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American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques icon by Alan Toogood

Comments: A very comprehensive volume from the AHS. Good color photos and illustrations.

The unrivaled practical guide to the successful propagation of all garden plants — from trees and shrubs to culinary herbs. Expert guidance on the propagation of more than 1,500 plants. Whether you want to increase your plants by the easiest or most reliable methods of propagation, or experiment with more unusual or advanced techniques, or use specialized techniques for a favorite plant group, AHS Plant Propagation contains all the techniques you need in easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations such as:

What is the best way to propagate a plant? Each entry in the A-Z section of AHS Plant Propagation tells you, plant by plant, which method of propagation to use, when to do it, and what degree of skill each method requires.

How can you improve germination of seeds? AHS Plant Propagation tells you which seeds need special treatment before sowing and how to provide the conditions to ensure a good rate of germination.

How long does it take to obtain a flowering plant? AHS Plant Propagation gives guidelines on the average success rate for each plant, how big a yield you can expect, and how long it should take to get a mature or flowering plant.

How do you make sure cuttings won't fail? AHS Plant Propagation tells you how to take appropriate cuttings from each type of plant and how to make sure they root successfully.

Destined to become the standard work on the subject, AHS Plant Propagation is the practical handbook gardeners have been waiting for. Author Biography: Editor-in-Chief Alan Toogood trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Key and at Brighton Parks and gardens before going on to a two-year internship at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley, UK. He worked as a horticultural journalist on Gardener's Chronicle and Amateur Gardening magazines. For several years he was editor of the monthly magazine Greenhouse. He is now a freelance horticultural journalist and consultant and features coordinator for The Garden magazine. He has written many books and contributes to horticultural journals.

 

 

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Comments: The author offers accessible, hands-on advice in this excellent guide to plant propagation. Recommended.
 
A handy and richly illustrated guide to all propagation techniques.  Plant Propagation A to Z has more than 500 photographs that illustrate both practical step-by-step propagation techniques and the plants themselves. The book introduces propagation in general and then describes the tools and methods used. There are extensive tables detailing which techniques are best suited to more than 1,000 garden plants and noting the best times for propagating.
 
The book also includes:
  • Annotated step-by-step color diagrams
  • Seed, cutting and division techniques
  • Specialized propagation methods
  • Temperature and moisture requirements
  • Germination time and strike rate
  • Guidance on specific techniques for each propagation procedure
  • Recommendations for choosing the best equipment.
 
Easy-to-use and informative, Plant Propagation A to Z is an essential reference book and how-to guide for gardeners everywhere.
 
  

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The Plant Propagator's Bible icon by Miranda Smith

Comments:  Reader-friendly explanations of plant propagation. Well illustrated. Recommended.

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.

 

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Comments: Trusted advice on practical seed starting techniques from Rodale Press.
 
Why start plants from seed?
  • Earlier harvests
  • Greater variety
  • Heathier seedlings
  • Lower costs
  • Satisfaction
 
For the most complete, up-to-date information on starting plants from seed, turn to The New Seed-Starter's Handbook. Written by a gardener with 30 years of experience, this easy-to-use reference explains everything you need to know to start seeds and raise healthy seedlings successfully. You'll find: 
  • The latest research in seed starting
  • The best growing media
  • The newest gardening materials
  • Solutions to seed-starting problems
  • Source lists for seeds and hard-to-find gardening supplies
 
An encyclopedia section lists more than 200 plants—including vegetables and fruits, garden flowers, wildflowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs—with details on how to start each from seed. 

 

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The Complete Book of Plant Propagation icon (OP) by Graham Clarke and Alan Toogood
 
Comments:  One of the best books on propagation. Available in paperback from used book dealers.
 
Raising a new generation of plants from seeds or cuttings is one of the greatest joys known to gardeners. All aspects of the subject, including specific information on equipment and techniques for seed sowing undercover, raising plants from spores, grafting, budding, even microplantation, are explained in depth in this encyclopedic collection, the only book the amateur gardener will ever need for a lifetime of successful propagation.
 
Gorgeous color photographs and numerous line drawings enhance the very detailed text, which includes information on hardy ornamental plants, wildflowers, flowering and fruiting trees, tender vegetables, and culinary herbs—annuals as well as perennials. Whether you want to grow new plants to give as gifts or simply yearn to fill your own garden with dozens of healthy specimens—for free—the practical techniques in this comprehensive reference tool will allow you to spread your garden's earthly delights. 40 Color Illustrations, 150 B&W Illustrations.