Synopses & Reviews
Previously illustrated with black and white photographs, this reference now provides professionals with a colorful guide to the production of commercial foliage crops. Featuring updated and expanded information, including cultural changes, new technological advances, and eight new foliage crops, the guide now covers more than 70 species of foliage appropriate to commercial environmentsanthuriums, bromeliads, ferns, bamboos, birds-of-paradise, and African violets. In addition to exploring each plants natural habitat, varieties, and propagation, this reference also counsels growers on uses, nutrition, pests, disorders, interior care, and the most common problems affecting these types of foliage. Tables also list leaf analysis rating standards for nutrients for many of the crops discussed.
"I have been waiting for a book like this for 20 years!" Steve Yates, Fancy Flora
This 300-plus page book is filled with useful, technical information presented in a nontechnical manner. Eighty-two foliage species are carefully described, and information is given about habitat, uses, varieties, propagation, culture, nutrition, diseases, insect and mite pests, disorders, tricks, and interior care. Unique to this book are the pearls of wisdom scattered throughout, general tips and information -- and the useful tricks the author has gleaned through nearly 20 years in the industry.
About the Author
Lynn P. Griffith, Jr., is the author of Tropical Foliage Disorders as well as numerous technical articles for trade journals. He is president of A&L Southern Agricultural Laboratories, a company that performs laboratory testing and provides consulting services for clients throughout the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and Latin America. He also serves as a horticultural consultant for numerous fertilizer, chemical, and potting soil companies. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.