With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, veteran horticulture teacher Miranda Smith provides a complete reference showing every step for cultivating new plants—whether from seed or cuttings or with techniques such as layering, grafting, and budding.
Propagating new plants from existing ones is not only sustainable but also rewarding for gardeners of all skill levels. The Plant Propagator’s Bible offers a solid and complete, go-to reference for expert gardeners but is also a perfect primer for the novice plant lover and horticulturalist.
Smith teaches readers, with the support of hundreds of 4-color photos and detailed illustrations, the natural process and conditions in which plants grow and reproduce, and shows gardeners how to use these systems to propagate any plant that grows in their garden or greenhouse—or even on their windowsill. The book features:
- An A to Z directory of more than 1,000 individual plant species—with appropriate propagation techniques for aquatics, ornamental plants, houseplants, shrubs, trees, vegetables, and wildflowers
- “What Can Go Wrong” advice for each type of plant, explaining potential problems and how to prevent or fix them
- Detailed, step-by-step illustrations and annotated photographs
About the Author
Miranda Smith is a longtime teacher of organic and sustainable methods of growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits. She’s had the luxury of gardening in most climatic zones in North America, allowing her to convey principles that work for each region. Smith is author or co-author of many books about horticulture, including Your Backyard Herb Garden and Rodale’s Pest and Disease Problem Solver.