November Monthly Meeting

Last month at our monthly meeting we heard a presentation about use of native plants in stream corridors, and their importance in providing both terrestrial and aquatic habitat, stablizing banks, and nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) uptake. After the meeting, we had the annual seed exchange. Generous society members donate native plant seed from their own collection for swap and free give-away. I was able to get seed for columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), and giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). One of the more interesting seeds available was for putty root orchid (Aplectrum hymenale), collected populations saved from development in the wild. There is no easy way to get it to germinate. Because of the symbiotic relationship between seed and fungus needed for germination, it’s left up to nature. I am going to see if I can get it to grow in a garden located in an mesic oak-basswood forest. For the rest of the seed, I am going to try to get germination in flats over the winter. Let the fun begin! Did you get any seed in the seed swap? What species? Are you a veteran native seed germinator or a rookie like me? What are your secrets to success?

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