Propagation Workshop

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"Beginner Softwood Cuttings"
Sophia McCusker, Nursery Technician

  • Friday, May 31, 2024 – 2:30 pm5:30 pm

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How many times have you been in a friend's garden and wanted to take home one of their favorite plants? Has a neighbor shared a cutting with you and you put it in a vase on the windowsill not knowing what to do with it? Are you a new gardener fascinated by the idea of being able to grow your plant collection inexpensively at home? If this sounds like you, you should join the JC Raulston Arboretum staff for this hands-on workshop and learn the basics about propagating woody ornamental plants by stem cuttings!

tray with softwood cuttings

In this beginner workshop, participants learn how to take stem cuttings, what rooting hormones are, and how to care for cuttings as they root. Participants start by learning about propagation in a classroom setting and then go out into the gardens for a brief demonstration on how to take cuttings. Back inside, participants will try their hand at propagating using a selection of cuttings chosen by staff for optimal success. Then, everyone leaves with a full tray of cuttings from the JC Raulston Arboretum's collection!

This workshop is for beginner gardeners looking to learn about propagation. For more experienced gardeners or past propagation workshop participants, please sign up for the Advanced Propagation Workshop (Saturday, June 1, 2024 8:30 am).

Note: All of the newly propagated plants will go home with our participants along with care instructions to help you have the most success!

$150.00 for members, $200.00 for nonmembers. The cost includes all materials needed. Note to nonmembers: instead of paying $50.00 more for the program, become a member for $50.00 instead.

Advance registration is required. Register through our online registration e-store.

Registration is limited to 15 participants and is considered complete when payment is received. You will receive a confirmation receipt from when registered.

Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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