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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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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)
[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)
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)
A good book for gardeners. (Margaret Henderson E-Streams)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)