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A Home Propagation Event

January 21, 2017, 11:00am - January 22, 2017, 1:00am

Have ya heard about the Home Propagation Project (HPP)* yet? Are you going to a PROPAGATOR? Then mee...

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Here's a one page overview of the HPP - If you're going to be one of our 'propagators' please print out your copy.

The HOME PROPAGATION PROJECT

The MISSION
To enrich, expand, and develop LOCAL varieties of popular, edible, tasty, climate and soil appropriate perennial food trees and plants that homesteaders/gardeners would like to have in their own backyards.

The Home Propagation Project (HPP), Sponsored by the Edible Plant Project - EPP a 501(c)3
Supported by Grow Gainesville (just a bunch of folks), In cooperation with Forage Farm - a 501(c)3

Do you have some EXCEPTIONAL perennial edible fruits and vegetables in your garden that you would like to SHARE with others?
SIGN UP and help us with the work.
Contact Audra Tyler via e-mail at: audra.b.tyler@gmail.com
Or by phone at: 214-995-0422

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Audra Tyler

PROPAGATION INSTRUCTORS:
Melissa DeSa, Timothy Noyes, Brian Mather, Tad DeGroat (others as needed)

The Edible Plant Project (EPP) will provide the following after approval of each cultivar

One (1) gallon pots and fresh, enriched soil.
Minimum 10 - Maximum 20 (more on approval)
Other supplies as required. (rooting medium, grafting tape, etc)
Instruction/workshop (if required) on the different methods, of plant propagation
Mentoring throughout the propagation process

What is required of the Home Propagator:
Sign up with Name, address, phone, and e-mail
Let us know what YOU would like to propagate, your description and why you think others would like to grow them.

Provide appropriate environment (temp, sun, water, nutrition) during the winter season while your plants grow to transplant/sale size.
Occasional updates on progress: Health & Vigor. Finally, notification of failure if it happens.

Return to the EPP of 80% of the successfully propagated plants when they have sufficient root development for transplanting into the ground.

What We’re Looking for From YOUR Garden
Perennial fruits and vegetables that YOU LOVE and have grown successfully to abundant and healthy production.
Things that are:
Climate appropriate
Soil compatible with a minimum of inputs

EXCLUSIONS
No citrus (we’re not permitted for it). No toxicity. Non Invasive (non-natives are fine)
Anything that requires SPECIAL treatment, i.e. full time greenhouse or extensive customer instruction.
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Pindo Palm, Wine Palm, Jelly Palm (Butia capitata)


The Pindo Palm (Butia capitata a.k.a. Wine or Jelly Palm) is propagated from seed and generally reaches 12-15 feet in height.

Grown in full sun to partial shade, this perennial produces bright magenta flowers in the late spring and early summer.
It is quite cold-hardy and can handle temperatures in the teens with no sign of damage. It is also drought-resistant and resilient if relocated. Pindo palms thrive in a variety of soils, including alkaline, and is moderately salt-tolerant, though its roots and lower trunk can rot in soil which is kept too moist. Growth of this palm is slow; it may take many months to germinate. Though palm leaf skeletonizer, scale, and micronutrient deficiencies (appearing in soil with a high pH) present occasional challenges to the Pindo palm, these are not typically serious.

The plant’s date-sized fruit has a citrus-mango-coconut flavor, and makes great jams and jellies. The juice of the fruit can also be added to smoothies and tropical wines and liqueurs. Seeds can be roasted to make a coffee-flavored beverage.

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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=butia%20palm%20fruit

pdf – Pindo palm information sheet (to print out)


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