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Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation Paperback – March 1, 2012
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Filling these pages are close-up photos of plants at every stage of life and in every variety--pinecones, dried seed pods, root and stem cuttings, ripe fruits, and lush flowers show off their unique shapes and colors everywhere you look. Specific techniques are outlined with both photos and text; from the spore prints of ferns to the nicking of hard-shelled seeds, you'll learn exactly how to tackle every aspect of creating new plants. Careful attention is paid in the text to the timing of taking different types of cuttings from different plants, and these practical details will hopefully help curb any urgent desire to play Johnny Appleseed with your favorite wildflowers until the season is exactly right. Special projects like hardwood cutting and involving children in plant propagation have small sections devoted to them; the African violet project for youngsters is a fascinating introduction, and only slightly more involved than that old carrot-top-in-a-dish-of-water project. For serious gardeners who enjoy plants for more than their pretty flowers and attractive shapes, this combination of science and beauty will supply both inspiration and information. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Based on years of personal research, Making More Plants is a practical manual as well as a beautiful garden book, presenting procedures Ken Druse has tested and adapted, as well as photographed step by step. In clear, nspirational language Ken takes the mystery out of seemingly complex practices such as seed conditioning, bulb division, leaf and stem cutting, grafting, and more. Whether focusing on techniques as easy as creating multiple plants from a single perennial using a common kitchen knife or on more complicated practices such as air layering, Ken's advice will inspire both novice and experienced gardeners to turn their homes and gardens into personal nurseries.
Supplementing the text and photographs is a comprehensive appendix charting methods for propagating more than 700 different plants, listed by both common and Latin names, an invaluable resource unmatched by even the most thorough of propagation manuals.
Straightforward advice, gorgeous photographs, and Ken's own engaging voice all combine to make Making More Plants an indispensable guide for every passionate gardener and plant lover. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Book contains 22 pages on botany, 10 pages on how to hybridize, 14 pages on seed collecting, 14 pages on seed conditioning, 24 pages on sowing, 14 pages on vegetative reproduction, 44 pages on cuttings, 12 pages on layering, 12 pages on grafting, 16 pages on division, 24 pages on bulbs and roots, 3 pages on tissue culture, 16 pages of plant specific notes, 4 page cross-name reference, 4 pages of plant suppliers, 4 page glossary, and 5 page index.
Each section contains dozens of photographs displaying the "how to" approach described in the text. Excellent information and easy to follow instructions. Every page contains a tip or trick about plant propagation.
My favorite section is the 16 pages of plant specific propagation notes and comments. Hundreds of plants are listed. It's like reading Mother Nature's secret diary! Everything you every wanted to know about how to make more plants (but growers never would tell you) is contained in this section. All alone, these propagation notes are worth the price of the book.
If you want to get your hands dirty, this is a great "how to" guide for plant propagation. You'll recover the cost of this book over your next garden season.
However, there is one thing that no one has mentioned: the type is tiny! Even with my reading glasses -- which I hardly ever have to wear -- I still end up squinting. I think that the stylist for the book made a decision that while elegant is hardly in the best interest of the reader. Given that Mr. Druse is a magazine editor, it is not surprising that the pages are in multiple column layout, but it is suprising with the small type how dense it all seems.
This is an excellent reference guide and the copious appendixes are probably the best I have seen in any reference material.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An in depth guid to propagating plants, Mr. Druse not only shows techniques, but also the science of why these techniques work the way they do. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leo
I can only offer second hand observations about this book. I saw it mentioned in an article in the "Washington Post" (owned by Jeff Bezos head cheese of Amazon) and it was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M S USKIEVICH
This is THE book of plant propagation for the home gardener. Although I've planted many seeds and divided many plants, I've not done many leaf or stem cuttings. Read morePublished 11 months ago by composer
This book was recommended to me by a gardener in a commercial nursery. He lost a lot of my business by doing so; this book has allowed me to propagate more of my own plants and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by CMG
This is everything you ever wanted to know about starting plants. It is easy to understand and the author takes you through step by step. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer