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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Retail Dealers of LGM Potting Soil

L. G. M. Company
2213 Chico Ave.
So. El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 448-8042 FAX (626) 444-3077

Retail Dealers

Batavia Gardens, Orange
Bellefontaine Nursery, Pasadena
Blue Hills Nursery, Whittier 
Brita’s Old Town Garden, Seal Beach
Burkard Nursery, Pasadena 
Cerritos Nursery, Cerritos
Covina Garden Center, Covina 
C & S Nursery, Los Angeles
Ellwood Nursery, Rolling Hills Estates 
F. K. Nursery, W. Los Angeles
George’s Hardware, W. Los Angeles 
H & H Nursery, Lakewood
Hashimoto Nursery, W. Los Angeles 
J. Harold Mitchell Co., San Gabriel
The Jungle, W. Los Angeles 
Kettles Nursery, Pasadena
La Crescenta Nursery, Glendale 
Lo’s Nursery, El Monte
Lucky Plants, Santa Monica 
M & M Nursery, Orange
Mission Nursery, San Marino 
Moneta Nursery, Gardena
Mt. Fuji Garden Center, Upland 
Nuccio’s Nursery, Altadena
Parkview Nursery, Riverside 
Pasadena Lawnmower, Pasadena
Peters Garden Center, Redondo Beach 
Rainbow Garden Nursery, Glendora
Rolling Green Wholesale, Culver City 
San Gabriel Nursery, San Gabriel
San Marino Nursery, San Marino 
Sego Nursery, North Hollywood
SY Nursery, Cerritos 
Tabuchi Nursery, W. Los Angeles*
Temple Garden Center, El Monte 
Venice Plants, Venice
West Valley Nursery, Tarzana 
Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery, W. Los Angeles

* the one I use most 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Checklist for Graded Students (use this one only for 2015)


Sow small seeds (one six pack)

Sow medium seeds (one six pack)

Sow large seeds (one quart)

Pot on seedlings


Plant Type
Divide perennial 1

Divide perennial 2


Plant Type
    1st rose

2nd rose

Fig tree ( 4 cuttings)

Grape (6 cuttings)

Pomegranate (4)

Root stock (8)

Leaf cutting

Grafting (three only)

Scion/Root stock
Chip Budding


Saddle graft

Cleft or Bark Graft

Whip Graft

2015 Propagation Syllabus


Instructor: David King
Email: >>redacted<<

There are no prerequisites for this course, although some knowledge of basic botany is extremely helpful. We meet on Sundays from January 11 through March 29 for 10 meetings, nine on Sunday and one Saturday field trip.
In our field trip we will attend the WLA chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers meeting on February 14th, from 10:00 to noon. This is the day of their annual ‘Scion Exchange’ and is not to be missed if you can help it. There is no other forum in Los Angeles that offers a better introduction to grafting!

All other meetings are on Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 PM to The Learning Garden, at the Venice High School campus. This site is close to the ocean and because we meet outside or in a poorly heated classroom, please dress appropriate to the weather, which is invariably colder than one would imagine. We will do what we can to mitigate the cold and rain, should it come, but the material of the class is best covered with live plant material in the garden – which, of course, is outside.

We will also be working with potting soils and cut plant material in almost every single class, gloves will probably be desired. Dress so that you can comfortably get dirty and still stay dry. Dressing in layers is probably the best idea when it comes to being outdoors at The Learning Garden.

Course Purpose

This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of plant propagation, both sexual and asexual, and the science and art of grafting and budding.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the care and safe use of tools in plant propagation.
  2. Understand the biology of sexual and asexual propagation of plants.
  3. Understand and use the different styles of propagation of plants.
  4. Be able to create or craft and use a plant propagation system.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the above by propagating different species of plants.
  6. Understand the physiology of plants sufficiently to be able to successfully bud and graft a variety of plants.


The materials presented in this course will enable the student to start plants from seeds and cuttings, in an amateur or professional setting and graft woody plants with a working understanding of the scientific underpinnings of the process. While we are working mostly with food plants, these techniques cross easily to ornamental plants.

Text for this course

Plant Propagation A to Z – Bryant; Firefly Books, 2003 It is readily available online or in the appropriate UCLA Bookstore. There will be many additional handouts from the instructor. Reading assignments in this syllabus are from this book only. Please note, The Grafter's Handbook – Garner; Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013, has been reprinted. It has been and still is the most authoritative book on propagation in or out of print. This book is a wonderful reference book for someone involved in grafting. Unlike the modern books that only show a few grafts, this one shows grafts for all kinds of plant work and as such, is essential for one who wishes to make this work a part of a skill set.
All material for in class will be available online at Addtionaly, I invite all of you to join the group, Greener Gardens, on Facebook. Handouts are put there as well, and students use the group to contact one another – I also post other items of interest for you. I try to not have handouts in class to avoid wasting paper printing handouts you may not care to keep and using the internet allows us to use videos (especially of grafting) you may find helpful.

Class Meetings

To each class meeting, in addition to any note-taking tools you deem necessary (paper, camera, tape recorder etc), each student should bring propagation tools that will be described in our first class meeting; please don't purchase a lot of stuff until then. You will need pruners, a grafting knife, a regular pocket knife (or one knife with two blades for different purposes), a black, permanent Sharpie, a sharp pencil and a sturdy pair of gloves – leather preferred. If you are unsure of what to buy, buy NOTHING until after the first class meeting – we will not be using most of these items until later.


Your grade in this class is based on a checklist you will keep and two short exams. You need to be able to perform each of the tasks on the log with sufficient skill and understanding of the process in order to receive a passing grade in this course. The completed checklist must be turned in the last day of class unless other arrangements have been made before hand with the instructor. I reserve the right to administer quizzes throughout the course to insure comprehension. They will count in your participation score.

Instructor’s Office Hours

Please avail yourself of my willingness to meet with you at any time to discuss your progress in the course or to clarify instructional material or to answer any difficulties you are having. My preference is to meet with you at my office at The Learning Garden where we can cover material without distraction but I am willing to meet with students anytime, anywhere to assist you in learning; after all, that is the point your taking the class and my teaching it. It is my wish that all students learn and are profited by their enrollment in this course. Do not struggle; I am here to help.

At The Learning Garden:


Remember its location.
I’m very serious... So far only two students have had to have emergency medical treatment. I don't like adding to that number. It's hard enough to get students without killing them off.

A garden is filled with uneven surfaces, rocks, plants with thorns and other armaments and an infinity of possibilities for injury; most of the time in this course we will be using very sharp tools which deserve your utmost attention at all times, please give due attention and consideration of this. Remain on pathways and do not walk into planted beds unless it is absolutely necessary. Do not pick anything without permission.

Food and drink are allowed, but the removal of any trash or waste is entirely incumbent on the eator and/or drinkor. I will hold you responsible.

We will probably have hot tea and coffee to mitigate the cool weather we anticipate needing to endure. Bring your own cup or mug and any eating utensils you feel you need. I drink it black – if you want sugar or cream, it's on you.

Appropriate clothing is essential. Remember, Venice can be hot and cold by turns. Layering is suggested; a jacket or sweater close at hand is essential. We will meet regardless of weather. If it is a light rain/mist, we will continue work. If it is a gully-washer (as though we get those in Southern California), we will meet in a classroom and carry on.

Point Assignment

For Credit Students. It is more important to me that you learn the material above all other considerations. I will endeavor through point assignment, lecture and demonstration to teach you in a way that will facilitate learning the material. If you aren’t understanding, please allow me to help you.

Tools You Will Need

Each student shall provide:

Pair of pruners – secateur type, like Felco #2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 or 13. No anvil pruners allowed EXCEPT for those students with hand pain or arthritis that must use the ratcheting type of pruners. Felcos can be bought on the internet (eBay) for much less than most local sources; I am also a Felco distributor and carry several models at a very competitive price. Coronas and other secateur pruners are OK, although if you have ever used Felcos, you can appreciate why I am so fond of them.

Pruning knife – only used for plants. It is suggested that everyone also have a second knife for all the other needs in a garden. If one does not plan on doing a great deal of propagation needing a sharp knife, an inexpensive knife with break-away blades available from many local stores may be used. Grafting knives and horticultural knives are also found for reasonable amounts on eBay and other internet connections; I also have a selection of inexpensive pruning knives from Swiss Army. No one should feel pressured to buy my items – I only have them because they can be hard to find locally and often all you can find are the really expensive Felcos which you don't need.

Pair of gloves – leather is preferred, some folks like to have more than one.

Sharpie – fine point, only black will not wash off

Pencil sharp, wooden (the Learning Garden does have a sharpener)

You will need to take notes, so paper is necessary – may I suggest you take notes in pencil because it won’t run if it gets wet and a pencil is a wonderful small dibber in a pinch.

The Garden (or instructor) will provide as needed:
Cactus mix and potting soil
Watering devices
Root stimulating gel
Other tools and supplies as needed
Oil, sharpening devices, cleaners and rags for pruner and knife maintenance
Alcohol wipes, Listerine and hand soap.
Plant material/seeds
First aid kit
Plant markers

If you forget your pruners or knife, I do have a few of each, and while I do have gloves, a pair that fits your hand is preferred (and a pair of gloves are somewhat personal too). I can sharpen your pruners and we will learn how in this course.

Lecture: Introduction – roll, Extension policy, meeting time and place, attendance and tardiness, tools etc. Tour Garden. Tool selection, care and safety. Sexual and asexual propagation defined. Introduction to the different arts of propagation. Botany as applied to propagation.
Demonstration: Cutting scions for the exchange
Practical: Harvesting scionwood

Lecture: Meristematic tissue and the principles of propagation by cuttings; Pages 92-113; soil mixes for propagation
Demonstration: Different kinds of cuttings
Practical: Making cuttings
Lecture: General Propagation Methods and Application; Pages 47-91; pests and diseases and methodology to deal.
Demonstration: Division of perennials
Practical: Dividing perennial plants
TEST: Primarily on Cuttings and Safety *

Field Trip to California Rare Fruit Growers

Lecture: More grafting and possibilities/Budding
Demonstration: Another graft & budding
Practical: More grafting
Lecture: Seeds, structure, germination and viability, collection, storage. Propagation, pages 47-74; seed starting problems and their solution.
Demonstration: Scarification/Seed sowing
Practical: Sowing seeds of different sizes
Lecture: California Native Propagation
Demonstration: Fire scarification of a California native
Practical: Transplanting seedlings
TEST: Grafting Principles and Seeds
Lecture: Propagating ornamentals; Katarina Ericksen
Demonstration: Ornamental propagation
Practical: Propagating something unusual.
Lecture: Covering all things left uncovered.
Demonstration: As dictated by circumstances.
Practical: Work on your checklist. (Student evaluation of instructor/course…) FINISHING REQUIREMENTS FOR CREDIT STUDENTS

Our Class Meeting Locations

The Learning Garden

13000 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310.722.3656 (my cell)
The Garden is located on the south east corner of Walgrove Avenue and Venice Blvd. It is the first gate on Walgrove south of Venice – there is a small amount of parking inside the gate which we reserve for those who need to park close and support staff, including instructors There is no other secured parking, other than those few spaces, you are on the street and on your own. DO NOT PARK ON THE CAMPUS PROPER.

California Rare Fruit Growers, West Los Angeles Chapter

Scion Exchange meeting on February 14 10:00 AM, Veteran's Community Building, 4117 Overland Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

Tool Suppliers:
Search online at eBay and other buying services, but the following companies, in addition to myself, reliably have the tools you need and prices that are competitive.
A.M. Leonard (AKA The Gardeners Edge) They have everything and they make good house brands of knives and pruners.
Frost Proof Garden Supply A good source for many common garden tools including pruners and grafting knives and associated supplies. If you really want to splurge, they sell the Tina line of grafting knives. Truly beautiful works of art.
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply Felco and Corona pruners, inexpensive Swiss Army grafting knives. A good choice.
Scoring For Grading in This Class

Class Participation
In class exams

* Please note: ALL students take both tests even the not-for-credit students, I want to gauge your learning/my effectiveness in teaching this material. The same is true of pop-quizzes when given.

Felco Sales and Service...

I don't carry the whole line, only the most practical.  I also stock grafting knives and, soon,
spare parts for Felco's and grafting supplies that are useful.

My Price
Felco # 6
Felco # 8
Felco # 9
Felco #11
Felco #13
Felco #16
F-912 Holster
F-600 Saw
F-611 Saw
39-010 Knife
39-020 Knife
19-040 Knife
39-045 Knife
39-050 (U) Knife
39-060 Light grafting
39-110 Knife
T605 Knife (and 605L)
T640-10 (and 10L)
T641-10 (and 10L)
T683 Knife
F- 160L
F – 160S


F-912 Holster
F-990 Grease
2/30 Adjustment Key
2/91 Spring for F2, 7, 8
5/91 Spring for F11, 13
6/91 Spring for F6

To purchase from this list, you may contact me at greenteach at gmail dot com.  Please note, I do not ship at this time. I do not have things in stock all the time and often have to order them.  My main intent is offer good Felco pruners and service at a good price, primarily for my students who are required to own good shears and grafting knives.  Usually in LA, you cannot find anything but the rotating handle F7's for about$100.00.  I don't think folks need the rotating handle (at all!) and $100.00 is far too much to pay just to have a good quality shear.  

I offer a few Victorinox grafting knives as well Tina's by special order. Victorinox knives are sturdy, well-built, affordable knives that serve one well in the field. Tina knives are the gold-standard for well-built, comfortable grafting knives.  For a student, Vitorinox is sufficient - for a professional, perhaps Tina is the one to get.  

i can get replacement parts for all Felco pruners.  I can also clean and repair damaged Felcos.  Basic price for cleaning and sharpening is $20, but really wrecked pruners will be more and parts are additional.  I will clean and sharpen other brands but do no other repair on them - most of them cannot be repaired and that's part of why they are not expensive.

Thank you for your interest in Felco pruners and Victorinox and Tina knives.

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