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Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  25 reviews
“Everything a plant parent needs to take their plant collection—and plant knowledge—to the next level.” —Maria Failla, founder, Bloom & Grow Radio podcast
Do you have a passion for houseplants? A desire to grow more tomatoes? Do you want a garden bursting with colorful flowers? No matter what kind of plant fan you are, it’s easy to make more of your favorite plants—a
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Timber Press
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Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This beautifully illustrated book covers some basic botany, as well as all aspects of propagation, including a table with preferred methods of propagation for a variety of different plants, descriptions of a variety of growing media and potting options, the use of rooting powder, humidity domes, heat mats, automatic propagators, and lighting and temperature requirements, Not limited to houseplants, instructions are also included on starting annuals, edibles, and perennials from seed and spores, ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I learned so much from Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers. I used to propagate my plants using a stem cutting. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I tried numerous times to propagate from a leaf but it never worked. Now I understand why and what I need to do to rectify all these situations.

Halleck begins with an in-depth discussion about how plants propagate and how to start with seeds or vegetative propagation. She then provides an extensive cha
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
A good primer for those of us who love plants and want to have more of them. Halleck explains various methods of plant propagation, including seeds and different kinds of cuttings. Various ways of caring for baby plants are also described. Basically it's everything you need to know in order to make more plants from the ones you already own (or the ones someone else owns, if they are willing to give you a cutting!).
Bonnye Reed
Excellent advice on propagating new house and garden plants from old. I found this helpful with plants I am not completely familiar with, as well as some of the tips on planting seeds. Thank you!

I received a free electronic copy of this self-help book from Netgalley, Leslie F. Halleck, and Timber Press. Thank you for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this book of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work.

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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, e-arc, non-fiction
This book was not what I expected. IT IS BETTER. I was expecting learning about ways to create more plants, and yes, it was definitely about that and so much more. It feels like instead of Plants 101 I got the entire course! There is so much information in this book, so many techniques and tools and eco friendly container options and charts and I never expected it could entail this much! I mean I could’ve expected that because it has a whooping 264 pages crammed full with info, and it actually t ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this highly enough if you are like me and looking to experiment with the process of creating your ideal garden. I collect seeds everywhere, order from online and have little cups of water rooting spider plants all around my house. This has expanded my understanding of how certain plants will propagate and the right tools to do so. The pictures are instructive, and some of the homemade containers are really interesting. If a plant can reproduce in any way, I feel like this book ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plant Parenting is the perfect resource book for anyone who enjoys plants and to propagate them successfully.
The very first plant cutting I took was from my mother’s house. Twenty years after her death, her plant is still alive and heathy sitting on my windowsill. I was fortunate to have this living memory become a part of my household. I haven’t had much success with other plants I tried to propagate, such as succulents. But after reading this book, I realized my mistakes and look forward to fu
Rhonda Howard
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me say the title hooked me. Plants are my babies! Who doesn’t want more and more and more? Yes, I can look up dozens of sites for each individual plant to find out how to propagate them.. But to have so much information in one place with just the turn of a page, my heart melts. Definitely one for the gardener’s shelf!
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Plant Parenting is the ultimate beginner’s book, even if you have a black thumb like mine.

While you can go anywhere in this book for advice, it begins by giving you a mini lesson on plant biology and what they need to live; which obviously I need, seeing as how I keep killing all of my plants. Then it goes not only into what tools you will need, but how to make some of your own tools and equipment.

The author takes the time to give us cheap, yet effective alternative to pots and glass seedling
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
"Plant Parenting" provides tips and step-by-step instructions on how to successfully grow plants from seeds, bulbs, cuttings, division, and more. The author started by explaining what tools are useful for plant propagation and how they're used. She then explained how to grow plants using many different methods: seeds (included seeds that are difficult to start), bulbs, tubers, water or soil rooting from cuttings (stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, etc.), using layering, through division, and more. Th ...more
Ms. Arca
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This provided a lot of helpful background and went into arenas I didn’t even realize existed in the plant propagating world. As a total beginner, there were still parts that felt interesting to me, and other parts that felt totally over my head. I think that means this book is one that would be useful to many and that you could grow with as you tried out more and learned more. At the same time, all of the tools (there was some very fancy lighting set ups!) made me feel like maybe this wasn’t som ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was beyond informative. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick up a shovel and a pile of dirt or go to the nearest home improvement store. The author has great ideas about how to get more plants when you have access to one. Weather it’s from collecting seeds after the growing season to cloning your favorite plant, this book has it all. The beginning reads more like a science book but the back third has informative pictures to help explain. I wish there were more pictures throughout the book ...more
Denice Langley
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are taught in biology class that most plants have everything necessary to propagate and multiply. In the real world where your home is not climate controlled for specific regions or you over or under water that very expensive plant that you had to have, we all need help to make the most out of the "green" parts of our lives. My husband is very fond of saying, "instead of buying the plan, just throw that $20 bill in the trash and save the middleman". Well, no more. I've already successfully st ...more
Alicia Bayer
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic resource for anyone who ever wanted to make more plants -- whether that's by taking cuttings of a friend's houseplant, growing flowers from seeds, dividing a crowded bunch of irises, rooting fallen leaves from succulents or more difficult processes.

As a gardener and houseplant lover, I am fairly educated on making new plants. I've transplanted elderberry runners into my back yard, rooted geranium cuttings from the post office to make a bunch of pretty summer plants for the g
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you consider yourself a serious home gardener, then this book is what you truly need. It’s full of information on finding the right species to use, soil, light, and water to be successful at propagation. Mostly focusing on outdoor plants, flowers, and vegetables, this book explains the best ways to avoid disappointment and failures and waste your time and money. Consider this book fertilizer for the mind.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Timber Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

I loved the information in this book but the colour palette makes it very hard to read and call out details.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Various methods of propagation are discussed along with when each method would be preferred. Handy charts are included for determining which plants can be propagated in which ways, ideal temperatures for seed germination for various popular plants and common plant pests and diseases. I appreciated that the author includes not only products sold specifically for plants, but also includes many repurposed items that do the job just as well. Each propagation method is covered clearly along with illu ...more
Ramona Mead
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: advanced-copies
This fun guide goes beyond the basics to educate and equip plant owners who want to propagate their house plants. The author gives in depth yet straightforward instructions, aided by clear drawings and photographs. All process are outlined step by step. This definitely provides a ton more information than I expected to get when I selected the book, and will be a great reference book for plant owners to keep on hand.

Many thanks to NetGalley for my digital advanced copy of this book in exchange fo
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all, the photos were beautiful. There was a lot of information overall, but I found much of it would not be helpful to the average person and definitely not to a beginner. I also found that the author gave a lot of minutiae about some things and was very vague about others, often in areas that I felt warranted more information. The major chart in the book was interesting but I think she should have applied it to her individual sections and let you know specific listings of plants in eac ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Plant Parenting - Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers by Leslie F. Halleck could also be titled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Plant Propagation. It is an intensive and extensive look at plant reproduction ranging from beginner to the more sophisticated methods. This is the second book I have read by Leslie F. Halleck. I thought the book would be thorough which it is. Plant Parenting answers all questions on plant reproduction that one could think to ask. Whethe
Leslie Halleck
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Always strange to review your own book, but hopefully it offers insights into the purpose of the book.

My approach to "Plant Parenting" was to offer up very visual and simplified (yet comprehensive enough) explanations for how to propagate many types of plants. While I tend to be a technical and scientific writer, my goal was to make this topic fun and accessible, for both total beginners and those who have experience, but perhaps haven't yet tried, or weren't successful at, different methods. I
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, net-galley
*I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

I always have strong aspirations when it comes to gardening and plants, yet most things I have tried to grow have died. I even made an Aloe Vera plant literally explode (and they are apparently really hard to kill). This book is a little more advanced than I thought it was going to be, going in depth about how to propagate and transplant plants and take care of them from pests and other issues.

I really loved all of the photos inc
Carol Dass
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, netgalley-read
How I wish I had had this book when I had my garden in England! I loved propagating plants, using various methods depending on the plant. Now I live in Minnesota in a town house and have no garden, but that will not stop me from recommending this book! I already have it down as a Christmas present for my niece and two friends. The book is clearly written, with great explanations of the different propagation methods.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and o
The Shakti Witch
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Very basic but stylishly photographed beginners guide to both indoors and outdoor garden plants. Includes all propagation techniques, seed raising and collection, and pest and disease control.

*arc from netgalley.
Kari Marie
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This had a lot of information. I didn't know what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I thought this was going to tell me how to take care of certain plants this was less specific. I just need to read descriptions better.
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Leslie F. Halleck is a certified professional horticulturist (ASHS), and avid lifetime gardener, who has spent her 25+ year career hybridizing horticulture science with home gardening consumer needs. Halleck earned a B.S. in Biology/Botany from The University of North Texas and an M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University. Halleck's professional experience is well-rounded, with time spen ...more