Book Reviews of Propagate Your Own Plants.

1. "This useful guide to plant propagation is divided into two main parts, 'General Propagation and Care of Plants' and 'Individual Plant Selection.' The first section is a broad survey covering all kinds of propagation, rooting mediums for cuttings, units for rooting cuttings, and instructions for potting rooted cuttings. Also included here are short sections dealing with basic plant care, insect pests and their control, plant diseases and their control, and a short discussion of the preparation of herb teas. The book's second part is a very interesting and eclectic list of special plants, their histories, characteristics, and instructions on how to grow them. In these 88 pages one can learn about acacia, filbert, horehound, and persimmon, to name only a few of the plants listed. The book ends with a list of retail nursery sources, a bibliography, and an index. The succinct style and clear directions, along with the excellent line drawings, make this an engrossing reference work and a good source of new ideas." (Tilth: Biological Agriculture in the Northwest, vol. 5, no. 2, Summer 1979)

2. "Propagate Your Own Plants by Wilma James is designed for the new or advanced gardner who wants to multiply indoor and outdoor plants at the lowest possible cost. This well-illustrated book guides the reader in selecting, propagating and caring for sturdy American natives, all-time favorites and useful herbs, emphasizing those species and varieties which are easily reproduced from their own vegetation. The book...contains 130 illustrations by Arla Lippsmeyer, a professionally trained artist who resides in Sacramento.

"The author explains in detail modern methods of multiplying plants from cuttings, runners, division, rhizomes, layering, suckers and offsets. Included in the text is basic information on plant origins, growth habits, composting, potting, mulching, organic pest and disease controls as well as ways to utilize health-producing plants. James, who has 40 years of practical experience with plants, also is the author of Know Your Poisonous Plants from the same publisher and has authored 300 articles on plant and nature topics in a wide range of periodicals." (Jim Drummond, "Bookshelf," Orange County News, Anaheim, California, Sept. 28, 1978)

3. "If you've always been a little intimidated by the idea of propagating your favorite plants--or have not been very lucky when you tried it--then the newest book by Wilma James is the answer to your prayers. With fine illustrations by Arla Lippsmeyer, Propagate Your Own Plants is designed for both the new or advanced gardener who wants to multiply indoor and outdoor plants at the lowest possible cost. And what could be less costly than taking bits and pieces of plants you already have?

"The Sacramento women deserve accolades for this very readable book. Ms. James shows how to do cuttings with simple instructions to that even a purple-thumb novice can take cuttings successfully. She explains in detail modern methods for multiplying plants from cuttings, runners, division rhizomes, layering, suckers and offsets. Then, from A -- for acacia -- to Z -- actually she ends with Y for yucca -- she talks about plant origins, growth habits, composting, organic pests and disease control in the best-known American natives.

"If that all sounds a little dreary, rest assured that it is not. Ms. James style is easy to read and to understand. And what finally sets this marvelous little paperback book above others like it are the 130 line drawings by illustrator Arla Lippsmeyer. Her how-to drawings are especially well-done.

"This is the second collaboration by James and Lippsmeyer. Their first was Know Your Poisonous Plants (Naturegraph 1973). The dynamic duo is well-known among plant fans in the Bay area. Ms. James has 40 years of practical experience and has published about 300 articles on plant and nature topics. Once a teacher, she holds a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University. Ms. Lippsmeyer, a professionally trained artist, also lives in Sacramento." (Joan Jackson, "The Garden Plot," San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 20, 1978)

4. "The gardener who wants to multiply his plants fast at the lowest cost will find help in Propagate Your Own Plants by Wilma James. Complete propagation methods, as well as individual plant descriptions and line drawings, cover basic requirements of more than 700 plants, many native to the Northwest. Emphasis is on varieties that reproduce easily from their own vegetation to assure that each is identical to its parent." (Muriel Orans, The Sunday Oregonian, April 22, 1978)