Propagation, Production and Transplanting Practices for Native Plants with Landscape Potential
Production of native plants and their use in managed landscapes (residential and commercial landscapes in urban and rural areas) is slowly increasing in the United States, the Pacific Northwest, and Idaho. The most important reasons for using native plants in residential landscapes are that many native species may use less water, may require fewer inputs, and fulfill an ecological role compared to non-native species. Unfortunately, the use of native plant species in managed landscapes throughout the state and region has been slow to catch on due to limited availability from wholesale production nurseries. These companies often cite a lack of information on propagation and cultural practices needed for their production as reasons for producing very few native plant species. The purpose of this research is to examine cultural practices that can be
used to propagate, produce, or transplant native species, including herbaceous perennials and woody plants. The native plants to be used in this research are species that can be grown in managed landscapes or restored habitats. Different sexual and asexual propagation techniques will be studied for native plant species. Different cultural practices for field and container production will also be examined so that growers will be able to produce native species efficiently. Nursery managers in different parts of Idaho have mentioned they need more solid information on producing native plants. They want production information to ensure that they can produce a viable plant that will survive in the landscape.