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Reviews of Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation

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Author (1): Ken Druse

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: November 2000
Published by: Clarkson Potter
List price: $50.00
ISBN Number: 051770787X



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19 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives


Neutral Lauribob On Apr 12, 2010, Lauribob wrote:

I am actually not rating this book because I don't have it. It has, however, been on my wish list for a couple years. I was going to buy it awhile back, but was hoping the $30 price would come down. Can anyone tell me why this book is so expensive?? I am seeing them now for $75 and up. What's up?

Positive clpgirl On Feb 8, 2010, clpgirl wrote:

I am thrilled with this book. As a returnee, after 20+ years to plant propagation, I found it a wonderful read. In fact, I read it straight through! Photography is incredible, directions VERY clear, and by the ended I understood a number of horticultural concepts and terms that had previously eluded me. If I could give a 5 star rating I would!

Positive cambrid105 On Jan 30, 2010, cambrid105 wrote:

One negative review for Making More Plants says, "A the back would change 'Making More Plants' from an attractive picture book to a reference of lasting value." I have to recommend that the reader look in the back of the book, again, where there are pages of descriptions of various methods for propagating over 700 genera, which could easily translate into tens of thousands of species and varieties. There are tricks of the trade, and useful information, for example, how long to expect individual seed germination to take. If the book is helpful to beginning gardeners -- great!

Negative helenwells On Dec 20, 2009, helenwells wrote:

I agree with Knapp 1.

Neutral ambuzz On Jun 27, 2008, ambuzz wrote:

This is a nice book for anyone interested in random gardening tips. It is not, however, a reference book, as I discovered, for finding specific plants and how to propagate them successfully. The author may mention a plant in passing, but there is very little in the way of instruction with regard to specific plants. I would say, all in all, this is a generally good book with delightful photos, and some useful info... but again, not a detailed reference tool.

Negative knapp1 On Nov 13, 2007, knapp1 wrote:

While "Making More Plants" is a stunningly beautiful book, with marvelous photos, it is not of much help as a reference work for any but a beginning gardener. It is not a book in which one could find the best propagation methods for specific plants except for the limited number of species that happen to be pictured in the text.The book would be helpful to a gardener who is not familiar with the basic propagation methods. It is not a book to which one could turn to learn the best way to propagate Abeliophyllum or Zizania nor the thousands of plants in between. No clue is given as to whether a specific plants come true from seed, what time of year to take cuttings, or any specific trick of the trade that is essentilal to success with difficult to propagate plants. A section of informative tables in the back would change "Making More Plants" from an attractive picture book to a reference of lasting value .

Positive greenessence On Nov 7, 2007, greenessence wrote:

I am so looking forward to reading this book. I bought it online based on the strength of those beautiful photos and designs in the front and am thrilled to read all these great comments. Love a great garden book that delivers!!!

Positive alicewho On Nov 2, 2007, alicewho wrote:

This is my favorite gardening book, so much useful information on propagation.

Positive bordersandjacks On Jul 21, 2007, bordersandjacks wrote:

I love this book. It's one I return to again and again. It has a wealth of information and the pictures are gorgeous.

Positive jadajoy On Jul 13, 2007, jadajoy wrote:

Amazing photos! Love it for the illustrated instructions.

Positive Lilypon On Jan 6, 2006, Lilypon wrote:

I was given this book by a DG member and it is one I treasure (both as a gift and for the wealth of knowledge it contains).

Positive tonyjr On Oct 24, 2005, tonyjr wrote:

Not sorry I bought it but nothing on Brugs or Datrua .

Positive RDT On Sep 18, 2005, RDT wrote:

As already stated the information and illustrations can't be beat. I always prefer to this book when I have a question on propagation. I have not been disappointed yet.
I was able to purchase on Ebay for $20.

Positive pirl On Sep 16, 2005, pirl wrote:

A reliable standard with more information than we'll ever use but always there with the solution for growing seeds. We rely on it heavily.

Positive nevadagdn On Apr 7, 2005, nevadagdn wrote:

This book is beautifully illustrated as well as useful and informative.

Positive greenmum On Apr 6, 2005, greenmum wrote:

What a beautiful book! And amazingly enough, it was informative as well. When it first arrived and I flipped through it, I was impressed by the wonderful photography; but, I was dubious of the instructional information that it would contain. These two qualities do not usually go together in gardening books, I have discovered. I was joyously wrong. My dubiousness was misfounded. This book has made its way rather quickly to the top of my favourites list. There would be no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. However, there would be a HUGE hesitation in lending it out of my library. ;)

Positive bseddon On Mar 13, 2005, bseddon wrote:

Absolutley one of my favorites. I am working on a Horticultural certificate from a local college and this was one of the features books in the Propgation portion. It was already in my personal library and I refer to it constantly

Positive jenny_tulip On Mar 12, 2005, jenny_tulip wrote:

I received this book as a gift, and I'm so glad that I did. It has wonderful pictures and detailed descriptions. I've learned so much from this book! Jenny

Positive Equilibrium On Sep 20, 2004, Equilibrium wrote:

Although I have not had time to read this cover to cover, I am incredibly impressed with what I have read. I purchased this book specifically to help me with the propagation of a few "problem" plants. The information provided, far exceeded my expectations.

Positive eupatorium On Aug 10, 2004, eupatorium wrote:

Inspirational as well as inspiring.

On August 10th, 2004, eupatorium added the following:

Make that informative as well as inspiring. Or inspirational as well as informative. You get the idea.
Positive marshowl On Mar 19, 2004, marshowl wrote:

I had the pleasure of hearing Ken Druse speak about this book last year. I had to purchase it following the lecture. I find the book to be well illustrated and very informative. A down to earth practical guide for the everyday gardener.

Positive Tabassam On Feb 24, 2004, Tabassam wrote:

Not only this book has beautiful pictures, it is just as informative. It motivates to go out and propogate. A classic book for one's garden library.

Positive paulgrow On Feb 10, 2004, paulgrow wrote:

For someone interested in propagating this is the Bible.

He covers all types of propagation. Well written, many color pictures.

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