Complete Book of
including Jim Arbury, Richard Bird, Mike Honour, Clive Innes, Mike
Published by Mitchell Beazley
WHETHER you're green-fingered
or a hit-and-miss merchant, you're bound to get something out of
this book. Regardless of plant material, the book points out that
the foundation for successful propagation is simply good hygiene
and the right conditions for rooting and growth. Where one method
fails, another will succeed.
Thirteen British experts
have contributed. The book's success is borne out by the fact this
is the third imprint in seven years and its "propagation-for-dummies"
approach seems the drawcard. Chapters explain why and when you should
propagate herbaceous perennials, ferns, shrubs, trees and climbers
and so on - then discuss suitable techniques.
Another strength is the
clear illustrations and their practical, concise captions. There's
a succinct explanation on hybridising, directories on what to propagate
season by season and on pests and diseases.
A useful primer on propagation
that fills a gap in the gardener's library.
Gardener, Issue 145, 2004, Page 28
(reproduced in Horticulture
in New Zealand:
Journal of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture 2005, 8(1): 22)
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH