A production guide for everyone

August 15, 2011
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.

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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