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The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plantsby Barbara Pleasant
Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to a whole new world of houseplants and a whole new generation of plant lovers ready to embrace the joy of indoor gardening! For the nearly 50 percent of U.S. households who spend six billion dollars every year on indoor plants to decorate, purify the air, and generally boost the spirits, The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual provides practical, hands-on advice for how to care for 160 beautiful houseplants, including many new selections that have entered the retail market in the last ten years.
For new indoor gardeners, Pleasant offers basic information on how to identify their plants, as well as where to place them and how to keep them healthy. In-depth plant profiles provide troubleshooting guidelines to quickly identify symptoms, causes, and remedies to common problems for each species. Information about how to repot, propagate, and display each plant, as well as advice on the very best varieties, makes this an indispensable reference for every houseplant lover.
A more general Guide to Houseplant Careb addresses every aspect of plant care in an A-to-Z format, from choosing the proper containers and soil mixtures, to coping with pests and diseases, as well as watering, pruning, and staking. With The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, no green thumb is required to be successful at keeping, not killing, indoor plants.
"Cursed with a brown thumb?…Barbara Pleasant has come to your rescue." Stephanie Bloyd, Mother Earth News, August-September 2006
Book News Annotation:
An award-winning garden writer explains how to nurture houseplants so that they serve their body/mind/spirit healing roles. Pleasant provides general care tips and specifics summarized in tables for plants from abutilon to Zebrinain. An icon identifies low-maintenance plants, but a section also covers "beginner" orchids. The guide includes a glossary, North American resources, and a botanical/common name cross reference. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Discover Gardening in the Great Indoors
Do you love the idea of having houseplants but find that they tend to die in your care? Have you ever received a gift of a gorgeous flowering pot that you can't identify and have no idea how to keep alive? Or maybe you're already a houseplant enthusiast, ready to expand your knowledge — as well as your plant collection.
Barbara Pleasant covers these situations and more in her friendly approach to selecting and caring for indoor plants. With personality profiles, growing needs, and troubleshooting tips for 160 blooming and foliage varieties, you'll never kill another houseplant.
Learn about indoor gardening with an inexpensive supermarket plant. Improve your office air quality with a healthy green companion. Immerse yourself in the tropical lushness of ferns and bromeliads. Whatever you're looking for in a houseplant — a hip flamingo flower, a delicate orchid, or a sturdy Swedish ivy — you'll find it here.
Welcome to a whole new world of houseplants! The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual provides practical, hands-on advice for how to care for 160 beautiful houseplants, including many new selections that have become available in the last ten years.
About the Author
Award-winning author Barbara Pleasant has written about tackling some of gardeners' worst nightmares: bugs, plant diseases, and weeds. Her books include The Gardener's Bug Book, The Gardener's Guide to Plant Diseases, The Gardener's Weed Book, and Garden Stone, 2003 winner of the Garden Writers Association's Garden Globe Award. A contributing editor to Mother Earth News and regional correspondent for Gardening How-To magazine, Barbara lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. Her website is barbarapleasant.com.
Table of Contents
How Houseplants Earn Their Keep
Plant Identification Guide
Part One: Blooming Houseplants
Part Two: Foliage Houseplants
Part Three: Houseplant Care
Glossary of Houseplant Terms
Resources for Houseplant Lovers
Botanical Name/Common Name Cross Reference
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