Practical Botany For Gardeners: Over 3,000 Botanical...

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Author Hodge, Geoff
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Gardening can be frustratingly shrouded in secrecy. Fickle plants make seemingly spontaneous decisions to bloom or bust, seeds sprout magically in the blink of an eye, and deep-rooted mysteries unfold underground and out of sight. Understanding basic botany is like unlocking a horticultural code; fortunately learning a little science can reveal the secrets of the botanical universe and shed some light on what’s really going on in your garden.Practical Botany for Gardenersprovides an elegant and accessible introduction to the world of botany. It presents the essentials that every gardener needs to know, connecting explanations of scientific facts with useful gardening tips. Flip to the roots section and you’ll not only learn how different types of roots support a plant but also find that adding fungi to soil aids growth. The pruning section both defines “lateral buds” and explains how far back on a shoot to cut in order to propagate them.The book
eaks down key areas and terminology with easy-to-navigate chapters arranged by theme, such as plant types, plant parts, inner workings, and external factors. “Great Botanists” and “Botany in Action” boxes delve deeper into the fascinating byways of plant science. This multifaceted book also includes two hundred botanical illustrations and basic diagrams that hearken to the classic roots of botany.Part handbook, part reference,Practical Botany for Gardenersis a beautifully captivating read. It’s a must for garden lovers and backyard botanists who want to grow and nurture their own plant knowledge.

Table of Contents
How to use this bookA short history of botanyChapter 1: The Plant KingdomAlgaeMosses and liverwortsLichensFerns and their relativesGymnosperms: conifers and their relativesAngiosperms: flowering plantsMonocotyledons versus dicotyledonsPlant naming and common namesPlant familiesGenusSpeciesHy
ids and cultivarsChapter 2: Growth, Form, and FunctionPlant growth and developmentBudsRootsStemsLeavesFlowersSeedsFruitBulbs and other underground food storage organsChapter 3: Inner WorkingsCells and cell divisionPhotosynthesisPlant nutritionNutrient and water distributionPlant hormonesChapter 4: ReproductionVegetative reproductionSexual reproductionPlant
eeding—evolution in cultivationChapter 5: The Beginning of LifeDevelopment of the seed and fruitSeed dormancySeed germinationSowing and saving seedsSeed savingChapter 6: External FactorsThe soilSoil pHSoil fertilitySoil moisture and rainwaterNutrients and feedingLife above groundChapter 7: PruningWhy prune?Pruning treesPruning for size and shapePruning for displayChapter 8: Botany and the SensesSeeing lightSensing scentScent as an attractantFeeling vi
ationsChapter 9: Pests, Diseases, and DisordersInsect pestsOther common pestsFungi and fungal diseasesViral diseasesBacterial diseasesParasitic plantsHow plants defend themselvesBreeding for resistance to pests and diseasesPhysiological disordersIndexBibliographyCredits and websitesBotanists and Botanical IllustratorsGregor Johann MendelBarbara McClintockRobert FortuneProspero AlpiniRichard SpruceCharles Sprague SargentLuther BurbankFranz and Ferdinand BauerMatilda SmithJohn Lindley FRSMarianne NorthPierre-Joseph RedoutéJames SowerbyVera Scarth-Johnson OAM