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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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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.