Practical Horticulture

Practical Horticulture

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Taking a scientific orientation, Practical Horticulture, Sixth Edition is a classic text for basic horticulture. It presents students with the fundamentals of horticultural science and its applications in both the commercial and home sectors. Easy-to-read and heavily illustrated, this sixth edition includes fifty new photos, new chapter objectives and end-of-chapter questions. It maintains its historical perspective while discussing current topics such as the current definition of a plant, an introduction to ethics in horticulture, horticulture safety and commercial production technology.show more

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  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 205.7 x 274.3 x 22.9mm | 1,292.75g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 6th edition
  • 0131189301
  • 9780131189300

Table of contents

I. FUNDAMENTALS OF HORTICULTURE. Introduction. The Divisions of Professional Horticulture.The Profession of Horticulture.Recreational Horticulture. 1. Climate and Plant Growth. Climate and Seasons.Elements of Climate.Factors Modifying Climate.Microclimates.Plant-Growing Zones of North America. 2. Botanical Nomenclature, Anatomy, and Physiology. What Is a Plant?Plant Nomenclature and Classification.Plant Anatomy.Physiological Processes. 3. Plant Growth and Development. Plant Life Cycles.Stages of Plant Maturation.Plant Hormones and Growth-Regulating Chemicals. 4. Plant Propagation. Sexual and Vegetative Propagation.Growing Plants from Seed.Growing Plants from Spores.Vegetative Propagation.Genetic Engineering. II. GROWING PLANTS OUTDOORS. 5. Outdoor Soils and Fertility. Classification.Organic Matter in the Soil.Cation-Exchange Capacity.Air and Water in the Soil.Soil Layers.Erosion.Soil Biology.Soil pH.Soil Improvement.Soil Conservation.Plant Nutrition.Nutrient Deficiencies.Fertilizers. 6. Vegetable Gardening. Types of Vegetable.Climatic Factors.Planning a Vegetable Garden.Planting the Garden.Vegetable Garden Maintenance.Crop Rotation.Cover and Green Manure Crops.Commercial Vegetable Production in the Field.Culture of Common Garden Vegetables.Minor Vegetables. 7. Growing Tree Fruits and Nuts. Site Selection.Incorporating Tree Crops in the Landscape.Tree Selection.Dwarf Fruit Trees.Planting Fruit and Nut Trees.Maintenance of Tree Crops.Failure to Bear.Commercial Fruit Production.Individual Crops and Their Growing Requirements. 8. Bush and Other Small Fruits. Planning the Small Fruit Garden.General Growing Requirements for Specific Small Fruits.Planning, Soil Preparation, and Planting.Pruning and Training Small Fruits.General Maintenance of Perennial Small Fruits. 9. Flower and Herb Gardening. Types of Garden Flowers.Planning the Flower Garden.Preparing and Planting the Bed.Flower Garden Maintenance.Specialty Gardens. 10. Home Landscape Planning and Installation. The Professional Landscape.The Homeowner-Designed Landscape.Obtaining Landscape Plants.Nursery Production.Planting the Landscape.Postplanting Care of the Landscape. 11. Landscape Maintenance. Features of a Low-Maintenance Landscape.Tools for Landscape Maintenance.Pruning Landscape Plants.Watering.Fertilizing Landscape Plants.Weed Control. 12. Lawn Establishment and Care. Establishing a New Lawn.Lawn Renovation.Turf Grass Maintenance.Lawn Substitutes. 13. Diagnosing and Treating Outdoor Plant Disorders. Identifying the Affected Plant.Determining the Cause of the Problem.Treating Plant Disorders.Federal Pesticide Laws.Organic Gardening.Integrated Pest Management. III. GROWING PLANTS INDOORS. Introduction. Plants as Cleaners of Indoor Air Pollutants.The Indoor Environment. 14. Indoor Plant Maintenance. Purchasing Indoor Plants.Acclimatization and Conditioning.Maintenance Activities.Plants with Special Requirements. 15. Potting Media and Fertilizers. Indoor Plant Potting Media.Indoor Plant Fertilizers.Medium- and Fertilizer-Related Indoor Plant Problems. 16. Light and Indoor Plant Growth. Effects of Light on Plant Growth and Development.Placement of Plants for Optimum Natural Light.Maximizing Natural Light.Artificial Lighting for Plant Growth.Light-Related Indoor Plant Disorders. 17. Indoor Plant Watering and Humidity. Watering and Indoor Plant Growth.Humidity and Indoor Plant Growth. 18. Controlling Indoor Plant Pests and Diseases. Indoor Plant Insects and Related Pests.Organisms Causing Diseases of Indoor Plants.Specific Diseases of Indoor Plants.Pest and Disease Prevention.Pest and Disease Control Methods.Safety Precautions for Using Pesticides. 19. Decorating with Growing Plants and Fresh Flowers. A Historical Perspective.Functional Uses of Plants.Elements of Design.The Design Process.Arranging Flowers. 20. Greenhouses and Related Climate-Controlling Structures. Greenhouses.Commercial Floricultural Crops.Indoor Plant Growth Units. Appendix of Plant Societies. Glossary. Index.show more

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