Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

September 2009 Plant Sale
San Francisco Botanical Garden's September Plant Sale, on Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 10am-1pm, celebrates California's rich diversity of native plants and offers a unique selection of succulents from around the world. Bay Area gardeners have found many reasons to use native plants -- they are relatively easy to care for, many species are highly drought-tolerant, their seeds and nectar sustain native wildlife, and they bring a natural authentic beauty to California gardens. The September Plant Sale will feature many different varieties of California natives, including some specific to San Francisco.

Highlighting this month's sale is a good selection of matillja poppy, Romneya coulteri -- the fabulous "fried egg" plant! For those looking to add structure to their gardens, there will be a variety of native grasses including blue fescue and deschampsia along with woody shrubs such as manzanita and ceanothus.

All the plants are suitable for Bay Area gardens and are propagated from the Botanical Garden's own collection. Nursery volunteers will be on hand to help with selection and offer advice. For more information, call 415/661-1316 or visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

Clever Gardening Technique

Leaf Cuttings
I love to grow new plants from leaf cuttings. Any plant with prominent veins can be propagate using this method -- African violets for example.

Select a healthy medium-sized leaf and cut it off the plant with a sharp knife, including the petiole (the leaf stem). Make two or three slits on the veins on the underside of the leaf, then dust the cuts with rooting hormone. Lay the prepared cutting in a pot filled with damp, fresh potting soil. Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag (to retain moisture and heat, like a miniature greenhouse!), and close the top of the bag with a rubber band. Set the prepared cutting in a warm location with filtered sun. You should begin to see growth in four to six weeks. Little leaves will pop out all along the leaf veins.

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