How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest / Edition 2

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Since its first publication in 1986, How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest has set the standard for both home and professional gardeners. Written when the native plant movement was just getting started, it helped convert a generation of gardeners to the practical and aesthetic values of using drought-tolerant plants in southwestern landscapes.

In this new edition, Jill Nokes has extensively rewritten every section to include the latest information on the production, cultivation, and landscape use of native plants. She has added over 75 new species and updated the propagation and care information for the original 350 species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines. In addition to the individual plant descriptions, she also devotes whole chapters to gathering and storing seeds, seed germination, planting, vegetative propagation, and transplanting. With this wealth of clearly presented, easy-to-reference information, How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest will remain the last word on this subject.

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Nokes draws upon many unpublished observations by experienced propagators, which should keep many gardeners from trial-and-error inquiries of their own. . . . This attractive, clearly written landscape-materials guide will fill a large gap in western horticultural literature and should serve as a model for other regional guides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292755734
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 636,646
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Genera and Species
Preface to the New Edition
Map of Texas

I. Introduction
II. Gathering and Storing Seeds
Seed Provenance
When and Where to Collect
Guidelines for Judging Ripeness
Stock Plants
Collection Tools and Materials
III. Seed Germination
The Germination Process
Seed Dormancy
Types of Dormancy and Pretreatment Methods
Hard Seed Coats and Scarification
General Guidelines for Acid Scarification
Sodium Hypochlorite Treatment
Hot Water Seed Scarification
Active Yeast Method
Early Collection of Hard-Seeded Species
Plants with Apparently Hard Seed Coats
Seed Coats with Chemical Inhibitors
Physiological Dormancy of the Inner Seed
Length of Stratification Period
Double Dormancy and After-Ripening
IV. Planting
Late Winter Planting in a Greenhouse
Outdoor Fall Planting
Spring Planting
Aeration Procedure for Seed Germination
Pregermination on Moist Paper
Fall Planting in a Greenhouse or Cold Frame
Cold Frames
Benefits of Air Pruning Roots
Soil Mixes
Beneficial Soil Microorganisms
Indoor Sowing
Seedling Diseases
Field Sowing
Transplanting Seedlings
V. Vegetative Propagation
Advantages of Cutting Propagation
Some Drawbacks to Vegetative Propagation
The Rooting Process
How New Roots Are Produced
Inherent Ability to Root
Age of the Cutting: The Juvenility Factor
Location of the Cut
When to Take Cuttings
Types of Cuttings
Hardwood Stem Cuttings
Rooting Deciduous Hardwood Cuttings
Rooting Cuttings of Narrow-Leaved Evergreens
Root Cuttings
Semihardwood (or Greenwood) Cuttings
Softwood Cuttings
Selecting a Plant to Propagate from Cuttings
Rooting Hormones
Willow Rooting Substance
Application of Rooting Hormones
Preparing Quick-Dip Solutions
The Proper Environment for Rooting a Cutting
Rooting Media
Controlling Water Loss
Intermittent Misting Systems
Hardening Off
Transplanting the Cutting
VI. Transplanting
Time of Year
Choosing the Plant
Transplanting Tools and Procedures
Preparing the Site
VII. Propagation of Individual Species
Plants listed alphabetically according to botanical name. Consult List of Genera and Species for page numbers of individual species.


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