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We have compiled the list of Best Reference Books on Horticulture subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of best books on Horticulture along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Horticulture subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on “Horticulture” as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

List of Horticulture Books with author’s names, publishers, and an unbiased review as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books.

1. Basic Horticulture

1. “Horticulture-Principles and Practices” by George Acquaah

“Horticulture-Principles and Practices” Book Review: This book provides enough coverage, up to point solutions as well as sufficient exercises for the readers desiring to gain maximum knowledge after the completion of the book. Provided in the fourth edition of the book are chapters like Principles and Practices of Horticulture, horticulture as a science, an art, and a business meeting etc. Plethora of examples are included in every chapter of the book. Small scale urban gardener or hobbyist to a large scale producer, everyone can benefit from the book. Around 150 new photos for illustrative purposes are also included in the book.

2. “Introduction to Horticulture” by Kumar N

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“Introduction to Horticulture” Book Review: This book is written by keeping in mind the beginners or the students who are just introduced to the subject of horticulture. A thorough research has been provided on the topic in-order for the students to grasp the concepts better. Many examples are provided in the subsequent chapters of the book. This is the seventh edition of the book and it has been fully revised as well as updated according to industry norms and modern developments in the field of horticulture. It can also be used for UPSE preparation.

3. “Introductory Horticulture” by Christopher E P

“Introductory Horticulture” Book Review: This book is a teaching aid as well as a practical guide for undergraduate students pursuing the subject of horticulture. It is the result of several years of experience and research of the author. Important concepts such as management of horticultural systems, Vegetable production, globalisation, environmental protection, Environmental issues demand research and urbanisation are covered extensively by the author in this textbook.

4. “Basic Horticulture” by Jitendra Singh

“Basic Horticulture” Book Review: Covering 456 pages and 24 different chapters, this book describes the basics of horticulture in the most lucid manner possible. Designed and written specifically for students enrolled in agri-horti degree programs, this book covers topics related to Horticultural Crop Production and Management, Landscapes, Gardens, and Urban Horticulture and Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics among many others.

5. “Basics of Horticulture” by K V Peter

“Basics of Horticulture” Book Review: This book is intended for people who are meeting the subject for the first time. It gives full coverage of the core and optional material from many examination syllabuses and is particularly relevant to students enrolled in horticulture courses all over the country. Major features include: Plant and Post-harvest Physiology, Community Food Systems and Agroecology and many more. Summaries are also provided for each chapter in the book.

6. “Basics of Horticulture” by Arumugam Vadivel

“Basics of Horticulture” Book Review: This book provides a clear explanation and a wide overview on the topic of Horticulture and it’s related sub-domains. This book is targeted for undergraduate engineering students enrolled in a course of horticulture as well as agriculture. Other important chapters contained in the book include floriculture and greenhouses, fruits, vegetables, Nursery, specialty crops and many more related concepts.

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7. “Basic Plant Pathology Methods” by James B Sinclair and Onkar Dev Dhingra

“Basic Plant Pathology Methods” Book Review: This book covers descriptions and chapters on a plethora of topics on basics of horticulture that includes different features of orchard, tools and implements used in horticulture and propagation methods. Other significant topics included in the book are seeds, cutting, layering, budding, grafting, tissue culture, micropropagation protocol, bearing habits, training and pruning types, special practices, maturity indices for various horticultural crops as well as post harvest handling practices. This book would be beneficial for degree students, academicians, scientists, farmers and those interested in the subject of Horticulture.

8. “Horticulture: A Basic Awareness” by Robert F Baudendistel

“Horticulture: A Basic Awareness” Book Review: The book on the subject of Horticulture is revised as well as included with numerous new figures, culture media, and additional methods for working with a greater number of organisms. Other things which have been updated in the book are Scientific names of pathogens and some of their hosts. Topics like Establishment of disease and testing for disease resistance, Long-term storage of plant pathogens, Detection and estimation of inoculum for 28 soilborne fungal pathogens and 5 bacterial genera-15 methods for airborne inoculum and 13 methods for seedborne pathogens are also provided in subsequent chapters of the book.

9. “Hydroponic Basics” by George F Van Patten

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“Hydroponic Basics” Book Review: This book provides an overview of the topics of Hydroponics which is vast and dynamic. Important topics provided in the book are Information on hydroponic gardening, The graphic color and layout and design in order to guide a hydroponic gardener from basic plant science and environment to purchasing a garden and appropriate supplies sensory communications; automata networks, neural networks, and cellular automata. Other advanced topics include hydroponic garden, nutrient deficiencies, plant problems, and growing a garden etc.

10. “Basics of Horticulture” by Sharon Pastor Simson and Martha C Straus

“Basics of Horticulture” Book Review: This book provides enough coverage, up to point solutions as well as sufficient exercises for the readers desiring to gain maximum knowledge after the completion of the book. Provided in the fourth edition of the book are chapters like Landscapes, Gardens and Urban Horticulture. Other important topics covered in the book include Weed Science, Genetics and Genomics, floriculture plants as well as bio-energy crops. Plethora of examples are included in every chapter of the book. Small scale urban gardener or hobbyist to a large scale producer, everyone can benefit from the book.


2. Botany of Horticultural Crops

1. “Fungal Diseases and Their Management in Horticultural Crops” by P Parvatha Reddy

“Fungal Diseases and Their Management in Horticultural Crops” Book Review:
This book is useful for students who are studying agricultural engineering and for B.Sc students in Agriculture and horiticural. Nowadays Horticulture in India is fast emerging as a major commercial venture, because of higher remuneration per unit area and the realization that consumption of fruits and vegetables is essential for health and nutrition. The present book deals with geographical distribution, symptoms, host range, life cycle, spread, survival. It also contains information on management of fungal diseases in horticultural crops in detail using different methods. Few methods mentioned in the book are regulatory, physical, cultural, chemical, biological, host plant resistance and integrated methods. The book contains 8 chapters explaining various horticulture crops in detail. The book is extensively illustrated with excellent quality photographs enhancing the quality of publication.

2. “Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria for Horticultural Crop Protection” by P Parvatha Reddy

“Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria for Horticultural Crop Protection” Book Review: The book is useful for B.Sc students who are pursuing it in Horticulture and students or young researchers interested in those areas. The book deals with biomanagement of pests in horticultural crops in detail using PGPR. It is divided into six sections. The section 1 describes the importance of PGPR including introduction, potential role of PGPR in agriculture, genera of PGPR, disease management, nematode management, insect pest management, integrated pest management, mechanism of biocontrol, mass production, formulation, delivery and commercialization. Pest management in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate fruit crops is dealt in Section 2. Section 3 describes pest management in Solanaceous, bulbous, Malvaceous, Cruciferous, Leguminous, Cucurbitaceous, leafy and root and tuber vegetable crops. Pest management in plantation and spice crops is in Section 4. Section 5 explains pest management in ornamental, medicinal and aromatic crops. The last section deals with a road map ahead including challenges, future prospective and conclusions.

3. “The Biology of Apples and Pears (The Biology of Horticultural Crops)” by John E Jackson

“The Biology of Apples and Pears (The Biology of Horticultural Crops)” Book Review: The book is useful for B.Sc students who are pursuing it in Horticulture and students or young researchers interested in learning the pomology of apples, pears or fruit growth. This book is a reference book on all aspects of pomology at the organ, tree and orchard level. It provides detailed information on propagation, root and shoot growth, rootstock effects, canopy development in relation to orchard design, flowering, pollination, fruit set, fruit growth, fruit quality factors and quality retention in store. It also deals with mineral nutrition, water-relations and irrigation, diseases and pests and biotechnology. The book emphasises the scientific basis of modern tree and orchard management and fruit storage. It describes key cultivar differences and their physiology and genetics and environmental effects. Cultivar environment interactions in tropical and subtropical as well as temperate zone conditions are explained at the end of the book.

4. “Crop Evolution and Genetic Resources: Agricultural and Horticultural Crops” by Darbeshwar Roy

“Crop Evolution and Genetic Resources: Agricultural and Horticultural Crops” Book Review: The book is useful for B.Sc students who are pursuing it in Horticulture and students or young researchers or teachers who are interested in plant breeding, evolution of crops and their genetic resources. This book starts with the description of the theories of evolution, approaches to speciation and then narrates the centre of diversity and domestication of crop plants. Various evolutionary forces (deterministic and stochastic) are described in detail and its consequences in terms of gene and genotypic frequencies are illustrated. Sampling strategies for collection and conservation of gene and germplasm are described. Phylogeny and various methods of constructing phylogenetic trees along with methods of estimating genetic distance are discussed. Finally, genetic resources and its utility are described crop wise and its breeding implications are detailed.

5. “Tissue Culture Techniques for Horticultural Crops” by Kenneth C Torres

“Tissue Culture Techniques for Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book was designed for those graduating students of B.Sc Agriculture/ Horticulture or teachers who are concerned about the techniques and practices of plant cell cultures for horticultural crops. It explains ornamental horticulture, fruit and vegetable crop production, botany, forestry and other areas of plant science. Several chapters in this book also provide a brief, general review of important cultural parameters. It also explains the techniques for establishment and manipulation of specific species.

6. “Bacterial and Viral Disease and Their Management in Horticultural Crops” by P Parvatha Reddy

“Bacterial and Viral Disease and Their Management in Horticultural Crops” Book Review:
This book can be used for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses and students under the horticultural department. It is also useful for a reference to policy makers, research and extension workers. The book deals with distribution, symptoms, host range, disease cycle, survival, spread, transmission and management of bacterial and viral/mycoplasma/ phytoplasma diseases in horticultural crops in detail using regulatory, physical, cultural, chemical, biological, host plant resistance and integrated methods. It contains 8 chapters which include Horticultural, fruit, vegetable, ornamental crops. Medicinal and aromatic crops tuber crops plantation crops spice crops are also discussed. Finally, allied topics in pest management and sources of critical inputs for the management of diseases are reviewed.

7. “Value Addition of Horticultural Crops: Recent Trends and Future Directions” by Amit Baran Sharangi and Suchand Datta

“Value Addition of Horticultural Crops: Recent Trends and Future Directions” Book Review: This book can be used for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses and students under the horticultural department inorder to know the trends and value of the crops and future directions. This book combines several ideas and philosophies and provides a detailed discussion on the value addition of fruits, vegetables, spices, plantation crops, floricultural crops and in forestry. Separate chapters address the packaging, preservation, drying, dehydration, total quality management and supply chain management of horticultural crops. The book explains value addition as a process of increasing the economic value and consumer appeal of a commodity with special reference to horticultural crops. Each chapter covers a specific area, exploring value addition as a production/ marketing strategy driven by customer needs and preferences.

8. “Export Competitiveness of High Value Horticultural Crops in India” by Vishwanath Gowdru Nithya

“Export Competitiveness of High Value Horticultural Crops in India” Book Review: This book can be useful for undergraduate students and also the management studies who have interest towards the value of horticulture crops in India and want to know their competitiveness. The book was made by analyzing the comparative advantage and competitiveness of pomegranate and gherkin in India. The Policy Analysis Matrix was used to analyse the export competitiveness, comparative advantage and the degree of government interventions in the production and export. Garret ranking technique was used in the book to analyse the constraints in the production and export. Also, other chapters of the book discuss non availability of skilled labour, high incidence of pest and diseases, lack of transportation facilities, high residual effect of pesticide.

9. “Botany of Horticultural Crops” by V Ponnuswami and S Muthukumar

“Botany of Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book can be used for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses and students under the horticultural department about the horticulture crops and their botanical information. This book helps to understand plant life from different perspectives, from the molecular, genetic and biochemical level through organelles, cells, tissues, organs, individuals and communities of plants. It contains 6 chapters. They are plant morphology, fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic crops and spices and plantation crops. Each chapter has subtopics under it with proper images, introduction, details and summary. This book on horticulture will certainly help the readers for better understanding of latest advancements and technologies in the subject.

10. “Plant Diseases Management in Horticultural Crops” by Ahamad S

“Plant Diseases Management in Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book can be used for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses and students under the horticultural department and want to learn about crop diseases. The layout of each chapter includes a brief introduction and pathogen-wise description of the diseases. The book contains recent information on IDM, Concepts and Practices in Integrated Plant Diseases Management, biological control, Emerging and threatening diseases of plants, detection, diagnosis and management. It also describes threats in food stuff, Characterization and Management of Papaya Ringspot Virus, Cloning, etc. Some chapters are vividly illustrated with photographs of typical symptoms, graphs, tables and line drawing to make the subject more interesting and easy to understand for students.

11. “Fruit Crops (Horticulture Science Series)” by T Radha and Lila Mathew

“Fruit Crops (Horticulture Science Series)” Book Review: This book is designed for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of agriculture universities. This book is giving a deep knowledge about various aspects of fruit culture, tropical & subtropical fruit culture. This book has given an introduction on Fruit Industry deals briefly with production statistics, social, nutritive and industrial relevance and importance of fruit production. Additionally, it provides a complete overview of all principles and practices associated with Orchard planning, Layout and Management and on Classification of fruit crops includes botanical, horticultural and environmental grouping. This book gives a detailed description on different contents including origin, distribution, botany & varieties, classification, climate & soil requirements, propagation, cultivation methods, flowering, harvesting, post-harvest methods and crop protection of different fruit crops coming under each group such as tropical, subtropical and arid & semi-arid fruits. Information provided in this book is of use to students, teachers, scientists, extension workers, orchardists and others interested in fruit culture.


3. Diseases of Horticultural Crops and their Management

1. “Diseases of Horticultural Crops” by Parvathy Reddy

“Diseases of Horticultural Crops”- Book Review: This book is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Nematodes continue to threaten horticultural crops throughout the world, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. The information on fungal diseases of horticultural crops is very much scattered. This book has useful information to deal with the disease of horticulture crops.

2. “Diseases Of Horticultural Crops And Thier Manaegment” by Jagtap G P
3. “Diseases of Horticultural Crops: Vegetables, Ornamentals and Mushrooms” by L R Verma and V K Joshi

“Diseases of Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Nematodes continue to threaten horticultural crops throughout the world, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. The information on fungal diseases of horticultural crops is very much scattered. This book has useful information to deal with the disease of horticulture crops.

4. “Practical Manual on Diseases of Horticultural Crops” by Gajendra Jagtap and Utpal Dey

“Practical Manual on Diseases of Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate engineering students.It has comprehensive practical manual on “Diseases of fruits, plantations, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic crops.Here diseases of various horticultural crops and there various option for management presented . Here it is discussed in a readable form so that it would be student friendly.This book will definitely pave a way for the young aspiring, budding pathology minds to take up the subject with confidence.

5. “Plant Pathogens and Their Control in Horticulture (Science in Horticulture Series)” by G R Dixon
6. “Fruit Fly Pests: A World Assessment of Their Biology and Management” by Bruce A McPheron and Gary J Steck

“Fruit Fly Pests: A World Assessment of Their Biology and Management” Book Review: This book has national and international importance, Fruit Fly Pests is an exhaustive compendium of information (with data provided by more than 100 contributors) that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Fruit flies impose a considerable resource tax, and the ones who suffer range from shippers to end users. The demand for world-wide plant protection requires up-to-date research information. This book meets that need.

7. “Propagation of Horticultural Crops” by R C Upadhyaya

“Propagation of Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate engineering students.It has comprehensive practical manual on “Diseases of fruits, plantations, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic crops.Here diseases of various horticultural crops and there various option for management presented . Here it is discussed in a readable form so that it would be student friendly.This book will definitely pave a way for the young aspiring, budding pathology minds to take up the subject with confidence.


4. Pest Management in Horticultural Crops

1. “Insect Mite and Vertebrate Pests and Their Management in Horticultural Crops” by P Parvatha Reddy

“Insect Mite and Vertebrate Pests and Their Management in Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book acts as a guide for practicing farmers of horticultural crops. It can also be helpful for policy makers, research and extension workers as well as students. The book can also be used as a reference for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It provides information about pests in the horticultural crops as well as deals with geographical distribution, damage, host range, biology, predisposing factors and management of insects. The book is illustrated with photographs helping the reader learn better.

2. “Advances In Integrated Pest And Disease Management In Horticultural Crops, Volume 4: Plantation And Spice Crops” by Reddy P Parvatha
3. “Handbook Of Horticulture” by Chadha K L

“Handbook Of Horticulture” Book Review: This book is mainly designed for people involved in horticulture, horticulture students as well as people interested in horticulture. It includes topics like general horticulture, fruit crops, vegetable crops, potato, tropical tuber crops and mushrooms as well. The book also presents disease and pest management, postharvest management as well as horticultural data.

4. “Integrated Pest Management in the Global Aren” by Karim Maredia and David Mota-Sanchez

“Integrated Pest Management in the Global Arena” Book Review: This book includes experiences and case studies of integrated pest management (IPM) from different developed and developing countries. It covers various topics like emerging issues in IPM, such as biotechnology, pesticide policies and socio-economic considerations. The book includes different country experiences including Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

5. “Insects and Pest Management in Australian Agriculture” by Tim R New

“Insects and Pest Management in Australian Agriculture” Book Review: This book includes problems caused by insects and pests in Australian agriculture. It also covers the use of insects to combat pests like weeds. The book discusses examples and reflects traditional and recent developments associated with pest management in Australia. It also presents suggestions with recent references in a comprehensive way, which helps the reader a lot. The book is mainly designed for applied entomologists, researchers, students as well as agriculturists.

6. “Pest Management and Phytosanitary Trade Barri” by Neil Heather and Guy J Hallman
7. “Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management” by José R P Parra and Antônio Ricardo Panizzi

“Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management” Book Review: The book introduces us to how insects deal with nutritional and non-nutritional compounds, and how these compounds influence their biology in evolutionary time. It covers the basic bioecology and insect nutrition, artificial diets, insect/plant interactions, insect symbionts etc. This book is specifically written for graduate students and professionals in entomology. The chapters are written based on the research that was done in Brazil. The readers get enough data from the complexity and diversity of the neotropics so that they can translate the information in this book to their specific conditions.

8. “A2Z Solutions Horticulture at a Glance Vol. – I,( Fruits and Plantation Crops )” by Dr A S Salaria & Dr B S Salaria
9. “Protected Cultivation of Horticultural Crops” by D K Singh and K V Peter

“Protected Cultivation of Horticultural Crops” Book Review: This book is designed for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of agriculture universities. This book contents 17s dealing with space saving, maximizing the efficiency of fertigation, mulching, integrated pest, disease. The book also includes nutrient management (IPDNM) and engineering aspects of structures. This book covers topics like Net houses, poly houses, rain shelters, poly tunnels. This book gives the knowledge about uses of plastics in horticulture and cold chains for storage and marketing are elaborated. Additionally, the book discussed the topic Hydroponics and aeroponics. This book has modern methods and techniques for protecting the cultivation of horticulture crops.

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