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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms (Timber Press Pocket Guides)by Robert Lee Riffle
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Given their diversity and versatility, it is surprising that palms are underutilized in landscapes and gardens, even in tropical climes. Several reasons account for this, including misconceptions about the plants' growing requirements and unfamiliarity with their ornamental qualities. This pocket guide remedies both problems. It unlocks the keys to successfully growing 200 of the most common and easily obtainable palm species and hybrids, and it highlights botanical characteristics that are of interest to gardeners and landscapers. Each description includes details of trunk, crownshaft, leaf, flower, and fruit to assist in plant identification and selection. The extensive cultivation notes include details of mature tree size, cold hardiness, and light, soil, and water requirements. Suggestions for using the plants indoors and out will help even novice gardeners know where to start, and succinct information on seed germination will assist anyone who wants to grow palms from seed. Illustrated with more than 300 color photographs.
Unlocks the keys to successfully growing palms.
Although they are a symbol of the tropics, palms are indigenous to every continent except Antarctica and can be grown in climates with temperatures as low as 5°F (-15°C). So why are palms often under-utilized in landscapes, even tropical ones? Perhaps because of our unfamiliarity with their cultural needs. The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms unlocks the keys to successfully growing 200 of the most common and easily obtainable palm species and hybrids for temperate, Mediterranean, warm temperature, and tropical regions. Details of mature tree size, cold hardiness, and light, soil, and water requirements accompany suggestions for using the palms indoors and out. Illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, this guide is a valuable complement to An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms and an ideal reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.
About the Author
Robert Lee Riffle (1940and#8211;2006) was an internationally recognized authority on palms and tropical plants. His first two books, An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms(co-written with Paul Craft) and The Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants(1998) each won an American Horticultural Society Book Award.
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