Finding a beautiful plant and being able to reproduce that plant as many times as you like is a thrilling experience and it can be quite addicting. Since gardening is very therapeutic, that’s a good thing.
Learning how to propagate your own plants can result in a great deal of savings and/or earnings.
Everyone in my family, from nieces and nephews to grandmas and grandpas, spent some time dabbling in our nursery. Our two sons learned work ethics and the value of a dollar. They also learned to appreciate, and at times be awed by, nature.
It took me 35 years of crawling around in the dirt on my hands and knees to learn what I share with you in this book. Reflecting on those years I cannot think of a more rewarding way to spend the better part of my life.
It is my sincere hope that you share what you learn in this book with the children in your life. Kids love to garden, and there is no better way to spend quality time with a child than teaching them how to garden. Plants are the heartbeat of the earth. If we can teach kids how to propagate plants, care for them, and admire and respect the plants of this planet, you and I will leave this earth in very capable hands.
Jump in, get dirty! Get lost in the magic of plant propagation.
This new edition of Plant Propagation Concepts and Laboratory Exercises presents a robust view of modern plant propagation practices such as vegetable grafting and micropropagation. Along with foundation knowledge in anatomy and plant physiology, the book takes a look into the future and how cutting edge research may impact plant propagation practices. The book emphasizes the principles of plant propagation applied in both temperate and tropical environments. In addition to presenting the fundamentals, the book features protocols and practices that students can apply in both laboratory and field experiences.
The book shows readers how to choose the best methods for plant propagation including proper media and containers as well as performing techniques such as budding, cutting, layering, grafting, and cloning. It also discusses how to recognize and cope with various propagation challenges. Also included are concept chapters highlighting key information, laboratory exercises, anticipated laboratory results, stimulating questions, and a DVD containing all the figures in the book as well as some supplemental images.
This book is essential reading for all those in commercial micropropagation labs, as well as researchers worldwide who are keen to improve propagation techniques and lower economic costs of production. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the applied plant sciences and horticulture will find the book an enlightened treatise.