Herbaceous aquatic plants

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Propagating Herbaceous Plants from Cuttings

One thing a growing garden needs is plants, and lots of them! To buy enough plants to fill a regular backyard garden can be quite an expensive affair…
But, thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way, since nature provides for us freely and abundantly, and when we work with nature, it becomes quite effortless, and inexpensive too!

Plants naturally reproduce themselves, and they are more than capable of doing this without any help.11-01 which plants can reproduce themselves to produce an abundance of plants for our gardens.

Many herbaceous plants (plants that do not have a persistent woody stem) and even many woody stemmed plants can be reproduced if a “cutting”, a short length of the stem or a branch that is cut off, is put into moist ground in a partly shady cool spot. In time this cutting will sprout roots and become a new plant that is an exact genetic clone of the plant the cutting was taken from.

The difference between growing plants from seed and growing plants from cuttings is genetic variation.11-02 clones of the parent plant because this is vegetative, or asexual reproduction, as genes only come from one parent. Seeds can produce plants that are different from the parent plants because seeds are produced by sexual reproduction, they receive genes from a male and female to form. As they are a cross from two sets of genes, many fruit trees are not “true to seed”, that is, their seeds will produce a different variety of tree from the parent. For the botany purists, yes, there are some exceptions, but this is generally the case.

11-03For example, the seeds from a particular variety apple will not grow to be the same variety as the apple tree they came from. The seeds will produce a wide variety of different apple tree types.

So what you may say? Well, consider that not all the varieties of apple would taste good, some may not be palatable or edible at all!

Why do plants do this, mix and match their genetic material and constantly change? Simply, to adapt to different conditions and enhance their chances of survival and reproduction. Now it should be clear why all commercial fruit tree varieties are grafted, the roots may vary slightly but the top parts that are grafted on top of the rootstock all come from the same original parent plant.

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Trafford Publishing Wetland Plants of the Adirondacks: Herbaceous Plants and Aquatic Plants
Book (Trafford Publishing)

Dichotomous Key

2006-05-14 05:16:20 by robur

Would there be guides for all the plants or broken down by plant types: trees, grasses, woody perennials, herbaceous perennials, etc?
How technical would it be? Would it be user friendly? I like the challenge and looking up things like leaf shapes and technical terminology of plant structure, but I see this could be a stumbling block for many.
Isn't it more fun to ask the CL community, get a name for your mystery plant, and then continue your research.


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