The RSLDG and HC projects require a lot of plants. Coko and Tim have donated the use of a good portion of their land, time, labor and water to the project. The plants being propagated include mostly native species but also include some ornamentals and fruit bearing plant. All the plants fall into the fire resilient category . Some sucess has already been achieved with species like toyon, coyote mint, wild honeysuckle, some rose species, lavender, carpenteria, bearded iris, manzanita and mountain mahogany, Additionally there has been some preliminarily sucesses with the Spiny Leaf Red Berry but only minimally. The Red Berry has shown to be difficult to propagate and Coko is working with the people at Moosa Creek Nursery in order to source and propagate this particular species. This plant is of interest as it will be used in both programs. It is hoped that by the Fall of 2021 there will be a good number of these plants in stock. Coko hopes to have at least one of these plants in every garden that WEFSC has their programs in.
The Propagation hoop house is fitted with a misting system to help keep the humidity up where it needs to be for germination. It can quickly get too hot for many of the plants once germinated and they will need to be moved in to a larger hoop house or out onto growing tables. The larger hoop house has been started and should be finished by August 2020. This will be used to grow out plants through the winter as even the natives need a little help in our climate. In the late winter and early spring the plants can go out to the growing tables where they will acclimate and be ready to go into gardens that Fall.