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Discover the key to maintaining beautiful, vibrant houseplants throughout your home. Thriving plants improve the air, reflect your decorating style, and lift your mood. Even if you're a novice with houseplants, Ellen Zachos's friendly guidance will make you a confident grower in no time. It's as simple as evaluating your light and choosing plants that work with it, watering correctly, and then enjoying the plants you nurture. Complete care instructions include survey of useful tools, advice for combating pests and disease, information on repotting and propagating, and profiles of 31 plants.
This concise Storey BASICS(r) guide teaches novice gardeners how to successfully keep indoor plants beautiful and healthy. Learn how to choose the best plants for your home and what each species needs in terms of location, water, sunlight, and fertilizer. Covering the basics of repotting, pruning, and dealing with pests, Ellen Zachos shows you how to keep your houseplants looking vibrant for years to come. Soon, you ll be watching over a collection of thriving plants that add a lively dose of color to your home.
This concise guide shows novice houseplant owners exactly how to keep indoor plants alive and healthy. Gardening expert Ellen Zachos helps you choose the right plants in the first place and then shows you how to care for them, outlining what each kind needs in terms of location, sunlight, water, and fertilizer. She also explains when plants should be repotted (and how to do that successfully), how and when to prune them, how to keep them clean of dust and pets, and more. This Storey
About the Author
Ellen Zachos leads foraging walks and currently teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, where she received her certification in Commercial Horticulture and Ethnobotany. She writes two blogs, which can be found at downanddirtygardening.com and gardenbytes.com and has written numerous gardening books and contributed to publications including Horticulture and Better Homes & Gardens.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Learn to Speak Plant
Part One: Essentials
- Light: How Much is Enough?
- Water and Humidity: Getting It Right
- The Growing Medium
- Fertilization: More Isn't Always Better
Part Two: Daily Care
- Cool Tools You'll Need
- Repotting: It Has to Happen Sometime
- Good Grooming
- Propagation: Making More Plants
- Vacation for You, Vacation for Your Plants
- Managing Pests
Part Three: Designing the Indoor Garden
- It's All in the Display
- Flowering Plants