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Companion Planting Provides a More Natural Environment for Plants to Thrive In
by Chip Phelan

Companion planting is a highly effective technique for organic gardeners. From controlling pests naturally to improving the flavor of your vegetables, companion planting is an easy and environmentally friendly way to manage your organic garden.

If you look closely at the natural landscape, you’ll never see a large area populated by a single species. Why then would it make sense to plant a single crop in a field or in a section of your garden? It doesn’t. Companion planting makes a lot of sense. Read full text...

 

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Germination Requirements - Perennials
Document in PDF format listing the germination requirements and duration for several hundred perennials, sorted to genus level. [PDF]
Gibberellic Acid for Fruit Set and Seed Germination
Gibberellins are potent growth hormones sometimes used to induce germination in recalcitrant seeds. This article by John M. Riley discusses uses and provides some basic recipes.
Gibberellic Acid-3 Information Kit
Background information on using the plant hormone to induce germination, with instructions for two methods, as well as safety information. Also sells kits for the home gardener.
Grow a Pine Tree From Seed
Detailed instructions on the entire process from seed collection and viability testing to sowing and maintenance the seedlings. Primary focus is on Coulter pine.
Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database
Information on propagation techniques for selected Hawaiian indigenous and endemic plants.
Henry Kuska
Retired professor presents in-depth information on his rose hybridizing and germination techniques, along with photos of the results.
How to Germinate Seed
Bonsai enthusiast Brent Walston explains the fundamentals of germinating woody species, emphasizing the requirement to break down germination inhibitors.
Jelitto Germination Tips and Tricks
Provides insight on germinating seeds.
Kentucky Cooperative Extension - Common Landscape Plants
Describes asexual methods for propagating plants in and around the home and includes drawings and instructions for building a cold frame.
Landscape Propagation
Provides instructions on how to reproduce plants including amaryllis, narcissus, daffodils, lilies (by bulb section, scales and seed) and perennials, house plants, roses, vines, trees and shrubs (by root, stem and leaf cuttings).

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