Hartmann & Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices, Pearson New International Edition (8e) : 9781292020884

Hartmann & Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices, Pearson New International Edition (8e)

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For all undergraduate courses in plant propagation at the two-year and four-year colleges and universities.


The world standard for plant propagation and horticulture for over 50 years, Hartmann and Kester’s Plant Propagation continues to be the field’s most complete, up-to-date text on plant propagation. It now contains color figures throughout, promoting learning and making it an even more useful working text and reference. It also contains extensive updates reflecting the latest commercial techniques and understanding of propagation biology. Like previous editions, it is organised into paired chapters on principles and practices, so it can easily be adapted for teaching courses that cover only practical topics, and for courses that also cover conceptual issues.

Table of contents
  • 1. How Plant Propagation Evolved In Human Society
  • 2. Biology of Plant Propagation
  • 3. The Propagation Environment
  • 4. Seed Development
  • 5. Principles and Practices of Seed Selection
  • 6. Techniques of Seed Production and Handling
  • 7. Principles of Propagation from Seeds
  • 8. Techniques of Propagation by Seed
  • 9. Principles of Propagation by Cuttings
  • 10. Techniques of Propagation by Cuttings
  • 11. Principles of Grafting and Budding
  • 12. Techniques of Grafting
  • 13. Techniques of Budding
  • 14. Layering and Its Natural Modifications
  • 15. Principles and Practices of Clonal Selection
  • 16. Propagation by Specialized Stems and Roots
  • 17. Principles of Tissue Culture and Micropropagation
  • 18. Techniques for Micropropagation
  • 19. Propagation Methods and Rootstocks for Fruit and Nut Species
  • 20. Propagation of Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines
  • 21. Propagation of Selected Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials Used As Ornamentals
  • Subject Index
  • Plant Index, Scientific Names
  • Plant Index, Common Names


New to this edition

Expanded color figures throughout–90%+ of this edition’s images and illustrations are either new or enhanced

  • Helps students learn techniques and concepts more rapidly and effectively  

More thorough coverage of advanced topics–including extensive updates to this book’s references and “Getting More in Depth on the Subject” sections

  • Enables students to delve more deeply into key topics than ever before 

Reflects significant scientific progress–including advances in plant hormone biology and the molecular understanding of plant growth and development

  • Prepares students to understand the newest science and innovations  

Covers the latest techniques and technologies for controlling commercial propagation environment–including important new engineering, computerization, and mechanization systems for propagation

  • Positions students to utilize today’s most effective commercial propagation systems

 Updates propagation techniques for specific crops–includingfruit and nut species; ornamental trees, shrubs, and woody vines; and selected annuals and herbaceous perennials

  • Gives students reliable and current information for whatever plant propagation requirements they may encounter 

New! Study questions at the end of each chapter–designed to complement keywords provided in page margins and web-based student resources at www.prenhall.com/hartmann

  • Provides the detailed review students need to thoroughly master key principles and techniques

Features & benefits

Paired practical and conceptual chapters–alternate the principles underlying the science of propagation alternate with the technical practices and skills used for commercial plant propagation

  • Students first learn key concepts, and are then given the practical techniques and “how-to, hands-on” lab practice they need to translate those concepts into success in the field

Clear chapter introductions and objectives–help students understand exactly what they will learn in each chapter, and why it is important

  • Prepares students to learn more quickly, efficiently, and successfully 

Discussion items, keyword lists, in-depth boxed efatures, and extensive references–promote a deeper and more thorough understanding of the entire field

  • Helps students learn more about any topic they are interested in 

Comprehensive coverage–from historical background and basic plant biology concepts through environmental impact and both seed (sexual) and vegetative (clonal) propagation

  • Gives students a single-source resource for all the principles and practical knowledge they need to succeed with plant propagation 

Thorough reference chapters on specific propagation methods–for fruit, herbaceous annual and perennials, and woody plants, respectively

  • Allows students to simply look up the correct propagation method for hundreds of plants — making this book an indispensable working reference for years to come
Author biography

Dale E. Kester is Professor of Pomology emeritus at the University of California, Davis. During his 40 years at the University of California he taught courses in plant propagation and pomology. He has been a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science, becoming a Fellow in 1977. He received jointly the Stark Award in 1980. He has published over 100 research and popular publications in plant propagation and pomology. He has had a lifelong collaboration with Dr. Hudson T. Hartmann which resulted in the publication of the first edition of Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices in 1959, followed by other editions in 1968, 1975, 1983, and 1990. One of the founders of the Western Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society (1960), he has served the society in various capacities including Vice-President, program chair (1996) and President (1997). He received the Curtis J. Alley Achievement Award in 1999.


Fred T. Davies, Jr., Professor of Horticultural Sciences, and Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Texas A&M University, has taught courses in plant propagation and nursery production and management since 1979. He has co-authored over 100 research and technical publications. He was a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Mexico (1993) and Peru (1999), and a J.S. Guggenheim Fellow (1999). He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Nursery Crops from the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (1989), L.M. Ware Distinguished Research Award-ASHS-SR (1995), and S.B. Meadows Award of Merit-International Plant Propagator's Society-SR (1994). He is a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching-TAMU (1997), Chancellor of Agriculture's Award in Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching-TAMU (1998), L.M. Ware Distinguished Teaching Award, ASHS-SR (1998), and L.C. Chadwick Educator's Award, American Nursery and Landscape Association (1999). He is the International Division Vice-President-ASHS. He was President, and is currently Editor, of the IPPS-SR.


Robert L. Geneve is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in plant propagation and seed biology. He has co-authored over 70 scientific and technical articles in seed biology, cutting propagation, and tissue culture. He is also the co-editor of the book Biotechnology of Ornamental Plants and author of A Book of Blue Flowers. He has served as a board member for the International Plant Propagators' Society-Eastern Region and serves on the Editor for the international horticulture journal, Scientia Horticulturae.