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Plant Propagator's Bible: A Step-by-Step Guide to Propagating Every Plant in Your Garden [Paperback]

Miranda Smith
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March 6 2007
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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One of gardening's most satisfying benefits is the opportunity to create new plants from old. Many gardeners are attracted to the economics of inexpensively increasing their existing garden stock, while others relish the chance to develop brand-new hybrids. But plant propagation can intimidate even the most accomplished gardener. An experienced horticulture instructor and prolific gardening-book author, Smith demystifies propagation by providing an exceptionally well-organized and comprehensible guide to various processes, from the simple sowing of seeds to the more intricate grafting of rootstock. Color photographs and well-defined line drawings clarify step-by-step procedures, an A-Z directory of more than 1,000 plant species outlines corresponding propagation methods, and an extensive section devoted to tools and techniques furnishes helpful checklists and troubleshooting advice. Smith covers all the bases in this rudimentary and practical guide. Carol Haggas
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About the Author

MIRANDA SMITH has been teaching horticulture for more than 30 years. Author or coauthor of 13 gardening books, including The Gardeners' Problem Solver and Your Backyard Herb Garden, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Propagtion Manual Oct. 30 2009
I find this book invaluable. I use this text in workshops I teach on therapeutic horticulture methods. It has every style of propagation and advice on what plants will be reproduced that way. It is well laid out and easy to use as a reference. Add this book to your collection if you are an amateur enthusiast or an expert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Plant Propagator's Bible June 30 2009
This book is full of very detailed pictures, very clear instructions for every type of propagation. Am looking forward to trying them all. A welcome addition to my gardening library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Paleo March 8 2014
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This book is NOT paleo. Corn Tacos, Rice and other grains have no place in Paleo eating. Don't fall for this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and concise June 15 2009
By Brett Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the best reference books you can own. It's not one of those books that requires reading 20 pages and taking notes to learn how to propagate a plant. It's laid out very simply.

There is a section about the basics of propagation and soil written very simply and to the point. No extra words.

There are all of the different propagation techniques with each one only having two pages. On the pages it lays, in pictures with captions, the technique very simply. Then in a box off to the bottom it tells you the potential problems you may experience and their causes. There is another box that lists all of the plants that can be propagated by the technique. Lastly there is a little 1-2 paragraph written section telling more information about the technique should you want to learn a little more.

There is a section classifying each plant by botanical (latin) name that tells the easiest method of propagating that plant along with alternate techniques and potential problems. All of this information is presented in less than 100 words and guides you to the pages containing the propagation technique towards the beginning of the book.

The most concise and simple reference book I have ever seen. I read a lot and have many reference books on different subjects. This is by far the best, even better than the for dummies books. You can go straight to the plant you want and in two pages know when and how to propagate a plant and what can go wrong.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be happier! Sept. 5 2007
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
As usual, I am always thrilled when I see that AMAZON box waiting for me when I come home, but this is a book that I just could not put down. I am fairly new to gardening (I guess that makes me "green".) I have so many questions about how to help my ever-growing garden along. This book takes you step by step through every kind of plant propagating. The photos carry you through but with the clear and simple instructions your hardly need them. The format is great, the instructions are helpful, the added glossary and plant directory are outstanding. A "must have" for any new gardener as well as those who have been around for a season or two. Thanx again.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is a Plant Propagators Bible April 3 2008
By B. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
I checked this book out at our library several times before I decided I needed to own it. It's the kind of book I want to have on my bookshelf to use and refer to as needed. It is chock full of great information about various aspects of propagating and goes beyond information usually found in such a book. I was particularly interested in the section on Hybridizing and plan to try the technique this summer. It has a great section on starting seeds also, and although I've been starting seeds indoors under lights for over 15 years now, I still found the information helpful and informative.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers everything the home gardener will ever need April 12 2009
By Mary K. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a Master Gardener student in southern Wisconsin. I had purchased this book because I was going to be attending a day-long, hands-on seminar on plant propagation at the University of Wisconsin Horticulture center in Madison, WI. When I opened my text book (a huge volume put together by our instructor) and studied that - and then opened this book I was thrilled to find that absolutely everything I would need to know for the seminar and for my studies was also available in this book. As a student of horticulture, I can say with absolute certainty if you are looking for a source book to give you all you'll need to know to propagate plants at home, this is it. A GREAT value for the price.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally...A Practical Propagation Guide with Lots of Illustrations & "How-To's" May 27 2008
By Kevin M. Shanahan - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. I have investigated dozens of books on the subject of Propagation and have found this one to be the most useful & informative (without going overboard & into the chemistry lab). Filled with lots of illustrations & practical examples, it covers all aspects of propagation.

Easy to use, you'll be amazed at the results you see within a few days to a few weeks...Highly recommended for the beginners as well as experienced horticulturists...Great price.
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