Got a Favorite Garden Plant? Learn How to Start a New One


WOOSTER, Ohio — Paul Snyder, program assistant at Wooster’s Secrest Arboretum, will show you how to start new plants from your own cuttings on June 25.

He’ll give a public Cutting Propagation Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon in the arboretum’s field headquarters building, 2320 Selby Road, on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OARDC’s main entrance is at 1680 Madison Ave.

OARDC and the arboretum are part of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“Most of the workshop will be hands-on,” Snyder said. “We’ll go out and collect cuttings, then will prepare them and stick them in rooting media. Participants will get to take their cuttings home.”

How, why of growing from cuttings

The principles taught in the workshop can be used on nearly every plant that can be propagated by cuttings, he said. “We’ll cover how to take softwood to semi-hardwood cuttings of woody and herbaceous plants. We’ll also cover some of the basic physiology behind why we can take cuttings and produce new plants from them.”

Participants in the workshop will practice on mock orange, forsythia, hydrangea, beautyberry and Virginia sweetspire, among others.

The workshop is free but advance registration is required. Participation is limited to 12 people. Details and a link to online registration are at Call 330-263-3761 for more information.

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