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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Oct. 9 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554071704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071708
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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)

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)

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)

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)

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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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HASH(0xa20bac54) 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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HASH(0xa0fd299c) out of 5 stars THE only book you'll need on propagation March 20 2007
By Kerry - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19179c0) 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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HASH(0xa1b42ec4) out of 5 stars Plant propagation A to Z Oct. 17 2007
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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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HASH(0xa1ee29c0) out of 5 stars Not enough seed-starting information! March 12 2010
By Guerilla Gardener - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book is generally good for the new or basic gardener looking to propagate plants by division, cuttings, seed, grafts, and bulbs, it does not have the depth needed for the extremely passionate or seasoned gardener. Also--considering it claims to cover "Plant Propagation A to Z--it has virtually NOTHING in the book for the VEGETABLE GARDENER even though seed saving and growing of food plants is such a time-honored practice. Unfortunately, the way the book is organized adversely affects how effectively it can be used, too. While it starts with good solid separate chapters on different propagation techniques, it is compromised by throwing its informational charts all over the place. For example, the reader can't just take a dahlia and see what s/he can do to propagate it. S/he'd have find it first in the basic chart, p.31; then in the seed chart, p.64; next in the division chart, p.86; then in the cuttings chart, p.104; and lastly in a "Techniques for Some Popular Garden Ornamentals" section near the end on p.148 to read a short roundup with a small picture. But where the book fatally falls apart is in its seed section, especially since so many flowers that gardeners propagate are started using this method. The seed chart only gives the reader very short pieces of information in one line of 4 categories: pre-sowing requirements, temperature, amount of soil coverage, and average length of germination time. There is no room for more specific instructions, such as if you need to vary light exposure during germination; scarify seeds in unusual ways, stratify seeds at particular cold levels, etc. For example, I lost my whole tray of ornamental millet seedlings last year because I left my seed kit's humidity dome on too long...only to find out from the vendor that its young plants can't tolerate humidity. This book had no room in its charts to tell me that, or anything on ornamental millet at all since the popular Pennisetums (fountain grasses) weren't even selected for inclusion in this book! ("Plant Propagation A to Z" also doesn't distinguish between different cultivars of the same plant like the zillions of kinds of zinnias, either, but gives one generic instruction for all of them, even though some have different requirements.) For a propagation book like this to be valuable for me, it would have to triple its seed chart information as well as add a big section on vegetable seeds--or not pretend that it covers most of the flowers grown from seed as well as the whole broad spectrum of cultivated plants. After getting this book, I deeply regretted not spending the extra money right at the start for one of the more lengthy and expensive plant propagation books...because I still have to buy one of them now to get the information I was looking for in the first place!