Living organisms have evolved so many ways to keep their spark of life going! October is an excellent time in New Hampshire to learn about the many adaptations that allow plants to survive the approach of cold weather and the diminished quantities of sunlight available during the day. In addition to learning about seed dispersal, our children (especially those in the after-school garden club) are busy digging up and potting some of the more delicate plants so that these can brighten the classrooms (and survive!) in the warm, well-watered settings of the school’s interior. The youngsters are also starting numerous stem cuttings in jars and vases of water on south facing window sills. Some years, they try a few root cuttings as well. The goal, besides learning more botany and practicing stewardship, is to increase the quantities of certain favorite plants in the school collection – plants such as Geraniums, Pineapple Sage, New Guinea Impatiens, Coleus, Rhizomatous Begonias, and Echinacea / Coneflowers.
The newly propagated plants, once rooted, are placed in pots and shared with other classrooms, taken home, or sold in the garden club plant sales. This is also the time of year when teams of students in various classes weigh, measure, draw, and plant the tulip and daffodil bulbs which will help us in April welcome in the spring. But that’s a topic for another page!
Here’s the pdf for this particular take-home sheet. It’s used to provide the verbal framework for the hands-on activities themselves: Vegetative Plant Propagation NOFA-NH