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Overview

The House Plant Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world’s best-selling gardening author.
 
Quite simply, the best-selling gardening book in the world. Over a million copies have been sold in the U.S, and nearly 14 million worldwide. According to one reviewer - “after the Bible, the best-selling reference book of all time.”
 
In a basketful of countries it has taught people how to choose and care for their indoor plants. Its style of dealing with each plant with drawings, photographs and no-nonsense text has become a legend in the publishing world. If you have house plants (and who doesn’t?) you need this book.

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“Everything you have ever needed to know on the subject.” Daily Telegraph

The House Plant Expert is informative and excellent value.” The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780903505352
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Series: Expert Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Hessayon is the world’s best-selling horticultural author - his Expert series of gardening books have sold over 53 million copies. He has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth who created him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to British horticulture. He has been honoured by a leading newspaper which included him in its list of ‘60 Truly Great Elizabethans’ because “he has taught millions of us how to garden with his wonderful do-it-yourself guides”. He has been honoured by Guinness World Records as “the top-selling living author of the 1990s”. He has been honoured at the National British Book Awards with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
The Expert style is hard to define. According to the Librarian of the Royal Horticultural Society “Dr Hessayon perfected a manner of presentation which has yet to be surpassed for clarity, intelligibility and ease of access”. According to The Times “he invented a formula of clear, uncluttered advice and illustrations with a superbly logical layout”.
 
There are 21 Expert titles in the series which have been enjoyed by gardeners all round the world. The House Plant Expert  has now passed sales of one million copies in both the U.S and Russia.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Plants in the Home 3
Introduction 3
The ten golden rules 4
How to choose the right plant 4
The naming of house plants 5
The shape of house plants 6
The growing conditions for house plants 8
Buying a house plant 9
Taking it home 9
Housing your plant 10
Repotting your plant 12
Facts & figures 14
Chapter 2 Displaying Indoor Plants 15
Introduction 15
The Specimen Plant 16
The Pot Group 18
The Indoor Garden 20
The Terrarium 26
Positioning your plants 29
A room-by-room guide to house plants 32
Chapter 3 The Classification of House Plants 49
Introduction 49
Foliage house plants 50
Flowering house plants 54
Flowering pot plants 56
Cacti 58
Chapter 4 House Plants A-Z 60
Introduction 60
Varieties 61
Chapter 5 Plant Care 226
Chapter 6 Increasing Your Stock 237
Chapter 7 Plant Troubles 241
Chapter 8 House Plant Grower's Dictionary 247
Chapter 9 Plant Index 251
Acknowledgments 256
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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Very Good Book

    I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    An expert writes for beginners

    Dr. Hessayon's friendly book should the first pick for anyone ¿ expert or novice ¿ looking to get a handle on their indoor garden needs. Hessayon manages to create a comprehensive text to indoor gardening without churning out a heavy, massive or plodding tome. Houseplant profiles are thoughfully broken into intuitive plant categories - avoiding the annoying 'grab-bag' approach most guides of this type employ. While Chapter Four¿s houseplant profiles make up the bulk of the book, early chapters discuss just enough of the basics to encourage confidence in novice houseplant owners. Mini-chapters describe how to pick a good plant, potting info, window exposures, tips on home display, how to create a garden room, or make a terrarium. Overall, the Houseplant Expert¿s tone is non-threatening and personable. Care descriptions are right where they should be, under reliable ¿Secrets of Success¿ subheadings. Nice details, like the colorful pages on Bonsai Style, Food Houseplants and Forest Cacti, add enough spice without distraction from the main text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    Great book for beginners!!!

    I'm new with houseplants and this book has all the information I need in one place. Has great photos to help identify plants also.

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