Hamlyn, distributed by Bookwise International
your own plants from seeds, cuttings or divisions is an integral
part of gardening. It can save you an extraordinary amount of money
each year, plus there's the satisfaction of being able to pass on
extra plants to friends and family.
takes a no-nonsense approach to tools, techniques and timing,
with step-by-step illustrations for beginners. The importance of
choosing the right seed-raising mixes and compost blends is discussed
in depth, as are hormone rooting preparations, hygiene considerations,
watering and fertilising requirements.
also explains why some plants, such as variegated hybrids and
sports, need to be grown from cuttings, whereas others can be raised
If you're a seasonal
propagator, this book has lots of expert advice on grafting and
layering, two of the more complex ways to breed plants.
All the major plant groups
are covered, from annuals and perennials to bulbs, shrubs and trees.
It also includes a useful directory of 100 easily propagated subjects,
albeit written for English conditions.
will pay for itself time and again, because not only does it
tell you what to do, it helps diagnose and prevent problems along
the way. The most useful chapter in the book deals with troubleshooting
- and how to save your young plants when things go wrong because
of attacks by pests, diseases and viruses.
Gardener, Issue 108, October 17-30, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH