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Monday - May 18, 2009

From: Dallas, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Propagation
Title: Propagating sundrop plants in Dallas
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

How do I propagate sundrop plants?

ANSWER:

There are eleven species of the genus Calylophus native to Texas, all with "sundrop" as one of the common names. Our webpage on Calylophus berlandieri (Berlandier's sundrops) has this advice on propagation:

"Propagation by seed is most successful if sown in fall. Take cuttings on new growth in early spring, sometimes in January."

From our webpage on Calylophus serrulatus (yellow sundrops):

"Cuttings taken in early summer will root. Stratified seed germinates adequately.
Seed Collection: Seed is difficult to collect."


Calylophus berlandieri

Calylophus hartwegii

Calylophus lavandulifolius

Calylophus serrulatus

 

 

 

 

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