers. They can cut each plant, have a clone of each one until you get to large numbers, at that point they can release plants. They can then send out these little young plants, they call them liners, they next pot them into larger pots, grow them on, and then they can sell them, either to a landscaper, or retail, or whatever they're doing.
By Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers
Photographs courtesy of Suntory Flowers
Fall is a great time to refresh our plantings. Chrysanthemums continue to be the mainstay, but more annuals, perennials and grasses are becoming available.
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