Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Update From Propagation

We have had a very good year in the Loma Vista Propagation Department.  Thanks to the early spring, we were able to get started on May 15 with softwood cuttings and are approaching our goal of 690,000.  We have also propagated 80,000 unrooted perennial cuttings, seeded 83,600 grass plants and are currently working on grass divisions of Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus.

grasses in propagation 
Grass divisions are one of our largest propagation duties.  Loma Vista carries approximately 25 varieties of ornamental and native grasses in 1 gallon, 3 gallon and 5 gallon sizes.  We propagate 90 percent of these grasses, which totals about 90,000 plants.

grass divisions

grasses

Karl Foerster Calamagrostis

In order to increase our efficiency with this task, we are in the process of transforming an old diesel storage area into a plant washing station.  The plan is to load a trailer with pruned 5 gallon grass plants and then drive into the washing station and remove all of the container media with high pressure water.  Part of the root system will be cut away and the remainder of the cleaned plants will be ready to divide. All of the leftover container media and plant debris will be removed with a front-end loader and the area will be able to be cleaned easily with the high-pressure water.  Thank you Fernando Fernandez, our Operations Manager, for engineering this new facility and Samuel Smith our head mechanic for implementing it.  We will be testing it in the next couple of weekswith divisions of Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass.

As always, I have to thank Tony Marquez for his excellent leadership and experience and the hard work of the 'Propagation Ladies.'

Would you like to tour Loma Vista's container farm?  Contact your sales representative or emailsales@lomavistanursery.com

Patricia Osborn, Propagation Manager, Loma Vista Nursery

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