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Principles of Horticulture

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Principles of Horticulture: Basic

This colourful guide will introduce you to the fundamentals of...

NHBS Price: £26.99 $33/€30 approx

By: Charles R Adams (Author), Katherine M Bamford (Author), Mike P Early (Author)

390 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables


Paperback | Oct 2011 | Edition: 6 | #190724 | ISBN-13: 9780080969572
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Principles of Horticulture is an excellent introduction to a wide range of aspects of commercial and leisure horticulture. Written in a highly accessible and readable style, Principles of Horticulture has already proved invaluable to a broad selection of readers, particularly students on horticulture courses and keen amateur gardeners. It also provides a handy basic reference for professionals.

The latest sixth edition has been fully updated with colour illustrations, modal questions and exercises, and is aligned with the new RHS Certificate in Horticulture. New information is included on practical propagation techniques, garden design, conservation, placing plants, and on basic planting design and bedding plants.

"A clearly presented book, which has good images and clear explanations. The level is sufficiently complicated to give a good understanding without being overwhelming. Ideal for self study and research tasks"
- David Elphinstone, Myerscough College

"The book is an excellent accompaniment to the RHS Level 2 exam"
- Carlene Crowe, KLC School of Design

"Really like the latest edition particularly the colour illustrations and photographs. A very comprehensive text for level 3 & 4 and good further reading for level 2 courses. Good clear layout. Easy to read with great illustrations and images"
- Caroline Wright, Nottingham Trent University

"An excellent book which is well laid out with very accessible, up-to-date content. I have used previous editions of this book and have always found it extremely useful"
- Mike Roberts, Pershore College

"Written in a readable style with excellent diagrams and photographs. Each chapter ends with references for further reading. It is reasonably priced and very suitable for HNC Horticulture"
- Mark McQuilken, Scottish Agricultural College

"I think the book has improved significantly over the different editions. It is clear that this is a most useful publication and has much respect in the academic world"
- Ray Broughton, Sparsholt College

"The layout is excellent, not crowded, easy to read and beautifully illustrated with pictures and diagrams. Chapters are clear on specific topics which are logical with bold headings within them that are easy to follow. The Index is clear, uncomplicated and easy to use."
- Glynis Maynard, Capel Manor College




1. Horticulture in Context
2. Climate and Microclimate
3. Classification and naming
4. Plant Cells and Tissues
5. External Characteristics of the Plant
6. Plant Reproduction
7. Plant Growth
8. Transport in the Plant
9. Pollination and Fertilization
10. Plant Development
11. Plant Propagation
12. Weeds and Other Wild Plants
13. Horticultural pests
14. Horticultural Diseases and Disorders
15. Plant Protection
16. Physical Properties of Soil
17. Soil Organic Matter
18. Soil Water
19. Soil pH
20. Plant Nutrition
21. Alternatives to Growing in Soil


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