Propagating Carnivorous Plants (elective)

 

Troy Alexander, Founder & CEO, E.T. Nursery

Saturday, July 14 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Members $50|Non-members $55

Plants that lure, capture, and digest animals have fascinated naturalists for centuries, and continue to attract dedicated fans. Despite the long history of carnivorous plants the scientific literature, new species and cultivation techniques are discovered regularly, with many new beautiful cultivars registered every year. This class will consist of both classroom lecture and interactive lab portions, during which students will learn about the diversity, evolution, and ecology of carnivorous plants - both locally and globally. They will also learn how to grow and care for these unique plants, and then specifically how to propagate them with a focus on native species. Participants will engage in hands-on practice with cuttings, plugs, rhizome divisions, leaf pullings, seed sowing, and in-vitro germination. All students will take home a flask (or two) of sterilized seeds sown in-vitro, as well as materials to propagate plants at home.