Pelargoniums: A Gardener's Guide to the Species and Their Hybrids and Cultivars

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Well over 200 pelargonium species are covered in this book, with an incredible diversity of habit, shape, size and colour. They may be grown for their foliage, their flowers or even the architectural beauty of their shape. The species described here include all those likely to be found in gardens or specialist collections, and many more. There are not only descriptions, accompanied by well over 100 silhouettes, but detailed information also on methods of cultivation and propagation, as well as solutions to ...
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Well over 200 pelargonium species are covered in this book, with an incredible diversity of habit, shape, size and colour. They may be grown for their foliage, their flowers or even the architectural beauty of their shape. The species described here include all those likely to be found in gardens or specialist collections, and many more. There are not only descriptions, accompanied by well over 100 silhouettes, but detailed information also on methods of cultivation and propagation, as well as solutions to possible problems. The book deals with cultivated plants, but it will also assist in identification of species found in their native habitats. The history of the genus is explained, from the introduction of the first species into the gardens of Europe in the seventeenth century and then into America, to their use in the production of the zonal and regal pelargonium cultivars, familiar to many enthusiasts. Written on the basis of personal experience of growing and handling the plants, Pelargoniums shows that blend of practicality and sound background knowledge that will make it an essential addition to every gardener's bookshelf.
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An essential gardener's reference describing over 200 pelargonium species in a diversity of habit, shape, size, and color. Botanical descriptions are arranged alphabetically and include cultivation notes and distinguishing characteristics accompanied by over 100 leaf silhouettes. In addition to cultivated plants, the volume identifies species in native habitats and provides a history of the genus from its wild roots in South Africa to its introduction to the cultured gardens of Europe and America in the 17th century. Includes beautiful color photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881923636
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgements 7
List of line drawings 8
List of photographic plates 8
Introduction 10
1 History 15
2 Classification 21
3 Introduction to Sections 30
4 Synopsis of Sections 35
5 The Pelargonium Species 36
6 Cultivation 131
7 Propagation 137
8 Pests, Diseases and Disorders 143
Glossary 150
Endnotes 156
Select bibliography 158
Species index 160
Plant index 163
General index 172
Sources of information 174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    I sent it back-

    I was disappointed in this book and would not recommend it for the average gardener or plant enthusiast. I studied Horticulture and Agriculture in college and felt like I was reading another college textbook- and the price was similar also. I guess that I had hoped I would be getting a real gem for $30.00, but instead I was let down. There was a lot of explanation of the history of Pelargoniums and geraniums and it was interesting in a textbook sort of way. I felt myself drawn to the color photos but disappointed that there weren¿t more. The different varieties were listed by scientific names and most gave no mention of a common name, which is what we most likely have to go by when looking for information on an unfamiliar plant. I think that including this information would have been much more practical. I could have done without the ¿African climate and rainfall¿ section and would have enjoyed a section on care and propagation/pruning. The leaf illustrations were also done in black and white, when many of the varieties are well known for their leaf colors. Luckily I also purchased another book on this subject, and was much more satisfied with its content and price. I would Highly Recommend ¿Growing Pelargoniums & Geraniums- A Complete Guide¿- By Beryl Stockton, Geoff Stockton, and John Mason. It is beautifully done and includes everything that I desired in the above, much more expensive book. They explained the differences between Pelargoniums and Geraniums, and between Zonals and Regals. There were color photos, common names, easily understood categories, and an entire section on care- from pruning to propagation, watering to soil recommendations, greenhouses to gardens, diseases and insects. There was also a section on display/landscaping tips- all with color photos. Not to mention it was only $12.76. I encourage you to check it out!

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