The e-book was the
subject of a review in the prestigious RHS Plantsman magazine in
September 2011. The following are extracts from that
Electronic books are
now widespread, especially in the fiction market ... However, they
are not widespread in horticulture, .... This e-book on
chrysanthemums is therefore a pioneering work.
There are chapters on
history in cultivation, obtaining stock, potting composts,
propagation, bed preparation, bloom protection and exhibiting. The
bulk of the chapters present detailed cultural information on each
class of chrysanthemum. There are also appendices on
micropropagation, beneficial fungi, hot
water treatment, sports, fertilisers, pests and diseases, and
As you can see, it
is aimed primarily at the exhibition grower.
The strength of this
e-book lies in the fact that it is written by two experienced
growers and their extensive knowledge is conveniently distilled into
its pages. It is also jam-packed with clear photographs illustrating
most aspects discussed in the text, including numerous pictures of
recommended cultivars hyperlinked to the cultivation tables. Indeed,
hyperlinks are used throughout to aid navigation.
Although the subject
matter may not appeal to many readers of The Plantsman, this is a
notable step forward in horticultural publishing.