Indoor Plants: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Houseplants

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Houseplants are back in vogue and this book is the perfect re-introduction. Expert advice on how to decorate with plants is followed by an exhaustive directory of 170 common species as well as a further 130 more unusual varieties. Fully illustrated throughout with color drawings and photography, Indoor Plants helps you select the most striking plants for any interior and has everything you need to know to keep them healthy and display your plants impressively.

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Overview


Houseplants are back in vogue and this book is the perfect re-introduction. Expert advice on how to decorate with plants is followed by an exhaustive directory of 170 common species as well as a further 130 more unusual varieties. Fully illustrated throughout with color drawings and photography, Indoor Plants helps you select the most striking plants for any interior and has everything you need to know to keep them healthy and display your plants impressively.

This book will help readers learn how to cope with plant pests and diseass, and expert tips on what to look for when buying indoor plants and ways to group plants to create striking effects. This book has everything you need to know about choosing and caring for houseplants in different parts of the home. An alphabetical charts featuring at-a-glance information on each plant's needs and preferred conditions, and the directories in this book feature more than 300 indoor plants.

Plants are living ornaments that grow and develop, undergoing subtle changes through the seasons and presenting an ever-varying display. A thriving plant is a source of pride to its owner, and it imparts a feeling of well-being to any room.  

Jane Courtier and Graham Clarke discuss the most popular and less common varieties of houseplants in the two-part Plant Directory of Indoor Plants: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Houseplants. Additional topics include extensive information on care, feeding, temperature requirements, display ideas, propagation and repotting and pests and diseases.

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This well-designed introduction to houseplants by garden writer Courtier and horticulturist Clarke begins with a brief section on decorating with plants followed by the book's strengtha plant directory of 170 common houseplants plus a secondary list of 130 more unusual plants. Arranged by scientific name, entries list common name, plant requirements, growing techniques, propagation methods, and recommended related plants. Most entries contain a beautiful color photograph of the plant. The final section offers clear explanations, with illustrations, of light, humidity, temperature, watering, feeding, repotting, training, propagation, and pests and diseases. A few errors such as conflicting information on watering bromeliads and reversed identification of thrip and vine weevil pictures are minor problems. While similar in style and content to other available houseplants books, this is an attractive, informative choice for libraries needing an additional book about houseplants and their care.Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785829201
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • Publication date: 4/14/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 496,662
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How To Use This Book 8
Ch. 1 Decorating with Plants 10
Foliage plants 12
Flowering plants 14
Choosing the right place 16
Displaying plants 20
Choosing plants for groupings 22
Containers 24
Bottle gardens and terrariums 26
Ch. 2 The Plant Directory 28
Secondary plant list 146
Ch. 3 Caring for Plants 188
Plant anatomy 190
The Importance of light 192
Temperature and humidity 194
Watering 196
Feeding 198
Repotting 200
Training 204
Propagation methods 206
Specialist growing methods 210
Pests and diseases 212
Buyer's guide 216
Glossary 232
Index 234
Acknowledgments 240
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