Propagation

Propagation

The propagation bench
The propagation bench

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Now that we have more space, our intention is to propagate a lot more than we have been able to do in the past. Here are a few pics of the general process.

Whether from cuttings or seed, generally plants start out in the electric propagator, set to 20 degrees C. Seeds are sealed in clear plastic bags after planting, and they spend the next year in these bags.

Once they have grown up a bit, and the seedlings have established roots, the bags are removed and the seedlings and cuttings are moved up onto the bench, where they will spend the next year in their pots without being disturbed. Any moss or mildew is removed and the pots allowed to dry out.

The photo above shows seedlings just newly having been removed from their bags.

Here you can see seedlings which are two years old, and are now ready to be potted on to individual pots.

Finally, three years on, these seedlings are now well established.