The subtitle describes the scope of the text: ""How to increase the number of plants in your home and garden by division, grafting, budding, rooting, cutting, sowing seeds and spores"". And the fact that each step is illustrated and that there are 350 photographs and 11 line drawings indicates that the how-to factor is well sustained. Montague Free's authoritative position in the gardening world puts the final stamp on a book that should be an essential reference tool for the gardener one step removed from the beginner. Basically, he stresses two methods:- sexually, by seeds and spores; asexually, by use of the vegetative parts. He supplies the amateur with enough data on the importance of special handling to ensure proper germination; on the necessity of knowledge to explain the fact that some plants do not come true from seed; on new and unusual methods that are being developed- and that eventually may be commonly accepted; on rooting mediums and equipment. But the bulk of both text and pictures concerns itself with sowing seeds and spores indoors and out, growing orchids from seed, trees and shrubs from seed, and on the methods of propagation from stems, leaves, roots and even the fruit of plants.