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Ornamental Palm Horticulture
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Comprehensive in scope and based on research from worldwide sources, Ornamental Palm Horticulture presents virtually everything ever published about the subject in a concise, readable format, illustrated with 110 color plates and 81 black-and-white photographs. The first complete treatment of palms, the book covers palm biology, palm propagation, environmental influences, mineral nutrition and fertilization, insect and disease pests, container and field production, transplanting, and landscape and interiorscape management. With more than 200 of the world's 2,700-plus palm species under cultivation, commercial palm production has become a major horticultural industry in Florida. Large numbers of palms are also produced in Hawaii, California, Texas, and other warm regions of the world. They have become an integral part of the tropical and subtropical landscape, valued for their unique designs and complex forms of stems and leaves. With varieties from 100 feet high to dwarf-sized, they are also popular indoor plants. While much of the research cited was done in Florida, the authors supplement it with information from other palm-growing regions of the world, making Ornamental Palm Horticulture a useful reference wherever palms are grown. Indispensable for commercial producers and landscapers, this colorful book also will be welcomed by the thousands of palm enthusiasts who maintain collections of palms in greenhouses and interior spaces and by the millions of homeowners whose yards are blessed with palms.
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Timothy K. Broschat, professor of environmental horticulture at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, is coauthor of Betrock's Reference Guide to Florida Landscape Plants. Alan W. Meerow, senior research plant geneticist with USDA-ARS in Miami, Florida, is the author of Betrock's Landscape Palms. Monica L. Elliott, professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, is coauthor of Compendium of Ornamental Palm Diseases and Disorders.

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Praise for the first edition "Avid recreational gardeners, designers, and nursery professionals who enjoy growing dramatic ornamental palms will welcome this comprehensive manual comprising palm biology, propagation techniques, cultural requirements, and overall care."--Booklist "A valuable resource for commercial producers, landscapers, palm enthusiasts, and homeowners."--Florida Gardening "Especially good on pests, diseases and nutritional needs. . . . Offers information for the beginning palm grower as well as the professional."--Miami Herald "Provides in-depth information that should delight palm enthusiasts."--Daytona Beach News-Journal "Effectively illustrates propagation features and disease symptoms. . . . This is the most comprehensive book to date for serious growers."--Choice

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