Plant Propagator's Bible

ISBN-10: 1594864489
ISBN-13: 9781594864483
Edition: 2007
List price: $22.99
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rodale Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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.

The late Miranda Smith was an expert grower, who gardened and taught gardening for over 30 years. She was the author of five top-selling garden books, including Your Backyard Herb Garden, Backyard Fruits and Berries, and Greenhouse Gardening. She edited and was the primary writer of The Real Dirt, Farmers Tell about Organic and Low Input Practices in the Northeast.

Introduction
How to Use This Book
Tools and Techniques
The Propagator's Tool Kit
Hand tools
Equipment and supplies
Soil mixes
Propagation equipment
Starting From Seed
Seed characteristics
Flowers and seeds
Starting seeds
Leaching
Soaking
Scarification
Stratification
Light
Dark
Relative humidity
Temperatures
Carbon dioxide (CO[subscript 2]) levels
Life cycles and growth / characteristics
Saving seeds
Pollination
Harvesting and cleaning
Storing saved seeds
Treating seeds to prevent disease
Working with hybrids
Dividing Established Plants
Good digging
Dividing plants with fibrous root systems
Dividing plants with fleshy or woody crowns
Dividing suckers
Dividing plants with rhizomes
Dividing plants with tubers
Dividing plants with offsets
Dividing plants with bulbs and corms
Scoring, sectioning, scooping, and coring bulbs
Scaling lily bulbs
Cuttings
Types of cuttings
Greenwood cuttings
Softwood cuttings
Semiripe cuttings
Hardwood cuttings
Conifer cuttings
Cane cuttings
Leaf petiole cuttings
Leaf vein cuttings
Upright leaf cuttings
Monocot leaf cuttings
Root cuttings
Layering
Tip layering
Simple and serpentine layering
Air layering
Stooling or mound layering
French layering
Dropping
Grafting
Grafting with rootstocks
Whip-and-tongue grafting
Apical-wedge grafting and saddle grafting
Side-wedge grafting
Approach grafting
Four-flap grafting
Side-veneer grafting
T-budding
Chip budding
Grafting a cactus
Plant Directory
Glossary
Hardiness Zones
Plant List
Index
Credits

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