If we take propagation to mean 'increase by natural process' then, for our purposes, it
could include, broadly, seed, division, and purchasing.
Seed - the Branch is not involved in
organising seed in any way - no collection, no lists,
and no distribution. Excellent facilities are provided for that by BCSS.
Seed Sowing - for comprehensive coverage
Division - for cuttings,
grafting etc click here
Purchasing - for the serious enthusiast
this is the easy route. You can do it online through some of the excellent specialist
nurseries such as Abbey Brook, or Hollygate. Accurately named young seedlings can be bought,
and postal charges are not so high. Mature specimen plants may cost £25-50 and more. These nurseries often
have stands at large flower shows such as Ayr and the Royal Highland for even better bargains.
Another easy and affordable option is to visit a Branch Show, or even a meeting, where
surplus members' plants are usually available quite cheaply. These are excellent plants,
sometimes quite large, accurately named, even specimens on occasions, and therefore expensive
from other sources. They become available because the active and expert members are practicing
propagation all the time in pursuit of new plants for exhibiting and want to make space for
- there is one other cultural method which should be included for completeness,
even though it is not for the potting shed, and may not have been applied
to cactus and succulents. It needs the sterility of a plant physiology
laboratory. For details see Appendix.