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With the summer growing season in full swing, it’s a good time to learn how to propagate those favorite plants to expand a garden or share with friends. The Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will devote its July 10 meeting to a hands-on session on how to propagate native and adapted plants from cuttings or seeds.
Manon Shockey, who manages the Horticulture Center at Tarleton State University and teaches upper level horticulture classes there, will offer her expertise and guidance to beginners as well as more experienced gardeners.
Visitors can bring their own cuttings and potting material, or some will be available. Shockey suggests bringing a basic potting mix or sand, pots and coffee filters to cover the drainage holes, and a pair of pruners or nippers. If bringing plant cuttings, take them as close to the class time as possible and keep the end moist or in water. Cut soft new growth at least 4-6 inches long and with at least two nodes on it.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St., in Weatherford. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and the educational program. The public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.