Horticulture: Principles and Practices

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For undergraduate-level courses in Introductory Horticulture and Principles of Crop Production. Written from the point of view of the horticulturalist, this comprehensive introduction to horticulture as a science, art, and business explores the four general areas of horticulture - ornamental horticulture, fruit culture, vegetable culture, and landscape architecture - and covers all the essential principles and practices of horticulture pertaining to indoor and outdoor production. The emphasis throughout is on the underlying science - including current technology - and how it is applied in practical horticulture. * Horticulture as a science, an art, and as a business. * 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. * An emphasis on the basic principles and practices of horticulture. * Minimizes regional and national biases. * An exploration of the four general areas of horticulture - Ornamental horticulture, fruit culture, vegetable culture, and landscape architecture. * Introduces students to the full range of horticultural topics. * All the essential principles and practices of horticulture pertaining to indoor and outdoor production. * An integration of the underlying science and practice of horticulture - Including current technology. * Extensive illustration program - Features 600 photographs and line drawings with comprehensive captions, and numerous detailed tables. * A consistent pedagogic format in each chapter - Chapter objectives or purpose; Expected outcomes; An Overview; Clear headings and subheadings; Highlighted, defined, and cross-referenced key words and terms; Brief summary; List of literature; List of key words and terms used; Suggested practice activities; Multi-part Outcomes Assessment for self-evaluation - organized at three levels of difficulty to test knowledge of facts and ideas as well as synthesis and application. * Keeps students focused as they study each chapter and provides convenient in-text resources for review and self-assessment. * A glossary.

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Now in its third 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.

Chapters are organized into six main parts:

The Underlying Science

What Is Horticulture?; Classifying and Naming Horticultural Plants; Plant Anatomy; Plant Growth Environment; Plant Physiology; Plant Genetics and Improvement; Postharvest Handling and Marketing of Horticultural Products

Protecting Horticultural Plants

Biological Enemies of Horticultural Plants; Principles and Methods of Disease and Pest Control

Propagating Horticultural Plants

Sexual Propagation; Asexual Propagation

Growing Plants Indoors

Growing Houseplants; Terrarium Culture: Bonsai: The Art of Miniature Plant Culture; Controlled-Environment Horticulture; Growing Succulents Growing Plants Outdoors: Ornamentals Principles of Landscaping: Nursery Production and Installation of the Landscape; Turf Production and Use; Pruning; Maintenance of the Landscape and Garden; Cut and Dried Flowers: Production and Arranging Growing Plants Outdoors: Vegetables, Fruits, and Nuts

Growing Vegetables; Herb Gardening; Organic Fanning; Management of Selected Fruit Trees, Nuts, and Small Fruits

This text is particularly useful for undergraduate courses in introductory horticulture, introductory plant science, and principles of crop production. Additional resources are available to instructors who adopt this text for a course.

About the Author:

George Acquaah is Professor and Chair of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Langston University. A well-known researcher, educator, and author in the field, he is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for excellence in research, teaching, and publishing, including the USDA Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences and the coveted Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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