Bay of Plenty
Tutor - Kazel Cass
Learning how to create more of the plants you care about is a critical skill for resiliency. Some plants and trees can just be grown by planting their seeds, but others are better duplicated via cuttings, grafting or dividing.
This is a “hands in the dirt” course, with a theory session followed by putting it into practice. There will be a lot of plant material after each class to share, take home and start growing.
We find this course is best delivered over four sessions, one in each of the seasons: 19 June, 25 September, 20 November (all in 2018), and then 19 March (in 2019).
We’ll start in winter, on 19 June, with the “hardwood” cuttings: grape, plum, fig, hydrangea, blueberry, currant and the like.
In Spring, on the 25th of September, we’ll look at seed raising: seed saving, seed raising mix, germination, appropriate containers, etc.
As we get closer to summer, 20 November, that’s the best time to collect and root “soft” cuttings (sage, salvias, scented geraniums) and some “semi-hardwood” cuttings (lavender, rosemary, Chilean guava).
The course will end with the autumn class, on 19 March 2019, dividing of plants like rhubarb, comfrey, mint, thyme and berry canes, with more “semi-hardwood cuttings” so you can get to see the difference between the spring and autumn growing seasons.
Tree propagation will also be covered. You’ll learn about grafting theory and get practical experience using a grafting tool; “rootstock” production of apple and quince; how to grow rootstocks by mound layering; and how peaches and plums can be grown from seeds.
The tuition is a very reasonable $45 per class or $165 for all four. You are welcome to attend just one or a couple or all sessions. You’ll receive an email ahead of each session with what to bring. It’ll be things like: flower snips, secateurs, pots, grafting tool if you have one, and branches of the plant you wish to propagate.
Booking - see form on link below
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 09:30 to 14:30
Location / Venue:
375 Whakamarama Rd Tauranga
$45 per class or $165 for all four