The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants

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Discover Gardening in the Great Indoors

Do you love the idea of having houseplants but find that they tend to die in your care? Have you ever received a gift of a gorgeous flowering pot that you can't identify and have no idea how to keep alive? Or maybe you're already a houseplant enthusiast, ready to expand your knowledge — as well as your plant collection.

Barbara Pleasant covers these situations and more in her friendly approach to ...

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The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants

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Overview

Discover Gardening in the Great Indoors

Do you love the idea of having houseplants but find that they tend to die in your care? Have you ever received a gift of a gorgeous flowering pot that you can't identify and have no idea how to keep alive? Or maybe you're already a houseplant enthusiast, ready to expand your knowledge — as well as your plant collection.

Barbara Pleasant covers these situations and more in her friendly approach to selecting and caring for indoor plants. With personality profiles, growing needs, and troubleshooting tips for 160 blooming and foliage varieties, you'll never kill another houseplant.

Learn about indoor gardening with an inexpensive supermarket plant. Improve your office air quality with a healthy green companion. Immerse yourself in the tropical lushness of ferns and bromeliads. Whatever you're looking for in a houseplant — a hip flamingo flower, a delicate orchid, or a sturdy Swedish ivy — you'll find it here.

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Mother Earth News - Stephanie Bloyd
"Cursed with a brown thumb?…Barbara Pleasant has come to your rescue."—Stephanie Bloyd, Mother Earth News, August-September 2006
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"Cursed with a brown thumb?…Barbara Pleasant has come to your rescue."—Stephanie Bloyd, Mother Earth News, August-September 2006
— Stephanie Bloyd
Mother Earth News
"Cursed with a brown thumb?…Barbara Pleasant has come to your rescue."
— Stephanie Bloyd
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175692
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 179,099
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Pleasant has written five books for Storey, including the Garden Writer's Association 2003 Garden Globe Award of Achievement winner, Garden Stone. She lives in Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

How Houseplants Earn Their Keep

Plant Identification Guide

Part One: Blooming Houseplants

Part Two: Foliage Houseplants

Part Three: Houseplant Care

Appendices

Glossary of Houseplant Terms

Resources for Houseplant Lovers

Botanical Name/Common Name Cross Reference

Index

Acknowledgments

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

    Good for Beginners

    I'm an avid outdoor gardener who lives near Buffalo, NY. Needless to say there's not much green outside for half the year. I was desperate for something green and living in the winter so I decided to give houseplants a try but needed help identifying some I already had & wanted more info about their care. I highly recommend this book for beginner to medium experienced indoor gardeners. It includes all the basic categories for care but especially nice is how it highlights certain requirements which are of supreme importance, like 'don't EVER put this one in a room that's below 60 degrees - even a cool draft will kill it!'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Love this book!

    It was exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend it.

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