Perhaps you, like most gardeners, are familiar with hydroponics ‒ growing plants in water, without soil. Aeroponics is the combination of water and air: plant roots are grown in a mist of water. A tub with sprayers provides a perfectly moist environment for rooting cuttings. In this workshop, the host will show how to successfully propagate cuttings to produce more plants for the hosta garden.
Aeroponic propagators substantially increase the root mass of cuttings much faster than traditional methods. Do you have a hosta that was eaten by voles and it has three roots? Put it in the propagator and drastically increase the root mass and save the plant. Want to create a border with 50 of the same hosta but don’t want to spend your retirement savings? Divide it up into smaller pieces than you would normally and put it in the propagator and get a large root mass to get them off to a fast start.
We will also discuss experimentation in rooting dormant hardwood cuttings of various garden plants. The propagator is very successful in rooting hydrangeas from dormant cuttings. New research is indicating that higher temperatures and the addition of rooting hormones to the propagator may work on a wider variety of plants. We will discuss results from experiments with other plants that were done in the winter of 2020-2021.
Lisa Quiggle works as a toxicologist at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, but in her spare time, she’s a gardener at heart. As the president of the Ed Elslager Hybridizing Society, she organizes clubs events and serves where needed. Her garden is overflowing with both named hosta varieties as well as a palette of seedlings from hybrids made by herself and friends. Lisa is anxious to share with you her personal experience in using aeroponic propagators to make more of our favorite perennial ‒ hostas!