This chapter presented a classification of horticultural plants according to division, class, family, genus, and species, with an emphasis on the angiosperms—the most widely cultivated group of plants—and described the binominal nomenclature method for naming plants. Other popular methods for grouping plants were also presented. It is important to know how plants are related to one another and the environments where they are naturally found, as this generally helps in understanding their cultural requirements and in determining which plants should be grown together. Plants of the same species will interbreed. Plant propagation and breeding are the topics of Chapter 3.

3 Propagation and Breeding

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