The Plant Propagator's Bible

The Plant Propagator's Bible

[a Step-by-step Guide to Propagating Every Plant in your Garden]

Book - 2007
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The Plant Propagator's Bible Discover the easy way to propagate any plant that grows in your garden. This comprehensive guide describes techniques for creating a wide range of new plants from seed, from cuttings, by division, by layering, and by grafting. It explains the natural processes and conditions that stimulate plants to grow and reproduce and shows gardeners how to multiply plants successfully. Each method is demonstrated for different types of plants using step-by-step illustrations and photographs, with advice on creating the perfect growing conditions for your new plants, Includes information on the best tools and equipment to use as well as troubleshooting strategies in "What Can Go Wrong" features, An A to Z directory of species provides appropriate techniques for propagating aquatics, ornamental plants, houseplants, shrubs, trees, vegetables, and wildflowers.
Publisher: Emmaus, PA :, Rodale,, [2007]
Description: 192 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781594864483
Branch Call Number: 631.53 Smi


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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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