PROPAGATION - to increase (as of a kind of organism) in numbers.
I had no idea what propagation was when I got to the farm. I'm all about learning new things so I was very eager to learn how to propagate plants. To the right you'll see the first little bud I propagated. I did 3 rows of 8 new buds which included: sage, rosemary, and esperanza. After I finished I had propagated about 24 new plants, each about an inch apart. But I'm getting ahead of myself, I need to explain the process of propagating before anything else.
First, you have to pick a plant that needs some help growing. We decided to use sage, rosemary, and esperanza. Once you pick a plant, you must clip a small portion of it from the top of it so that you get a good portion of it but not too much. If the portion of the plant you clip is too large, you must scale it down so water loss while in the Greenhouse isn't so large it kills the plant. After you clip the plant, you need to place it in a planter's box filled with fresh potting soil. Place each clipping about an inch or so apart. Continue to fill up the box with clipping of plants. Once the box if filled with the plant clippings then you must cover the box with the special Greenhouse propagation cover. After it's covered, the box is ready for the Greenhouse.
To the right, you can see what the box ended up looking like once I finished placing all the plants. 3 rows of 8 plants each, making about 24 plants total. Once we finished with that, we covered the box with the special propagating cover and headed off to the Greenhouse. I went back to check on the plants this week (it had been a week since I placed them in the Greenhouse), and there had been some major growth. The propagation went very well, I was super pumped because this was my first time propagating and it turned out great! Before we know it, we'll have a whole bunch of new plants ready to be transferred on to the farm. Hoo-ray for propagation!!