These include seed cleaning and storage, pre-treatment of seeds, choice of containers and propagation mix, sowing, and the care of seedlings. It also covers propagation by cutting and division.
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While helpful this second section is not as thorough as the first with some species getting a much more in-depth treatment. It can, however, be trusted because it is based on the direct experience gained at the New England Wild Flower Society's "Garden in the Woods. It gives a careful description of seed collection, seed cleaning and storage, pre-germination treatment, and seedling care for more than species of plants appropriate to gardens.
It has a section on carnivorous plants such as the sundews and pitcher plants as well as one on the propagation of ferns. It points out the alien origin of the few non-native plants that are discussed.
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One warning is that this book was written before the dangers of invasive exotics were generally accepted. It contains, for instance, careful instructions on propagating Multiflora rosa. Young, Cheryl G. Young; ; Timber Press; pgs. Even though the information given about propagation for each genus is much shorter this is not simply a dumbed down version of the book "Seeds of Woody Plants in North America" by the same authors.
This book has chapters which provide a general introduction to the handling of seeds, which is something their other book lacks. Topics such as seed physiology, seed collection, cleaning, storage, and pre-planting treatment are discussed in depth starting from a layman's understanding. This book also includes many herbaceous species. Specific propagation instructions are generally given at the genus level and are basically a collection of untested, but footnoted, personal observations. The book has an overall agri-forestry slant but contains information useful for any propagator.
Baskin, Jerry M. Baskin; ; Academic Press; pgs. This is basically a textbook, suitable for ecologists, plant scientists, horticulturists, and foresters. It stands out from the other books on propagation because the Baskins handle seed germination from an ecological rather than a strictly horticultural perspective.
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Topics covered include types of dormancy, theories of the relationship between dormancy and germination, the timing of germination, the various factors that control germination, and the general aspects of germination in different sorts of habitats. There are tables listing the specifics of germination for hundreds of species. An exhaustive report, in tabled format, of germination trials covering more than species.
The introductory chapters are very informative on general issues in seed propagation.
This book is appropriate for, and recommend for, the advanced propagator. Unfortunately, the book does not make a clear distinction between native and non-native species. You must buy this book, as well as the growing number of supplements, directly from the author at: Norman Deno; Lenor Drive; State College, PA; Schopmeyer editor ; ; U.
Department of Agriculture: Washington, D. This book addresses many details of propagating native woody plants from seed. It is a good resource but is generally unavailable. Dirr, and Charles W. Heuser; ; Varsity Press Inc. It focuses on cultivars and non-native trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines but can be helpful with natives as well. This book includes horticultural varieties and cultivars.
Reshetiloff, B. Slattery, and S. Zwicker; ; National Park Service and U. Invasive Plants; Dr. This book is a full color field guide that identifies alien species. The book describes each plant, the range, the impact in addition to recommendations to help control them. This booklet, while oriented toward the Southern states, contains almost all of the species that are invasive in our area. There are lots of great pictures. This is available free of charge from the USDA. Y; pgs. This book is already considered a classic in the field of non-native invasive plants.
Unfortunately, its treatment of ecological impact is superficial. This book discusses the more than , non-indigenous species that have invaded six countries, causing tens of billions of dollars in harm each year in the United States alone. It makes compelling reading. The editor-author and his 44 contributing scientist-writers are careful to note that not all introduced species have entirely deleterious effects in their new homes, and many are depended on for human sustenance. Some 98 percent of the U. This book describes the process whereby exotic species have become dispersed and makes a persuasive argument that a strong exotic species management program is essential for sustainability of natural systems.
There is a chapter on Eastern forests. Anyone who manages large units of land, or is simply interested in this topic, will find this book interesting and useful. Thousands of words commonly found in the binomial names of plants are defined. The book makes for fascinating reading.
Knowing what the words mean can often help you remember them. First published in , shortly after the author's death, A Sand County Almanac is a classic. It is one of the most influential books about nature ever published. Leopold's view was that it is a human duty to preserve as much wild land as possible as a kind of bank for the biological future of all species. In this classic and pioneering work, eminent botanist and plant ecologist E.
Lucy Braun divides the eastern deciduous forests into nine major regions, and presents detailed information, including her own survey data recorded during intensive field work with her sister, an entomologist. This book is E. Raven Biology of Plants ; Ray F. Evert and Susan E.
Eichhorn; ; Eighth edition; W. This is a classic textbook in botany, the go-to resource for good, readable coverage of all aspects of the subject. This book cannot be used as a general identification guide since its key is a confusing combination of flower type, habitat, and overall growth habit. The book is only useful for identifying plants when they are in bloom, as there are no adequate photos of the leaves or of the plants at non-blooming times.
The book can, however, be used for final identification in combination with an ID book. It describes in a general way the medical uses of specific species by human groups such as Native American and early settlers but is not explicit regarding exactly how the plant was used. Ethnobotanists Cox and Balick share two decades of experience living with the indigenous peoples of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia, conducting fieldwork in the study of how people use plants.
The result is a story of human culture in relationship to the plants traditionally used for medicinal, recreational, and ornamental purposes. These ethnobotanists argue that human cultural origins are inter-woven with plants. They examine everything from the prehistoric use and gathering of plants by hunter-gatherers to modern times.