We are at the height of the propagation season at Loma Vista, hard at work on our task of producing over 600,000 new plants from seed, cuttings and division.
Tony Marquez, section head of Propagation and his crew are in the midst of producing 3375 Syringa meyeri, 2776 Syringa patula, 6695 Syringa x Bloomerang and smaller amounts of Syringa vulgaris, S. James McFarland and Syringa x Pocahontas.
The crew of 8 women, who are known here as the 'propagation ladies' go out in the morning and take the cuttings from our nursery stock.
We prepare the cuttings for rooting by removing any excess stem or leaves, dipping them in rooting hormone and sticking them in prefilled flats in one of our fog houses.
The cuttings will remain in the fog house until they root, with the amount of fog adjusted depending on the weather and the amount of rooting that has occurred. They will be grown out for the rest of the year and transferred to 1 gallon nursery pots in the spring of 2015.
Tony has been in the nursery industry for 30 years in Oklahoma, Kearny, Missouri and has been with Loma Vista for the last 7 years in propagation. He is married and lives in Ottawa with his wife and two daughters, who are 12 and 14.I am fortunate to have a team in propagation that is experienced in the process, including Ben Cecil, our operations manager, to assist me with coordinating the many aspects of plant propagation here at the farm.
By Patricia Osborn, Propagator, Loma Vista Nursery