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What is Plant Propagation?

posted Jan 15, 2012, 6:40 PM by Misty Hanna   [ updated Jan 15, 2012, 6:49 PM ]

In gardening we often hear the word propagation but what does that actually mean? Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, bulbs and other plant parts. Plant propagation can also refer to the artificial or natural dispersal of plants. Horticulturists and gardeners use many different techniques to propagate, multiply or clone their plants.  So in a nut shell, propagation is the process of reproduction of plant life; it also refers to causing the biological reproduction of plants. The reproduction of plants can be sexual or asexual. Sexual plant propagation produces a new generation of plants via the exchange of genetic material from parent plants. Asexual propagation is the reproduction of plant life that is identical to a single parent. Seeds are involved in sexual reproduction, and various cuttings and grafting are used in asexual reproduction.