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Re: Re: Rayna's new house & euonymus

Wonderful...thanks Jim. I'll start looking for those. I'm getting into
the propagating for two reasons: it's cool, and...I'm cheap. I have a
houseful of kids. I'm not going to go out there and spend a small
fortune on plants that I can propagate from my yard. And it's just COOL
to be able to create another plant....sounds corny, but I feel like
"one" with the universe when I figure out this stuff. It's like that
scene in Castaway where Tom Hanks is going on and on about how HE
created FIRE. WOO HOO.

james singer <jsinger@igc.org> wrote:
Let me recommend a couple of manuals on plant propagation, Jesse.

"Plant Propagation," Alan Toogood, editor. AHS. $34.95 [This is the AHS 
reprint of the RHS manual. Very user friendly, but I find it somewhat 
annoying to use if I'm looking for a specific plant. Information on 
propagating techniques--how to do cuttings, seeds, grafts, 
layerings--is very good, however.

"Plant Propagation," H.T. Hartmann and D.E. Kester. Prentice-Hall. Text 
book [authors were at UC Davis when it was published]; don't know what 
it costs. Less easy to use regarding techniques, although a lot better 
if you want to know why auxins encourage root development. Also better 
about linking specific plants to specific techniques [think of it as 
"how the commercial nurseries do it" book]. Not sure it covers as many 
plants as RHS-AHS does because it covers them by structure [hardwood, 
softwood, etc] and AHS seems to cover them in a scattershot way.

Anyway, you can probably find both of them used or remaindered at Abe's 

I used to have another book, probably also titled "Plant Propagation" 
by some person named Kerns [I think]. It was, essentially, the text 
book that was replaced by Hartmann and Kester. Also a good book; gave 
it to my number one son when he wanted to start propagating plants.

On Wednesday, August 4, 2004, at 02:05 PM, Jesse Bell wrote:

> That would be excellent. I watched a gardening show and I spoke with a
> nursery owner and they both said to cut a branch that has "fingers" on
> the end, dip it in rooting compound and then place it in loose soil 
> with
> lots of peatmoss etc. (which is exactly how I did the euonymus)
> Kitty wrote:
> Oh! I have an article that deals with boxwood cuttings specifically. 
> Maybe
> I can find it.
> Kitty

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