May 23, 2017

PROPAGATION - How to raise new plants by David Squire

by Toni Leland

Let me start by saying I love this book!
Being an avid gardener, I have always muddled my way through trying to root plants, or dividing perennials, not always with success.

Propagation is one of those books that will stay on a gardener’s reference shelf for a very long time. While most people know that plants can be multiplied, many don’t know just how easy it can be. Author David Squire does an amazing job of leading the beginner through the steps needed to increase the numbers of plants in one’s gardens.

The book is charmingly illustrated with colorful line drawings, rather than photographs, and this emphasizes the steps described, making it easier to understand the instructions. Even the table of contents is well-defined with colorful boxes for each section.

The author opens the book with notes about measurements, seasons, plant names, and the philosophy of raising plants. Equipment and materials are listed and then the detailed instructions begin: sowing vegetables; sowing seeds in a greenhouse; root, leaf-bud, stem, leaf, and cane cuttings; cacti and succulents; dividing and layering; bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes; layering shrubs and vines; layering houseplants; air-layering a rubber plant; runners and plantlets; and, budding and grafting. The book finishes with a full A-Z section of specific plants and how to propagate them.

Well-written, easy to understand, and nicely designed, this book is a must for anyone wishing to increase their plant inventory. Including me!

I received this book from the publisher for an honest review, and I highly recommend it. 

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