En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - February 13, 2009

From: Schertz, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Propagation
Title: Native plants for sale end of April in Schertz TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I am trying to raise some native plants for a fund-raiser .They need to be salable by the end of April. Something with flowers would be nice. Any suggestions?

ANSWER:

It may be a little late to start on your project. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a plant sale the second weekend in mid-April, and our Plant Nursery has been busy all winter seeding and taking cuttings, progressing the plants from the greenhouse to the sheltered yard to the sun yard. In Texas, most plants grown from seed are planted in the Fall to benefit from Fall rains (when we have any) and cold temperatures to help the seeds break dormancy and begin germination.

About the best we can suggest is that you inspect your own garden and perhaps those of generous friends for perennials that clump and can be divided and potted up. This is a good time to do that anyway. Whether they will be blooming by the time of your sale is not something we can determine. We are going to go to our Recommended Species section, click on Central Texas on the map, NARROW YOUR SEARCH, and select "Herbs" (herbaceous blooming plants) under Habit and "Perennial" under Duration. Then we'll take a look at the Propagation Instructions on the webpage on each individual plant, and select some of our favorites that can be propagated by division. You will need to get them potted up quickly in good potting soil and give them sun and water appropriate to their needs. Those requirements are also listed on the individual pages. Here is an article from Ezine@rticles on Plant Propagation by Division which will help you decide what plants you can divide and how to care for them. 

PLANTS FOR DIVISION IN CENTRAL TEXAS

Asclepias asperula (spider milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)

Conoclinium coelestinum (blue mistflower)

Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf tickseed)

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

Engelmannia peristenia (Engelmann's daisy)

Melampodium leucanthum (plains blackfoot)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Salvia engelmannii (Engelmann's sage)

Salvia farinacea (mealycup sage)

Salvia roemeriana (cedar sage)

Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa (stemmy four-nerve daisy)


Asclepias asperula

Asclepias tuberosa

Conoclinium coelestinum

Coreopsis lanceolata

Echinacea purpurea

Engelmannia peristenia

Melampodium leucanthum

Monarda fistulosa

Salvia engelmannii

Salvia farinacea

Salvia roemeriana

Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa

 

 

 

 

More Propagation Questions

No berries on dogwoods in GA
November 18, 2010 - I have 4 native dogwood trees. I have owned the property for 4 years. They have never produced berries. Can you tell me why? are the trees male and female, and could I have all males?
view the full question and answer

Planting wildflowers from Wichita Falls, TX
August 24, 2013 - Hi, Thanks so much for the answers you give! You've been very helpful to me in the past. I have two quick questions: 1) I have been harvesting seeds from my wildflowers. I wonder when the best time...
view the full question and answer

Propagating magnolias from Springtown TX
July 07, 2011 - I am trying to find out how to plant Magnolia tree seeds and what has to be done with them prior to planting, if anything and what type of soil to use.
view the full question and answer

Coursetia axillaris from cuttings from Elmendorf TX
October 31, 2013 - I have been able to propagate the Coursetia axillaris (Texas Babybonnets) from cuttings. Will the plants grown from cuttings bloom faster?
view the full question and answer

Need care instructions for Cardiosperma halicacabum in Little Rock, AR>
May 11, 2012 - I'd like to find out how to cultivate & care for a balloon vine/heart seed vine/love in a puff vine which I found growing wild in my yard (in Little Rock, Arkansas). There seems to be very little in...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center