Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Availability of native plants

It's a bit frustrating to hand out lists of good plants to grow in programs, knowing that it'll be hard to find them to purchase.

You've really got to be ready to transplant volunteers or grow them yourself from seed or cuttings or visit native plant society sales and specialty nurseries (or do online ordering).

We have lots of great plants in the Eastern U.S. that aren't readily available for various reasons.

They take a long time to grow to flowering size (lots of woodland wildflowers); they have deep roots quickly, so aren't easily held in containers (many canopy trees); they're hard to propagate (seed germination is complex in native species), etc.

But, they're all well worth the effort.

4 comments:

  1. Lisa,
    Your right. The Trout Lily from seed takes 7 years to flower. Luckily our woods is full of them.

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  2. Sources? Some nice natives you would like to grow? Still need to get to Woodlanders. You can go there but you have to order ahead of time. Think that is kind of crazy.

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  3. There are so many of our native spring wildflowers that are slow-growing, and take a long time to flower. I'm worrying about wild-collecting and "quickie" propagation, at the moment.

    LW

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  4. Lisa
    There's some kind of blogging telepathy going on here because I've just written a post on the availability of locally-provenanced hedging plants.
    Bad luck with that pollen allergy, by the way!!
    Rob

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