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Horticulture

Principles and Practices
4th Edition

George Acquaah

Jun 2008, Hardback, 816 pages
ISBN13: 9780131592476
ISBN10: 0131592475
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Now in its fourth edition, Horticulture: Principles and Practices continues to explore horticulture as a science, an art, and a business, meeting the practical information needs of everyone involved in the discipline – from the small urban gardener/hobbyist to the large-scale producer. Hailed by many as the leading text of its kind and the best introductory horticulture book available today, this new edition is completely updated to include the latest developments and newest technologies. New features include two sets of sixteen-page color inserts, over 150 new photos, and Industry Highlights provided by twelve horticulture experts. The color inserts are directly and effectively tied to the text and are referenced throughout.

I. THE UNDERLYING SCIENCE.

1. What Is Horticulture?

2. Classifying and Naming Horticultural Products.

3. Plant Anatomy.

4. Plant Growth Environment.

5. Plant Physiology.

6. Breeding Horticultural Plants

II. PROTECTING HORTICULTURAL PLANTS.

7. Biological Enemies of Horticultural Plants.

8. Principles and Methods of Disease and Pest Control.

III. PROPAGATING HORTICULTURAL PLANTS.

9. Sexual Propagation.

10. Asexual Propagation.

IV. GROWING PLANTS INDOORS.

11. Growing Houseplants.

12. Controlled-Environment Horticulture.

13. Greenhouse Production

14. Growing Succulents.

V. GROWING PLANTS OUTDOORS: ORNAMENTALS.

15. Principles of Landscaping.

16. Nursery Production.

17. Installation of the Landscape

18. Turf Production and Use.

19. Pruning.

VI. GROWING PLANTS OUTDOORS: VEGETABLES, FRUITS, AND NUTS.

20. Growing Vegetables Outdoors.

21. Herb Gardening.

22. Organic Farming.

23. Establishment and Management of an Orchard

VII. SPECIAL TECHNIQUES AND HANDLING OF HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS.

24. Floral Design.

25. Terrarium Culture

26. Bonsai: The Art of Miniature Plant Culture

27. Post-Harvest Handling of Horticultural Products

For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Horticulture, Introduction to Plant Science, and Principles of Crop Production.

This comprehensive introduction to horticulture as a science, art, and business covers all the essential principles and practices of the field. It discusses aspects pertaining to both indoor and outdoor production and provides sound scientific background of modern horticulture. Vividly illustrated throughout, the emphasis is on the underlying science-including current technology-and how it is applied in practical horticulture. This edition has been significantly revised to include four new chapters, a reorganized Part 7 and contributions from leading industry professionals.

Hallmark Features

Discusses the science, art, and business of horticulture.

  • Helps students develop a broad understanding of all the dimensions of the field, showing how they are interconnected, and expanding their view of the opportunities available.

Provides a broad overview of basic principles and practices.

  • Minimizes regional and national biases and gives consistent treatment to the basics of horticulture.
  • Presents materials that are appropriate for both small- and large-scale production.

Includes coverage of indoor and outdoor production—see Part IV and Part V.

  • Familiarizes students with all aspects of horticultural production.

Blends both science and practice—by discussing plant taxonomy, anatomy, growth environment, physiology, and genetics.

  • Introduces students to the role of these disciplines and how they are applied to increase performance.

Offers an extensive illustration program—featuring 600 photographs and line drawings with comprehensive captions, and numerous detailed tables.

  • Provides students with visual reinforcement of concepts that facilitate learning.
  • Gives instructors sufficient visuals to support their lectures.

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