While native plant demand is up, there are important challenges to overcome in increasing the market. Recently Dr. Jessica Lubell, University of Connecticut, presented a poster at the Connecticut Invasive Plants Working Group Symposium. Jessica’s work focusses on determining which native species are most suitable for nursery trade production and landscape performance.
The main issues Jessica has identified to boosting production of natives include: The lack of liners; poor quality of native plants produced; and a lack of horticultural selections/cultivars. Growers seeking to propagate plants from wild harvested cuttings or seed face a number of obstacles. For instance, employees may not have the skill set to know which plants are suitable for production. Plants from which cuttings or seed is collected may be scattered over hundreds of miles, making the effort very expensive. Permission to collect must also be obtained.
All of the presentations and posters from the Connecticut Invasive Plants Working Group Symposium are available at http://cipwg.uconn.edu/2016-symposium-presentations/
January 3, 2017 NewTerrain.