Epimedium: Back to Basics
Propagating a new plant is just as challenging as remembering how to produce more familiar plants on a daily schedule. When learning a new plant, I try to keep the concept basic and true to how the plant grows in nature.
In Spring 1995 we started growing Epimedium. It was not until 1996 that we started experimenting with the idea of propagation. Early production of 1-qt material was purchased in from an outside source and potted for final sale. We decided to try propagation as a means of reducing price and servicing our customer with a better quality product.
Early propagation was successful by division, but the total yields were low and the cultivars were few. We needed a project for our winter propagation schedule, and Epimedium was just the kind of project that could fill a greenhouse in a 2-week timeframe. Propagation and production usually occurs in late November just prior to our Anemone and Astilbe crop production in early December.
Our experimenting over the years
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