Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free (Revised Edition) — By Alan Toogood, Revised by Julian Shaw

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Are you interested in growing your own plants but not sure if you have the patience or time to start from seed? Well, Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free is the one book you will need to teach you how to propagate virtually every type of plant — more than 1,500 different ones!

And, if you are a thrifty gardener who wants more plants, then this book is the perfect one for you to learn how to grow more for free. From fruit trees and ornamental shrubs to exotic orchids and succulents, you can get all the information you'll need to propagate plants at your fingertips. This book helps you successfully reach your goals while steering you clear of common mistakes.

Propagating Plants is a very easy-to-follow gardening manual that will give you the experts' secrets for perfecting plant propagation. A horticulturist's delight, this new edition features more than 1,800 detailed illustrations and photos that show both practical step-by-step gardening techniques and the plants themselves.

How long do your seedlings need to germinate? What makes a healthy stem cutting? How do you know what type of rootstock to use when grafting plants? Find out the answer to these questions and more in the most comprehensive guide to propagating plants ever published.

From palms and roses to culinary herbs and conifers, each chapter contains popular and botanically interesting plant groups. Explore the modes of propagation that are unique to the featured plants. Learn about their characteristic ways of reproduction and how these are exploited in various techniques.

The propagation techniques are fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs and explanatory artwork. Each plants' special needs also are discussed, with expert tips on how to achieve success growing them.

Propagating Plants is crammed with hundreds of step-by-step tutorials and clear advice, ranging from straightforward and simple to deeper dives. The rating system in the plant-by-plant, A-Z dictionaries provides you with a quick reference to the relative ease or difficulty of each method of propagation.

Use this comprehensive gardening guide to:

Find out how to propagate more than 1,500 plants

Find A-Z dictionaries of different genera of plants, like perennials, vegetables, or bulbous plants

Follow the visual step-by-step guides and authoritative advice on cutting, layering, sowing, grafting, and more.


Format: New, hardcover

Published: May 7, 2019

Publisher: DK

ISBN: 9781465480125

Pages: 320

Dimensions: 10.3 inches L x  7.8 inches W x 1.1 inche D

Shipping Weight: 3 pounds

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Toogood is an experienced horticulturalist. Having trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, he went on to study at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley, Surrey, England. He works as a freelance writer and journalist, writing for such magazines as Gardener's Chronicle, Amateur Gardening, Royal Horticultural Society's own magazine The Garden, and Greenhouse, of which he was the Editor for many years.

With a wealth of expertise behind them, other contributors to this book include:

Herb expert Jekka McVicar, vice-president of the Royal Horticultural Society Council and president of the Herb Society. She is known for her organic herb garden in Gloucestershire, England.

Renowned orchid expert Wilma Rittershausen

John Mattock, whose family boasts a 175-year history
of rose growing

Recently retired executive vice president of the Royal Horticultural Society, Jim Gardiner.

The 2019 edition of the book will be revised by Julian Shaw, who worked on DK's previous gardening title RHS A-Z of Garden Plants.