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Plant Propagation A to Z: Growing Plants for Free [Paperback]

Geoff Bryant
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Oct. 9 2006

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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Whether driven by economic incentive or the tinker's need to dabble in creation, propagating garden plants can satisfy a number of goals, yet with its implied message of a prerequisite knowledge of even the most rudimentary botany, it remains cloaked in the mystique of the unattainable. Writing for the average home gardener, who might not know an "aerial root" from a "stolon," Bryant dispels these myths with a practical and straightforward approach. In a comprehensive guide that outlines both basic and advanced techniques, materials, and tools, Bryant presents a wealth of information in a variety of formats. Easily accessible, alphabetically arranged tables show at a glance crucial information on general and specific propagation methods and germination requirements for more than 1,000 annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs, while a photographic compendium gives a concise overview of techniques best suited for the most popular garden ornamentals. From abelia to zinnia, from seed sowing to root cutting, Bryant's guide provides an essential and encyclopedic resource for the fiscally minded, or just creatively curious, gardener. Carol Haggas
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[5/5 starred review] You haven't really gardened until you've started a new plant from seed, root or cutting. This book shows you how, in straightforward language with detailed charts and how-to's. The best is at the end, where a big chapter lists more than 500 types of plants ... each with a photo and paragraph on propagation method. (Mary Fran McQuade Beach Metro Community News 2006-11-28)

This is a "how-to" book with information usually found only in technical writings. It is clearly written and be extremely useful. (Dan Niffenegger Lexington Herald-Leader 2006-11-11)

Will take you to the next horticultural level... will introduce you to plants that you likely never heard of. (Cindy MdNatt Santa Ana Orange County Register 2003-11-01)

A handy guide to all propagation techniques... written in an accessible style... a practical step-by-step reference on the art of reproducing garden plants and should be a welcome addition to any gardening collection. (Rachael Green American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 2004-01-00)

A good book for gardeners. (Margaret Henderson E-Streams 2003-08-00)

Step-by-step guide to advanced propagation techniques such as layering, grafting, budding and tissue culture. (Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer 2003-04-24)

Excellent introduction ... well-illustrated work ... Should inspire many a gardener to look at plant propagation as a means to keep gardening costs down, and to obtain plants in a garden that would normally not be available through some commercial outlets. (Edward J. Valauskas Chicago Botanical Gardens 2003-05-11)

Excellent introduction to propagation. (Library Journal 2003-05-01)

Comprehensive ... Bryant's guide provides an essential and encyclopedic resource for the fiscally minded, or just creatively curious, gardener. (Carol Haggas Booklist 2003-03-01)

A real "how-to" book... the work of a lifetime... accessible to anyone who's interested in trying. (Stuart Robertson Montreal Gazette 2003-12-13)

Takes the mystery out of plant propagation... clear and easy... a treasure for both those who want to learn to propagate and those who need to brush up. (The Oregonian 2003-12-11)

Clearly outlines all aspects of plant propagation, from selecting the right tools to identifying which plants reproduce by seed, division, and cutting. (Science News 2003-09-20)

Straightforward language with detailed charts and how-to's make it easy to use. Best of all is the big chapter listing more than 500 plants, each with a photo and paragraph on propagation methods. (Mary Fran McQuade Vaughan Today 2008-12-12)

For quick reference, there is a very handy table of the plants from A to Z by Latin name, showing the preferred method and the hardiness zone. (Connie Krochmal BellaOnline 2007-06-30)

You had me at the title, Geoff. Find all kinds of great tips for starting plants from seeds and cuttings, by division and less common techniques, like grafting. Extensive tables provide information about individual plants, including the best ways to start them and tips for success, like which seeds should be soaked or nicked first. Plant Propagation A to Z is a great reference for anyone who prefers getting their plants for free. (Penny Carnathan and Kim Franke-Folstad Tampa Tribune 2011-05-15)

Whether you enjoy growing plants from seed or are in the habit of sharing garden plants among friends, this book is a clear and easy guide. (Helen Chesnut Victoria Times-Colonist 2012-02-11)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Propagation A to Z Dec 22 2010
Great resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about plant propagation. Good written explanations accompanied by step-by-step illustrations and pictures.
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Every gardener should have this if you want to propagate plants. You can save an immense amount of money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Propagation A to Z March 10 2007
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I love this book. Beautiful color photos of propagation. We use this in our class for Master Gardeners for reference. I like the way it has seperate lists for cuttings and division and seed germination. This makes it for fast look up. I bought one for home use too. The reference part tells season to do propagation,strike time or germination time and temp. All around good reference guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE only book you'll need on propagation March 20 2007
By Kerry - Published on Amazon.com
Filled with lots of photos and charts. Very thorough listings broken down by propagation category (seed, cutting, division etc) and genus listing best time, requirements, time required etc. I've been a plantaholic for about 25 years and was amazed at how much the book had to offer. With all of the photos, charts and descriptions it should be detailed enough for the beginner too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basics of Plant Propagation June 22 2009
By Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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I previewed 5 books on plant propagation from our local library prior to purchasing "Plant Propagation A to Z". This book may not be the best for those very knowledgeable in plant propagation but it is a great resource book for anyone with less than expert knowledge. It does cover most of the ways that a person can propagate plants and contains the information you need to start or divide plants. My personal interest is in starting seeds in a small greenhouse. I purchased it only a few weeks ago and have already used it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant propagation A to Z Oct. 17 2007
By Gardenut - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for beginners as well as the seasoned gardener. Very easy to understand language and a lot of pictures. Anyone who has ever considered propagating their own plants either from seed to grafting should really consider buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Propagation Book Nov. 25 2008
By R.Remling - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderful that he now has a book for the US market with numerous easy-to-read tables, lots of data, and plant specific sections (alphabetized). His older book is good, too, but more for New Zealand.
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