Plant Propagation Separation & Division
Separation & Division Quick Facts: • Propagation is accomplished by the use of underground plant parts. • These parts have two functions: #1 Food Storage #2 Reproduction
We take advantage of a natural plant reproduction process. Bulbs and corms are the reproductive structures that we use in separation. Separation Amaryllis Bulb Gladiolus Corm Pearson College http://www.pearson-college.uwc.ca/pearson/biology/asex/asex.htm
Bulbs Flower Bud Foliage Leaves Bulb Scales Basal Plate BULBLETS
Propagation: • Bulbs form offsets or bulblets. • Corms form cormels. These structures can be separated when the plant dies back.
Division Not a natural process Utilize Rhizomes, Tubers, & Tuberous Roots We must mechanically separate (cut away)
Rhizome 2 new plants =
Propagation: When plants are crowded, they may be divided They are removed from the soil by digging They are then cut--remember to leave an “eye”