Without a doubt, the most important plants at our nurseries
are what we call the mother stock. These are the plants from which we
take sections to propagate thousands more plants via cuttings, tissue
culture or grafting. They are adored and pampered...much like your
mother, most likely! We make sure they are ultra healthy, provided with
just the right soil, fertilizer and irrigation; and that they remain
free of disease or pests. We keep a watchful eye that our new, improved
varieties maintain their special characteristics.
Our selfless mother stock plants are not always the grandest
plants on the nursery (after the pruning crews come through to harvest,
they can be look a bit ragged), but they do produce the very finest
cuttings. So this month we pay homage to all mothers -- both flora and
fauna -- and have some great suggestions for fantastic plants for Moms
everywhere who love to garden.