RHS Handbook: Propagation Techniques: Simple techniques for 1000 garden plants (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks) Hardcover – 2 May 2011
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A hard-working series with a strong identity, visible authority, on mainstream gardening subjects. Jargon-free delivery clarifying the mystique and perceived difficulty of some gardening practices. A 'Back to basics' box will debunk the old, difficult methods that are no longer practiced (such as double digging, some forms of rose pruning, folding over onion crops, painting pruning wounds, using tar oil winter wash, hormone rooting powder, copper sulphate on crops etc etc etc.
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The Royal Horticultural Society is at the forefront of a gardening revolution in which received wisdom is questioned and updated. Put together by an army of RHS experts, this book is the result of more than 100 years of practical experience in gardens across the world. With this book, gardening practice is in safe hands.
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Lots of step by step illustrations and beautiful photographs with clear, concise, step by step instructions.
With the propagtion directory at the back of the book there is no excuse to mix up your annuals and perennials.
The glossary helped me out with the more technical terms of gardening that I was unfamiliar with.
Spent a lovely afternoon in the garden using my book to help me hopefully grow more primroses by using the Lateral Vein cutting method! Just hope it works.
A good book for beginners and experience gardeners alike.
Steps are described clearly and clear illustrations are provided for each step with some accompanying photographs. The illustrations are very useful as they are uncluttered and show only what you need, the photographs show the "real life" plant so you can match up the steps with what you actually have in your hand.
I worried that I would need a lot of expensive, specialised equipment, but I didn't actually need anything new to complete the techniques I have tried so far - propagation was something I saw as way too specialised for me to attempt, not with this book!
I have picked several new plants for my garden because I can propagate them either this year or in the future - the techniques I now have to hand will definitely improve my gardening!
It jumbles different techniques up and in places talks about 3 different propagation techniques on the same page. It flits around touching briefly on a subject and cross referencing it to other sections in the book which isn't exactly straight forward.
The diagrams are not at all clear either and this leaves the various (confusing) techniques described even more ambiguous.
The book mixes Latin and common English names for plants in its text which again I find contradictory and confusing.
After reading a section the reader is left with many questions which the book does not answer.
The rhs should rectify these points and quite frankly, start again.