The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual

Essential Know-how for Keeping (not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants

Book - 2005
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It’s a whole new world of houseplants, so make yourself at home in it! If you love the idea of keeping houseplants, but struggle to care for them, you’ll find solace and invaluable advice in this comprehensive guide from expert gardener Barbara Pleasant. Even experienced houseplant enthusiasts will benefit from Pleasant’s expansive knowledge of indoor gardening, which includes personality profiles, growing needs, and troubleshooting tips for 160 blooming and foliage varieties. Create a greener world, one houseplant at a time. 

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 Care” 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.

Baker & Taylor
A definitive home gardening handbook provides comprehensive, hands-on advice on how to care for 160 common houseplants, with helpful information on how to identify different plants, how to select the right container and soil mixture, lighting needs, feeding and watering, propagation, and how to identify causes, symptoms, and remedies for common problems on a plant by plant basis.

& Taylor

Provides hands-on advice on how to care for 160 common houseplants, with information on containers, soil mixtures, lighting needs, feeding and watering, and propagation.

Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781580175692
Branch Call Number: 635.965 Pleasant 2005
Characteristics: xvii, 365 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm


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