Synopses & Reviews
Include houseplants in your decorating to provide style, color, and texture to all the rooms of your home. Dont know where to start? Complete Houseplants can make you an expert by supplying
• Complete growing and care information for all of the most popular species of houseplants
• Expert tips on displaying, fertilizing, watering, grooming, and propagating houseplants
• Over 480 color photos and illustrations
Jack Kramer is the author of over 100 books on gardening, including the World Wildlife Fund Book of Orchids, as well as dozens of magazine articles. He has researched the growth habits of thousands of houseplants, including those in this book. He is a resident of Naples, Florida.
Complete Houseplants provides homeowners with all the information they need to incorporate plants in the interior design of their homes. The book covers the basics of choosing the right plants for the home, selecting containers, and plant arranging. Sections on proper care and lighting will help homeowners enjoy heathy, beautiful houseplants for years. But the heart of the book are the 250 plant profiles, with 50 of those profiles new to this edition. Each profile gives tips for successful care, including light, watering, and fertilizing requirements.
Complete Houseplants provides homeowners with all the information they need to select, grow, and care for houseplants. The book includes profiles of almost 250 houseplants.
Explore the basics of choosing the right plants for the home, selecting containers, and arranging plants. The heart of this grower's guide is a section of 250 plant profiles, with 50 of those profiles new to this edition.
About the Author
Jack Kramer is the author of more than 100 gardening books, including The World Wildlife Fund Book of Orchids
and Women of Flowers,
which won the Garden Writers Association of America's "Best Book" Award of Excellence. His many magazine credits include Horticulture, House Beautiful, Family Circle,
and Architectural Digest.
Widely known for cultivating and writing about houseplants, he was uniquely qualified to grow and supervise the photography of the plants profiled in this book.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: Foliage, Flowers & FamiliesFoliage PlantsFlowering PlantsThe Latest PlantsGift PlantsHanging Plants Chapter 2: Decorating with PlantsDecorating TechniquesElements of DesignPlant FormsPlant PlacementAccent Lighting Chapter 3: Choosing HouseplantsSize of PlantsShape & Growth HabitLeaf Size & ShapeCharacteristic Plant ShapesLeaf & Flower ColorBuying PlantsIndoor ConditionsGrowing Culinary Herbs Indoors Chapter 4: Houseplant ContainersHanging ContainersPotsTubs and UrnsBoxesChoosing ContainersPedestals, Stands, TrolleysHow to Install Supports for Hanging PlantsDecorative Ceiling HooksWall Brackets Chapter 5: Growing HouseplantsLightDaylength Needs of PlantsArtificial LightHow to Build a Knockdown Growing StandSoilPotting MediaRepottingPottingWaterPlants That Dislike Dry ConditionsHeat and HumidityAir CirculationFertilizerTrimming and GroomingRestingSeasonal & Vacation Care Chapter 6: Propagating HouseplantsPropagating with SeedContainersGrowing MediumHumidityTransplanting & RepottingVegetative PropagationPropagation with CuttingsPropagation by Air LayeringPropagating BulbsForcing Bulbs for Winter ColorPropagation Methods & Hints Chapter 7: Problems: Symptoms & CuresPoor Care: Symptoms & Possible CausesInsect ControlMeet the InsectsPlant Diseases Chapter 8: Plant ProfilesAcanthus FamilyAmaryllis FamilyAralia FamilyAroid FamilyBegonia FamilyBromeliad FamilyCacti and SucculentsEuphorbia FamilyFern FamilyGesneriad FamilyGinger FamilyLily Family and RelativesMulberry FamilyOrchid FamilyPalm FamilySpiderwort FamilyOther Families GlossaryIndexPhoto Credits