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Learn how to propagate native plants

Hands-on workshop shows what to do with cuttings, divisions and seeds

Plant scientist Renee Murphy, here dressed for different weather than we currently enjoy, will lead the propagation workshop this Friday.

Plant scientist Renee Murphy, here dressed for different weather than we currently enjoy, will lead the propagation workshop this Friday. Photo courtesy Renee Murphy

Native plants can go a long way to helping bees, butterflies, birds and other local wildlife survive in our suburban environment. Meant to grow in our California landscape, natives also can be more resilient to heat, drought or deluge.

Learn how to propagate native plants during a hands-on workshop, set for 3 p.m. this Friday, Aug 18, in East Sacramento.

“Whether you dream of a flourishing garden or simply wish to expand your green thumb skills, this workshop promises to be an inspiring and informative experience for all plant enthusiasts,” say the organizers.

Plant scientist Renee Murphy, a.k.a. @midlifefarmgirl, will lead the two-hour session, billed as “Sacramento Native Plant Propagation Practice Workshop,” at McClaskey Adult Center, 5241 J St., Sacramento. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Get your ticket ($15 plus fees) via eventbrite:

“Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a complete beginner, this workshop is designed to help you gain confidence and expertise in the art of plant propagation,” Murphy said in her online class description. “During this interactive session, we will guide you through various propagation methods, providing step-by-step demonstrations and personalized assistance.”

Learn how to propagate plants via cuttings, root divisions or seeds. Also get tips on how to nurture those babies into mature plants.

“This workshop aims to foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment, allowing participants to share their experiences and learn from one another,” add the organizers.

Participants are asked to bring a pair of pruners or sharp garden scissors along with cuttings of any specific plants they’d like to practice propagating. Participants also may bring seeds to start and to share.


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

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