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The Birds & the Bees

Like the saying goes, “let me tell you about the birds and the bees”. Well, the birds and the bees have a lot to do with plant pollination. There are a few ways plants are pollinated. Let’s look at those ways:

  • Birds
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Wind
  • Perfect Plants (self pollinating plants)
  • Man

If you are saving seeds or you are growing your own plants, it is important to note the different ways that plants pollinate. When you know how plants pollinate you can help to facilitate this natural process. At the very least you do not want to hinder it but rather encourage it. It also helps to know how and where your seeds will come from so you know how to locate and save them. If you decide to pollinate the plants yourself, then you will want to learn more about the reproductive parts of the plants. The stamen is the male part of the plant and the stigma is the female part of the plant. This is where Jim Ulager book came in very handy. I picked up “Beginning seed saving for the home gardener” by Jim Ulager at my local library. It was a topic I was curious about, so I decided to check out the book. The book is highly informative and very well written. Pick up this book for more details about pollination and propagation.

We found this book extremely helpful in identifying which insects and animals are helpful to our garden and which ones are not. We also learned a lot about seed saving in addition to plant pollination and propagation. Propagation requires more man intervention rather than allowing nature to simply take its course. Propagation is often used to reproduce the same plant rather than getting a variety of a plant. Seeds from a Roma Tomato plant will still be Roma but they will be the children of the original Roma plant and thus not the original plant. This can produce a different tasting fruit than the parent. To avoid this and to get the exact same plant, people propagate. What are the forms of propagation? Let’s look at them:

  • layering
    • layering the branch
    • air layering
    • trench layering
    • tip layering
    • mound layering
  • stem or root cuttings
  • soft and hardwood cuttings
  • budding
  • grafting
  • micropropagation (mass-produce or clones)

There is a lot to discuss when talking about pollination and propagation. What questions do you have? Almost everyone knows the story about how insects and birds carry pollen to pollinate plants. What did you learn that you do not already know? What can you share with all of us about what you know about plant pollination? As always you are the best part of what we do. We look forward to hearing more about what you know about the birds and bees and the other topics we discuss. Or suggest your own topic. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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