This book is wonderful! It clearly explains different propagation methods for us newbies that are experimenting and planting on a budget. There are charts listing detailed info for tons of plants. I just cannot say enough how impressed I am with this book.
Plant Propagation A to Z is one of the best propagation books I have come across. I checked it out for free from my local college after browsing the entire plant section because it was the one with the most information. It describes techniques for cuttings, division, layering and air-layering, grafting, seed collecting, working with bulbs, and so much more. What I liked especially about this book was that for every plant described, it not only described every possible way to propagate that plant, but it also rates the difficulty of each technique (for example some plants may have to be divided or seeds collected because it is extremely difficult to take cuttings). In our household we have about 150 different plants and almost every single one was listed in this book. This book is extremely easy to read and is an excellent tool to keep in your garden shed for quick reference whenever you want to turn one plant into many for the next season. Almost all plants have a short description of the techniques suggested with many of the more popular plants described in much more detail.
On September 1st, 2009, ven12892 added the following:
EDIT: I mistakenly put that this book rated the plant difficulties but that was actually a reference to the The American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques.
The first half of the book has everything you could imagine about all kinds of plant propagation: seed growing, cuttings, working with bulbs, etc. It includes several large tables of information:
General propagation methods ( for over 1, 000 genera), Germination requirements (for about the same number of plants) and Propagation by division (also for a large number of plants). It includes advanced techniques and grafting.
The second (almost) half of the book lists over 500 popular garden ornamentals--flowers, trees, bulbs, vines--and gives a short paragraph discussion of best methods for each.
It is a compact book loaded with information.