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August 15, 2011
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A production guide for everyone


At last — a publication about growing perennial plants for commercial
production! Herbaceous Perennials Production is a book that will interest
novice and experienced commercial growers, advanced hobbyists, and
floriculture and horticulture students.

herbaceousAug. 15, 2011 – At last — a publication about growing perennial plants for commercial
production! In Herbaceous Perennials Production: A Guide from
Propagation to Marketing
, Dr. Leonard Perry of the University of Vermont
Cooperative Extension System has created a book that will interest
novice and experienced commercial growers, advanced hobbyists, and
floriculture and horticulture students.

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Herbaceous Perennials Production is a comprehensive information source
that considers the diversity of situations encountered by growers in
businesses of all sizes. The 220-page book maintains a focus on
production and contains information that until now was available only in
piecemeal form. It discusses the basics-such as taxonomy and
nomenclature, plant hardiness, the physical needs of crops, and types of
irrigation systems-as well as cutting-edge, research-based information
about perennial propagation and production. The focus is on nursery and
greenhouse production of field or container perennials, but the
greenhouse plug and bedding plant methods of production are covered as
well.

Key chapters in the book discuss production systems and schedules,
propagation (including media, nutrients, environmental requirements, and
methods), plug production, transplant and seedling care, nursery and
field production, and pest control (including deer and small animals). A
chapter about forcing out-of-season bloom includes up-to-date
information about research on this topic as well as a table of specific
forcing requirements for over 120 perennial species and cultivars.
Practical discussions about starting a business, marketing and customer
service, setting prices for plants, and designing a production facility
are included as well.

The publication also features a lengthy 51-page appendix that details
propagation methods and requirements for hundreds of species. Other
appendixes cover optimum germination conditions for specific perennials
and biennials, pests and diseases, and useful calculations and
conversions. Thirty-eight figures, 45 tables, a glossary, and a
references section supplement the text. This book is sure to be a
valuable addition to any grower's bookshelf.

Dr. Leonard Perry has been growing perennials in the United States for
twenty-eight years, both in the South and in the North. He has spent
summers working in industry and at the renowned Longwood Gardens in
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Since 1981, he has been with the extension
system at the University of Vermont, working directly with the industry
and region, speaking at meetings locally and internationally, and
touring perennial gardens and nurseries worldwide. His research during
his tenure in Vermont has covered all aspects of perennial culture,
particularly overwintering and hardiness.

For more information or to buy this book, visit the Annex Bookstore.


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