Plant Propagation & Identification Books

Welcome to the Lübeck Haus Bookstore's catalogue page for horticultural books and manuals about plant propagation and identification. This includes micropropagation, plant identification, plant culture and cultivation, plant breeding techniques, and plant uses. Includes instructions for collecting, processing and germinating wild plant seeds. Covers collecting, harvesting, cleaning, and storage of seeds, and methods of stratification and other germination processes.
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The following list of books were carefully selected by our research staff for nursery workers, botanists, biologists, the do-it-yourself propagator, and home gardeners. These books were selected because their text material is clearly written, easy to follow, and usually are accompanied with instructive photographs and detailed illustrations. And that if followed closely by the reader, the reader should be able to perform the work necessary to complete a successful propagation project.

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Plants from Test Tubes: An Introduction to Micropropagation - Lydiana Kyte, John G. Kleyn / Hardcover 250 pages / Published November 1996
This comprehensive manual contains everything that you need to know to begin cloning plants. Excellent source of information for the beginner, yet contains information useful for the more experienced. Some of the material covers commercial micropropagation operations but there is a lot information for the home gardener and hobbyist too.
This book, first published in 1983, covers the history of micropropagation, laboratory practices, advances in biotechnology, and some relevant chemistry. Procedures are provided for propagating 54 varieties of ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. Includes black & white illustrations, bibliography and a list of supply sources.

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's & Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding & Seed Saving -Carol Deppe / Paperback 367 pages, 2nd Edition / December 2000
This is an important book for serious gardeners and horticulturists. This book is very useful, interesting, well written and easy to understand. Explains the whole process of plant breeding and creating new vegetable hybrids. Although successful plant breeding doesn't necessarily require a lot of time or garden space, it does require some expert knowledge. This book provides solid basic information. The technical chapters are well-crafted guides to the principles of genetics combined with practical and workable strategies for applying those principles. Especially useful are the sections on designing garden trials and on how to be certain you are indeed selecting for the traits you want. There are also detailed illustrated instructions showing how to breed eight popular vegetables: tomato, lettuce, pea, bean, corn, onions and relatives, cabbages and relatives, and squash/pumpkins. It explains it very clearly and gardeners will find out that it isn't really difficult at all. Quite simple actually, and with some often remarkable rewards.

Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture - Michael A. Dirr, Charles W. Heuser, Jr., Bonnie L. Dirr(Illustrator)/ Paperback 239 pages / Published June 1987
This comprehensive book is an excellent source for correct and vital information for woody plant propagation. For many species, specific concentrations for rooting hormones are specified. This is vital information because for many plants there is an optimal concentration and using a higher or lower concentration reduces rooting success as well as root development. Dirr has done all the research and you benefit from this work. His conclusions are backed up by many scientific studies by various individuals and groups. 

Practical Woody Plant Propagation for Nursery Growers, Vol. 1 -Bruce MacDonald / Hardcover 660 pages / Published March 1987
This comprehensive manual is an excellent and thorough source for the best methods of propagation techniques. Covers propagation methods in detail for each species, including a wide range of trees. Includes practical greenhouse techniques that would be useful for part time nurserymen, gardeners, or hobbyist.

Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation - Ken Druse / Hardcover 224 pages / Published November 2000
This book is an indispensable guide and is useful as both a comprehensive reference and as a textbook for learning more complex techniques. Whether you want to learn about propagation by seed, cutting, layering, grafting, division, leaves, roots, the clear, detailed instructions and step-by-step photos will get you up and running in no time.
Presents innovative, practical techniques for expanding any plant collection. There are plenty of close-up photos of plants at every stage of life and in every variety. Specific techniques are outlined with both photographs and easily followed text, from the spore prints of ferns to the nicking of hard-shelled seeds, you'll learn exactly how to tackle every aspect of creating new plants. Covers the correct season for taking different types of cuttings from different plants, and covers special projects like hardwood cutting.

The Complete Book of Plant Propagation - Charles W. Heuser (Editor), Richard Bird, Mike Honour, Clive Innes, Mike Salmon Hardcover 224 pages / Published August 1997
This comprehensive book reveals how simple and satisfying propagating your own plants can be. Twelve horticultural experts discuss propagating different groups of plants individually, from alpines, herbaceous perennials and ferns to conifers and heathers, herbs, trees and shrubs, and houseplants. Propagating individual plants with all the propagation methods is discussed in detail and including step-by-step drawings. Tips and practical advice are accompanied by inspirational ideas for using your new-found knowledge. At the end of each chapter there is an all-inclusive A-Z list of plants for quick and easy reference. Easy-to-read symbols tell you essential information at a glance, how long seed will take to germinate and how quickly the plant reaches maturity. 

Propagation Basics: Tools, Techniques, Timing -Steven Bradley / Paperback 128 pages / Published August 2002
This book provides the basic information and the right techniques to increase your plant supply for very little expense free. Starting with the simplest methods, like sowing seeds and division, and working up to more adventurous processes, you'll acquire all the practical details of reproducing your favorite plants. Expert instructions, clear illustrations and photographs guide you step by step, showing you where and how to snip, handle root systems, lift an existing plant, and deal with tangled stems. Learn how to work with everything from annuals, bulbs, and vegetables, to fruit, shrubs, and trees. Follow the insider tips as to what tools and materials to use, which plants can be layered, when to take a cutting, and surprisingly easy ways of grafting. A directory of over 100 plants identifies the best method for each one, the at-a-glance propagation calendar will help you organize your gardening year, and a troubleshooting section answers all your questions.

Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants -Robin Rose, Caryn E. C. Chachulski, Diana L. Haase / Paperback 256 pages / Published March 1998
Excellent reference book for anyone who grows or plans to grow native plants. Will likely go out of print. Highly recommended for the native plant lover or nursery grower. Unusual book. Includes over 230 drawings, illustrations, and photographs Browser Boxes

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