Raising Native Plants in Nurseries: Basic Concepts

Heidi Kratsch, our Western Area Horticulture Specialist and head of the Master Gardener Native Plants Club discovered a great online resource for nurseries interested in growing native plants! It’s a free online book called Raising Native Plants in Nurseries: Basic Concepts. Here’s a blurb about the book taken from the US Forest Service publication website:

“Growing native plants can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. This booklet, particularly the first chapter that introduces important concepts, is for the novice who wants to start growing native plants as a hobby; however, it can also be helpful to someone with a bit more experience who is wondering about starting a nursery. The second chapter provides basic information about collecting, processing, storing, and treating seeds. Chapter three focuses on using seeds to grow plants in the field or in containers using simple but effective techniques. For those native plants that reproduce poorly from seeds, the fourth chapter describes how to start native plants from cuttings. The final chapter provides valuable information on how to successfully move native plants from the nursery and establish them in their final planting location. Several appendices expand on what has been presented in the chapters, with more details and specific information about growing a variety of native plants.”

To view the book online or save a copy to your computer or eReader, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr274.pdf. Hard copies of this book are expected to be available in July 2012 and can be ordered via mail. Interested parties should submit their interest in publication RMRS-GTR-274 Raising Naive Plants in Nurseries: Basic Concepts to:

Publications Division, Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
240 W. Prospect Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80526