Seed Cleaning & Packing Pizza Party – January 25 @ HNPAT Meeting

Seed Cleaning & Packing Pizza Party

Help us kick off the Great Grow Out of 2017!

Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) and the Houston Chapter of the img_0260Native Prairies Association of Texas (HNPAT) are teaming up to host a seed cleaning & packing party at the January 25th HNPAT monthly meeting. Learn about prairie plants and how to clean seeds from KPC experts.  Prairie plant seeds collected from the wild last fall will be packed into envelopes to be distributed to KPC’s Great Grow Out (KatyPrairie.org/GGO) participants.

Information about the Great Growout will be available at the meeting. Seed packers are encouraged to take some seeds home and participate!

Come & eat, make some new friends, support KPC and HNPAT, and pack some seeds! Flyer at this link.

Cost: Free. Refreshments provided. Please register, so we can have a headcount for the food.

Register Here

Some of the species for this year’s Great Grow Out are:

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Details:

When
Wednesday January 25, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in Hermann Park
1500 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004     Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/tQAdqzp1C6m
Please note, the entrance to the parking lot is at the corner of Hermann Dr. & Crawford St. and not inside the park, as some online map indicates.

Contact:

Lan Shen
The Katy Prairie Conservancy & Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of TX
713-523-6135 or 713-714-6763 or shen.gcmn@gmail.com

Growing Prairie Plants from Seeds: Germination

Sent by Wally Ward, President of Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston, Vice-president of Cactus Society, Board Member of Katy Prairie Conservancy, active in West 11st Park, and retired lawyer:

I have had lots of success growing native wildflower seeds in 200-cell plug trays. I mix a lot of seed with enough soil (1part seed starter mix, 1 part vermiculite, 1 part perlite) to fill the cells; then I water and stand by. When the seedlings are crowded and more mature, I pop each plug out with a chopstick (best are the  plastic ones from Kam’s Chinese Restaurant in the Arts District on Montrose a short distance north of 59 and a couple of blocks south of Richmond). The plugs are rootbound and pop right out for transfer into the garden.

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I have also by this point hardened them off outdoors. I let Darwin figure out the plants in each plug that prevail. I can generate a LOT of plants and have provided same to butterfly gardens at Challenger Elementary in Clear Lake and Silverlake Elementary in Pearland, plus into the West 11th St. Garden.