The Plant Propagator's Bible

The Plant Propagator's Bible

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Demonstrates numerous ways to cultivate new plants, from working with seeds and cuttings to using layering, grafting, and budding techniques, in a reference that provides an A-to-Z directory of more than one thousand plant species and a wealth of troubleshooting tips. Original.

McMillan Palgrave

With her reader-friendly, easy-to-follow directions, a veteran horticulture teacher demonstrates all the ways to cultivate new plants—whether from seed or cuttings or with techniques such as layering, grafting, and budding

Creating new plants from existing ones is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. But to many, the idea of propagating plants seems like a feat that only the most experienced gardeners can master. The Plant Propagator's Bible strips away the mystique and makes multiplying plants easy even for the novice.

Drawing on her many years as a horticulture teacher, Miranda Smith explains the natural process and conditions in which plants grow and reproduce, and shows gardeners how to use these systems to propagate any plant that grows in their garden or greenhouse—or even on their windowsill. The book features:

• an A to Z directory of more than 1,000 individual plant species—with appropriate propagation techniques for aquatics, ornamental plants, houseplants, shrubs, trees, vegetables, and wildflowers

• "What Can Go Wrong" advice for each type of plant, explaining potential problems and how to prevent or fix them

• detailed, step-by-step illustrations and annotated photographs

Including information on essential tools and equipment, this is an indispensable addition to every gardener's bookshelf.

Publisher: Emmaus, PA : Rodale, c2007
ISBN: 9781594864483
Branch Call Number: 635.043 Sm62p
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 25 cm


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Mar 05, 2017

I'm usually a fan of Rodale Press's publications having been a subscriber of their Organic Magazines in the early 80's but this book is kind of disappointing. Over all its an excellent book on beginner's technique but when it comes to grafting it needs a better editing. On page 118 about apical grafting and saddle grafting it the grafting illustration have gotten it all mixed up. On illustration 4-5 it had the stock and scion cut mixed up from the previous pic it started out as a saddle graft and at pic#5 it turns into a apical or cleft graft as a finish illustration. The words didn't match the illust. As a beginner, you'll never get it! Also on page 118 the sample photo of the cleft graft/apical the cambium layer didn't even touch and it supposed to illustrate that to the reader. I am guessing neither the author nor the editor have any knowledge of grafting. As you read on the bud grafting on roses on page 128/130's photo looked less then impressive. Because the cut of bud wood looks pretty shredded up. You need an even clean cut on those to make a honest match from stock to bud. I hope its not my OCD talking or being too much of a perfectionist on my grafting. Its just a little puzzling why they can't find better material to print. I've enough failure on my own little adventure on grafting will not wish that to discourage anyone. Again this is a good book on seed starting and other propagation technique but not for grafting.

green_thumb Jun 25, 2012

Great book for beginners at plant propagation. Easy to follow. Helpful pictures.

Apr 16, 2011

excellent material also at GP


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