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Practical Horticulture / Edition 6
     

Practical Horticulture / Edition 6

by Laura Williams Rice
 

ISBN-10: 0131189301

ISBN-13: 9780131189300

Pub. Date: 07/25/2005

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Providing a scientifically based, yet practical introduction to horticulture, this volume presents material relevant to the way people encounter horticulture in everyday life (landscapes, houseplants, vegetable gardens), while introducing important aspects of horticultural science and commercial practices. The volume covers the fundamentals of horticulture, and

Overview

Providing a scientifically based, yet practical introduction to horticulture, this volume presents material relevant to the way people encounter horticulture in everyday life (landscapes, houseplants, vegetable gardens), while introducing important aspects of horticultural science and commercial practices. The volume covers the fundamentals of horticulture, and growing and maintaining plants outdoors and indoors. For those in the horticulture professions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131189300
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
07/25/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 10.72(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Part IFundamentals of Horticulture2
Introduction3
The Divisions of Professional Horticulture3
The Profession of Horticulture4
Recreational Horticulture6
1Climate and Plant Growth15
Climate and Seasons15
Elements of Climate16
Factors Modifying Climate20
Microclimates21
Plant-Growing Zones of North America22
2Botanical Nomenclature, Anatomy, and Physiology27
What Is a Plant?27
Plant Nomenclature and Classification27
Plant Anatomy32
Physiological Processes40
3Plant Growth and Development45
Plant Life Cycles45
Stages of Plant Maturation46
Plant Hormones and Growth-Regulating Chemicals53
4Plant Propagation59
Sexual and Vegetative Propagation59
Growing Plants from Seed63
Growing Plants from Spores67
Vegetative Propagation68
Genetic Engineering80
Part IIGrowing Plants Outdoors85
5Outdoor Soils and Fertility87
Classification87
Organic Matter in the Soil90
Cation-Exchange Capacity90
Air and Water in the Soil91
Soil Layers93
Erosion94
Soil Biology94
Soil pH96
Soil Improvement96
Soil Conservation101
Plant Nutrition102
Nutrient Deficiencies105
Fertilizers105
6Vegetable Gardening113
Types of Vegetables113
Climatic Factors115
Planning a Vegetable Garden117
Planting the Garden122
Vegetable Garden Maintenance123
Crop Rotation126
Cover and Green Manure Crops127
Commercial Vegetable Production in the Field127
Culture of Common Garden Vegetables130
Minor Vegetables140
7Growing Tree Fruits and Nuts147
Site Selection147
Incorporating Tree Crops in the Landscape148
Tree Selection149
Dwarf Fruit Trees150
Planting Fruit and Nut Trees150
Maintenance of Tree Crops151
Failure to Bear155
Commercial Fruit Production155
Individual Crops and Their Growing Requirements157
8Bush and Other Small Fruits165
Planning the Small Fruit Garden165
General Growing Requirements for Specific Small Fruits166
Planning, Soil Preparation, and Planting169
Pruning and Training Small Fruits170
General Maintenance of Perennial Small Fruits177
9Flower and Herb Gardening181
Types of Garden Flowers181
Planning the Flower Garden188
Preparing and Planting the Bed191
Flower Garden Maintenance192
Specialty Gardens194
10Home Landscape Planning and Installation203
The Professional Landscape204
The Homeowner-Designed Landscape204
Obtaining Landscape Plants218
Nursery Production219
Planting the Landscape221
Postplanting Care of the Landscape225
11Landscape Maintenance227
Features of a Low-Maintenance Landscape227
Tools for Landscape Maintenance227
Pruning Landscape Plants233
Watering244
Fertilizing Landscape Plants247
Weed Control248
12Lawn Establishment and Care255
Establishing a New Lawn255
Lawn Renovation263
Turf Grass Maintenance263
Lawn Substitutes268
13Diagnosing and Treating Outdoor Plant Disorders273
Identifying the Affected Plant273
Determining the Cause of the Problem273
Treating Plant Disorders284
Federal Pesticide Laws294
Organic Gardening299
Integrated Pest Management302
Part IIIGrowing Plants Indoors304
Introduction305
Plants as Cleaners of Indoor Air Pollutants305
The Indoor Environment306
14Indoor Plant Maintenance311
Purchasing Indoor Plants311
Acclimatization and Conditioning312
Maintenance Activities312
Plants with Special Requirements320
15Potting Media and Fertilizers331
Indoor Plant Potting Media331
Indoor Plant Fertilizers339
Medium- and Fertilizer-Related Indoor Plant Problems344
16Light and Indoor Plant Growth349
Effects of Light on Plant Growth and Development349
Placement of Plants for Optimum Natural Light357
Maximizing Natural Light358
Artificial Lighting for Plant Growth361
Light-Related Indoor Plant Disorders364
17Indoor Plant Watering and Humidity367
Watering and Indoor Plant Growth367
Humidity and Indoor Plant Growth377
18Controlling Indoor Plant Pests and Diseases381
Indoor Plant Insects and Related Pests381
Organisms Causing Diseases of Indoor Plants387
Specific Diseases of Indoor Plants388
Pest and Disease Prevention389
Pest and Disease Control Methods391
Safety Precautions for Using Pesticides393
19Decorating with Growing Plants and Fresh Flowers397
A Historical Perspective397
Functional Uses of Plants398
Elements of Design401
The Design Process407
Arranging Flowers409
20Greenhouses and Related Climate-Controlling Structures421
Greenhouses421
Commercial Floricultural Crops432
Indoor Plant Growth Units443
Appendix of Plant Societies447
Glossary449
Index465

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