Author(s): Royal Horticultural Society
Propagating your own plants is one of the greatest joys of gardening, and instead of being intimated, gardeners should relish this chance to create new life. In this book the best Royal Horticultural Society experts show the right way to perform around 20 of the most popular techniques, and look at the simplest routes for success. In step by step sequences they'll show how to propagate climbers like clematis, collect tree seed from Japanese maples and sow it successfully, break the dormancy of sweet peas, and trouble shoot any propagation problems you encounter. The propagation directory explains which of the techniques to use for around 1000 of the most popular plants today, so you can populate your garden with expert advice for next to nothing.
A hard-working series with a strong identity, visible authority, on mainstream gardening subjects. Jargon-free delivery clarifying the mystique and perceived difficulty of some gardening practices. A 'Back to basics' box will debunk the old, difficult methods that are no longer practiced (such as double digging, some forms of rose pruning, folding over onion crops, painting pruning wounds, using tar oil winter wash, hormone rooting powder, copper sulphate on crops etc etc etc.
The Royal Horticultural Society is at the forefront of a gardening revolution in which received wisdom is questioned and updated. Put together by an army of RHS experts, this book is the result of more than 100 years of practical experience in gardens across the world. With this book, gardening practice is in safe hands.
6-9 Introduction: why propagate your plants 10-35 Rules and Tools: materials, environments, tools, compost, hygiene, problems. 36-95 Cuttings: Stem, leaf, root, modified stem cuttings. 96-101 Division: fleshy crowns, fibrous crowns, offsets, runners. 102-113 Layering: simple layering, air layering, tip layering 114-133 Seeds: collecting, dormancy, sowing, caring, problems 134-145 Grafting: whip and tongue, apical wedge, side wedge, chip budding, shield budding. 146-187 Propagation Directory: how, when, where for 1000 common plants. 188 Glossary Index of propagation techniques Acknowledgements