Book Review – Propagating Plants

Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free
By Alan Toogood
Review by Chris Belser

If you’re interested in harnessing biology magic to turn one plant into multiple plants, this book is for you. The author provides an overview of various methods of propagating plants, equipment and tools that can aid in this process, and various growing media. The next six sections explore different categories of plants (e.g., trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents) with different propagation strategies for each category, ranging from sowing seeds, taking cuttings, layering, grafting, and dividing. Within each section, there is an alphabetical listing of plant profiles with a discussion of appropriate propagation methods for each. In total, this book provides instructions for how to propagate over 1500 plant species. Whether you’re looking for resources to expand your home garden, to begin producing plants for sale, or to grow some pass-along plants, this book has loads of information that can be useful.

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