Hartmann & Kester's Plant Propagation Principles and Practices

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/21/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The world standard for plant propagation and horticulture for over 50 years, Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagationcontinues to be the field's most complete, up-to-date text on plant propagation. It now contains color figures throughout, promoting learning and making it an even more useful working text and reference. It also contains extensive updates reflecting the latest commercial techniques and understanding of propagation biology. Like previous editions, it is organized into paired chapters on principles and practices, so it can easily be adapted for teaching courses that cover only practical topics, and for courses that also cover conceptual issues.

Author Biography

Dale E. Kester is Professor of Pomology emeritus at the University of California, Davis. During his 40 years at the University of California he taught courses in plant propagation and pomology. He has been a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science, becoming a Fellow in 1977. He received jointly the Stark Award in 1980. He has published over 100 research and popular publications in plant propagation and pomology. He has had a lifelong collaboration with Dr. Hudson T. Hartmann which resulted in the publication of the first edition of Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices in 1959, followed by other editions in 1968, 1975, 1983, and 1990. One of the founders of the Western Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society (1960), he has served the society in various capacities including Vice-President, program chair (1996) and President (1997). He received the Curtis J. Alley Achievement Award in 1999.


Fred T. Davies, Jr., Professor of Horticultural Sciences, and Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Texas A&M University, has taught courses in plant propagation and nursery production and management since 1979. He has co-authored over 100 research and technical publications. He was a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Mexico (1993) and Peru (1999), and a J.S. Guggenheim Fellow (1999). He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Nursery Crops from the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (1989), L.M. Ware Distinguished Research Award-ASHS-SR (1995), and S.B. Meadows Award of Merit-International Plant Propagator's Society-SR (1994). He is a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching-TAMU (1997), Chancellor of Agriculture's Award in Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching-TAMU (1998), L.M. Ware Distinguished Teaching Award, ASHS-SR (1998), and L.C. Chadwick Educator's Award, American Nursery and Landscape Association (1999). He is the International Division Vice-President-ASHS. He was President, and is currently Editor, of the IPPS-SR.


Robert L. Geneve is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in plant propagation and seed biology. He has co-authored over 70 scientific and technical articles in seed biology, cutting propagation, and tissue culture. He is also the co-editor of the book Biotechnology of Ornamental Plants and author of A Book of Blue Flowers. He has served as a board member for the International Plant Propagators' Society-Eastern Region and serves on the Editor for the international horticulture journal, Scientia Horticulturae.

Table of Contents


1. How Plant Propagation Evolved In Human Society

2. Biology of Plant Propagation

3. The Propagation Environment



4. Seed Development

5. Principles and Practices of Seed Selection

6. Techniques of Seed Production and Handling

7. Principles of Propagation from Seeds

8. Techniques of Propagation by Seed



9. Principles of Propagation by Cuttings

10. Techniques of Propagation by Cuttings

11. Principles of Grafting and Budding

12. Techniques of Grafting

13. Techniques of Budding

14. Layering and Its Natural Modifications

15. Propagation by Specialized Stems and Roots

16. Principles and Practices of Clonal Selection



17. Principles of Tissue Culture and Micropropagation

18. Techniques for Micropropagation



19. Propagation Methods and Rootstocks for Fruit and Nut Species

20. Propagation of Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines

21. Propagation of Selected Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials Used As Ornamentals


Subject Index

Plant Index, Scientific Names

Plant Index, Common Names


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