Growing Trees from Seed: A Practical Guide to Growing Native Trees, Vines and Shrubs

Category: Book
By (author): Aird, Paul
By (author): Ambrose, John
By (author): Kock, Henry
Subject:  GARDENING / General
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry
Publisher: Firefly Books
Published: August 2008
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 11.00in x 8.50in x 1.00in
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$ 49.95
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From The Publisher*

Native trees grow much faster than non-native trees. But even experienced horticulturists can be mystified about how nature sows and germinates seeds especially acorns and walnuts.

Thanks to this book, any gardener can now grow trees from seeds within as little as ten years. The secrets are to know what seeds to collect and how to prepare and plant them. From their extensive knowledge, the authors guide the reader in identifying native trees, vines and shrubs and describe howto propagate them.

Growing Trees from Seed covers the ecology, abundance, fruit characteristics and edibility of the more than 200 species discussed in this book. There is expert guidance on when to gather fruits, how to extract seeds from the fruit, and when and how to treat and germinate the seed, plus information on transplanting and expected growth rate. Alerts throughout the book identify closely related non-native species now common to various regions.

Many illustrations and descriptions help the reader with plant identification. A seed-treatment guide provides a handy reference.

Among the trees, vines and shrubs covered are:

  • Alders
  • Beeches
  • Berries
  • Birches
  • Cedars
  • Cherries
  • Chestnuts
  • Clematis
  • Dogwoods
  • Elms
  • Firs and pines
  • Hickories
  • Junipers
  • Laurels
  • Maples
  • Oaks
  • Plums
  • Poplars
  • Spruces
  • Walnuts
  • Willows.

There is no better guidebook on how to grow native trees from seed.

From The Publisher*It is possible to grow trees from seed within a decade - the secret is to know what seeds to collect and how to prepare and plant them. This book is a well-illustrated guide to the identification and propagation of native trees.
Review Quote*If there were popularity contests for plants, trees would doubtless be the winners. Of all the books on trees, [this is one] of my favorites.... This groundbreaking guide provides all the information gardeners need on these native plants. It covers everything from the ecology of plants to seed collecting, seed planting, and growing natives. Illustrated with color photos and line art, it profiles over 200 native species [and] makes a valuable contribution to the natives versus invasives debate.
Review Quote*I get a lot of gardening books at work, but very few of them get to come home with me. Growing Trees from Seed is one of them.
Review Quote*I have been growing trees from seed since 1952... I wish this book had been available to me when I began, so that I could have avoided making all my own mistakes!... Throughout the book, Kock shows an acute awareness of the virtues of native trees.... Growing Trees from Seed is not merely a how-to gives the reader a context, philosophy, and background that I have not often seen elsewhere.
Review Quote*[Kock] and his co-authors cover the ecology, abundance, fruit characteristics and edibility of more than 200 trees, vines and shrubs... The text includes 70 colour photographs and 240 black-and-white illustrations to help with identification.
Review Quote*I grew a native magnolia from seed once after taking a course at the Royal Botanical Gardens... I nursed it through three seasons before I killed it by moving it at the wrong time. To avoid such foolish mistakes,[this] book might be your best companion.
Review Quote*Starting a tree from a seed is not just rewarding. It's a way to vegetate your landscape cheaply while fighting global warming and perserving biodiversity. For Henry became an obsession. He spent more than two decades learning the singular germination needs of various native trees and shrubs, and decided he would share his secrets with others in a new book.
Review Quote*If you want to know how to look after plants, there was never a better person to ask [than Henry Kock]. He could take the complex bits and pieces of horticulture and make you understand the parts you need to know. The secrets of trees are secrets no longer... Kock helps us understand the how and why of it all. Three of Kock's colleagues, Paul Aird, John Ambrose and Gerry Waldron, are to be thanked for taking an almost complete book and pulling it together so well. It's a grand testament to Henry's life.
Review Quote*A gardener's most optimistic acct of faith is growing trees from seed. And growing native trees is even more crucial in these times of shrinking biodiversity. A devout champion of our native flora, the late horticulturist Henry Kock was working on this book when he died in 2005; now Growing Trees from Seed has been completed by his colleagues Paaul Aird, John Ambrose and Gerald Waldon. Drawing on Kock's deep knowledge, keen eye and dry wit, it contains all you need to know about collecting, storing, germinating and nurturing the seeds of our very future.