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Editorial Reviews

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"…this guide is a pleasure to read and a dependable source of suggestions for those who want to discover the satisfactions of real do- it- yourself programs." - Publishers Weekly

 

" Vermont nurseryman, Lewis Hill can keep you glued to your seat engrossed in a subject your not even sure you need to know- a talent much in evidence…" - The New York Times

 

" This book is well designed, full of good graphics and written in a personable style that makes for a pleasant reading…"- Sacramento Bee

 

" …the book is free of the mumbo jumbo that sometimes accompanies these subjects." - Hartford Courant

 

" Simply written, easy- to- follow, how- to-do- it books are worth their weight in rubies. Lewis Hill's Secrets of Plant Propagation is one of these books. - Hartford Cournat

 

" I find the information very clear. Numerous illustrations make the directions easy to follow."

- New York Post

 

" Detailed recommendations are listed for propagating…leaving the reader uncertain whether to finish the book to dash off, pruner's in hand to attempt the techniques so well described." - New York Times

 

" Hill has plenty of information to share with the hobbyist or budding nursery owner." - Booklist

 

“Loaded with information and expertise, this masterful work is recommended for the serious gardener.” – Spa Management

 

From the Back Cover

Plant Propagation?

That's starting your own flowers and vegetables, inside and out. It's raising shrubs and trees for your property, creating your own orchard -- even growing many houseplants from one.

Here are just a few of the results you can expect:

* Raise the best tomato plants.

* Grow your own Christmas trees.

* Offer the finest of gifts -- houseplants.

* Avoid buying expensive shrubs; start your own.

* Plant those hard-to-find flowers, perennials and annuals, at little or no cost.

But is it expensive? Definitely not. You don't need a greenhouse or costly equipment. You can do a lot with a couple of fluorescent bulbs. Seeds are cheap, some are free. As for shrubs, trees, and houseplants, Lewis Hill explains how to collect, rather than buy, the materials you'll need.

It's fun, can be profitable, and, with the help of Lewis Hill plus the many illustrations in this book, is easy. Beginners will learn from step one; those more advanced will discover new techniques and find tips to improve their results.

Try plant propagation. You'll be amazed at your results.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 2, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882663704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Husband-and-wife author team Lewis and Nancy Hill currently live in Greensboro, Vermont where they own and operate a small fruit farm called Berryhill. Previously, Lewis first started a small plant nursery in the late 1940's where he grew daylilies, hardy plants, fruits, antique apples, greenhouse plants, and Christmas trees. His nurseries were called Vermont Daylilies and Hillcrest Nursery.

Lewis also helped form the Vermont Plantsmen's Association--later serving as president -- and was leader of a 4-H club for thirty years, sharing his knowledge with over 200 children. He is a member of the National Christmas Tree Association and the New Hampshire and Vermont Christmas Tree Associations. Lewis has written the Storey books titled Christmas Trees, Cold-Climate Gardening, Secrets of Plant Propagation, Pruning Made Easy, Pruning Simplified, and Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden.

The most recent title from the author team is The Lawn & Garden Owner's Manual, a landscape and maintenance guide for keeping beautiful grounds year round. Together they have also written Daylilies, Bulbs, and Successful Perennial Gardening."

Customer Reviews

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Very easy to read and understand.
Kenneth A. Terrill
Additionally, the book tells which types of propagation work best for specific genera of plants.
Zachary M. Dufran
Definitely a must for beginners and great review for those more experienced.
Mary Snodgrass

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Alvarado on July 13, 2006
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My mum turned me on to plants when I was quite young, and I had tried to read some of the horticulture books that she had in her library (boring!). I bought this book for myself, because I wanted to learn more about propagation, so at first, I did not think this book would be much help since I prefer hard covers to paperback (personal choice), but even before I finished reading it, I was putting some of what I had read to use, and have on numerous occasions been asked questions that I could answer thanks to this books information. This book is full of useful hints on how-to that you can put to use almost immediately, and it is not a dull read.

I have recently had a co-worker and a close friend of mine ask me about grafting, and I have referred them to this book. My friend liked the material on grafting that I spoke with him about so much that he wants to borrow my book for more information on the subject, and I have since put another copy of this book on my wish list to give it to him as a gift for his library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zachary M. Dufran on December 8, 2008
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This book treats propagation in a very thorough manner, telling how all types of propagation are carried out, as well as some tips on easier or best practices. The illustrations are very clear and helpful. Additionally, the book tells which types of propagation work best for specific genera of plants.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
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I really like this book. I love to grow plants from seeds and this book helps me understand how that works and how I can grow even more things from seeds. As well as grafting and other techniques I've never tried. It is a bit technical, but I am only a home gardener so it's pretty easy to work out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Snodgrass on December 30, 2009
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This text gives explicit, concise and thorough explanation on how to propagate about anything. Definitely a must for beginners and great review for those more experienced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PChou on November 27, 2013
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A great reference for those who enjoy gardening. The book has good illustrations for many propagation methods. The book, however, does not cover special plants such as orchids or some modern propagation methods such as tissue culturing, flasking, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amberly Kaye Johannespurvis on April 14, 2010
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I bought this for my husband and he likes it. It isnt as detailed as he would like, but he is happy with it. He has used is many times. It is a good book to have in your collection, if you are into plant propagation.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By N.Fred on August 15, 2007
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I was pretty disappointed with this book. There`s a lot of methods described to make more plants, but I don`t feel any of them is described in a lot of depth. Furthermore, the author uses a LOT of chemicals when growing and propagating plants, which is something I feel opposed to as a organic grower. I really can`t see why this book was elected one of the 75 best books by The American Horticultural Society?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Kidwell on March 25, 2014
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I am a Sustainable Agriculture student and this was actually used as our text book for class. Very thorough, full of good information. Definitely recommend it!
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