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. This is not a highly detailed book but an excellent reference to always have around.
This reference has everything I can imagine wanting to know about all types of plant propagation. It is organized according to types of plants: trees, shrubs and climbers, perennials, etc. and discusses all types of propagation for each. Within those sections, each has an A to Z list of popular plants with specific guidelines needed. All of this is beautifully illustrated with 'trademark' Dorling Kindersly color photos on white background. If you like to see exactly what you'll be doing, this book will satisfy you.
I love this book! My librarian jokingly threatened to restrict the times I was allowed to check it out so that other patrons could get it too. So I went out and bought my own at half.com. I especially like the cuttings section and have grown my own eunomous hedge from cuttings of one bush last summer. It is a great reference when you find the planting info on the seed packets lacking. Would love to have a few more details about each plant, they only give specific propagation information. Overall, a necessary reference book for cheapies like me who like to grow as many plants for the lowest price I can.
I have this book at my finger tips ready to look up anything and everything about propagating plants.
I especially like the cuttings sections and how the different types are explained, such as green wood, semi ripe and hardwood etc.
I have limited experience with some types of plants and especially the different shrubs.
I use this guide as a help to save myself money by making two or three more "Free" plants from everyone I buy or have in my garden.
Lots of fun when the growing season is petering out and you are looking for something to do in the late summer and fall.