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

Saturday - February 26, 2011

From: Round Rock , TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Propagation
Title: Propagation of native plants by seed in Round Rock TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I'm trying to include more native and adapted low water use plants in the landscaping of my yard in Round Rock Texas. Due to a limited budget I've been collecting seeds from plants around the area and hoping to sprout them. I have collected seeds from Desert Willow, Mexican Buckeye, Mexican Plum, Possum Holly, Yaupon Holly, Red Yucca and Prickly Pear Can you give me some advice for how best to get the seeds to sprout? Is there a particular type of soil or time I should plant them? Is it OK to start them in a small container and transplant as they get bigger? Any hints you can give me will be very helpful. Thank you!

ANSWER:

The page on our Native Plant Database on each plant contains Propagation Instructions as well as Growing Conditions that should answer your questions about soil, sun requirements, and water use. You have chosen a good selection of plants native to Central Texas that are low water usage. The Propagation Instructions on these will sometimes include using hardwood cuttings. Here is an article on Home Propagation Techniques from North Dakota State University Extension, which should answer some of your other questions. The Red Yucca page does not have Propagation Instructions on it, so we will give you a link to a website on that plant that does. 

Chilopsis linearis (Desert willow)

Ungnadia speciosa (Mexican buckeye)

Prunus mexicana (Mexican plum)

Ilex decidua (Possumhaw)

Ilex vomitoria (Yaupon)

Hesperaloe parviflora (Red yucca) - more information from Pima County Master Gardeners

Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri (Texas pricklypear)

From our Native Plant Image Gallery:


Chilopsis linearis


Ungnadia speciosa


Ungnadia speciosa


Prunus mexicana


Prunus mexicana


Ilex decidua


Ilex decidua


Ilex vomitoria


Hesperaloe parviflora


Hesperaloe parviflora


Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri


Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri

 

 

 

 

More Propagation Questions

Flowering plant for gravesite in Weatherford TX
June 23, 2013 - I want to plant flowering plant of some kind at parent's grave site in Weatherford, TX. The family cemetery is on a limestone hill with no irrigation or ability to water other than nature. Would on...
view the full question and answer

Digging wild buttercup from roadside in Mechanicsville MD
May 28, 2012 - Mr. Smarty Plants, is it illegal to dig out wild buttercup in Maryland? I see them along the dirt road or just in the ditch. Since buttercup considered weed, I'm wondering what the law say about this...
view the full question and answer

Bulbils on Turks cap lily
July 21, 2005 - My Turks cap lily has dark pea size growths at the bass of each leaf. Are these the seeds? How and when do I harvest seeds from this plant?
view the full question and answer

Propagation of skunk cabbage
December 18, 2003 - Where can I purchase root stock for a start of skunk cabbage to plant? in my wetland?
view the full question and answer

Removal of non-native zoysia grass from Burgettstown PA
September 12, 2013 - What is the most effective method of killing zoysia grass? We bought a house that sits in the center of four acres of mature zoysia. It looks beautiful, however, despite our best efforts at "weeding...
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