The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family

The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family

by Darryl Cheng


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A new way to grow healthy and happy house plants

For indoor gardeners everywhere, Darryl Cheng offers a new way to grow healthy house plants. He teaches the art of understanding a plant’s needs and giving it a home with the right balance of light, water, and nutrients. After reading Cheng, the indoor gardener will be far less the passive follower of rules for the care of each species and much more the confident, active grower, relying on observation and insight. And in the process, the plant owner becomes a plant lover, bonded to these beautiful living things by a simple love and appreciation of nature. The New Plant Parent covers all of the basics of growing house plants, from finding the right light, to everyday care like watering and fertilizing, to containers, to recommended species. Cheng’s friendly tone, personal stories, and accessible photographs fill his book with the same generous spirit that has made @houseplantjournal, his Instagram account, a popular source of advice and inspiration for thousands of indoor gardeners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419732393
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 8,374
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Darryl Cheng is the creator of the Instagram account @houseplantjournal. A home gardener, photographer, engineer, and business analyst, Cheng lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

I Caring for Plants

1 The Plant Parenthood Mentality 6

2 A Home for Plants 14

3 Understanding House Plants 22

4 Holistic House-Plant Care 30

5 Light 34

8 Soil 46

7 Water 54

8 Pruning, Propagation, and Repotting 68

9 Pests 78

10 Acquiring House Plants 84

11 Helpful Tools 90

II House Plant Journal

Dracaena 96

Jade Plant 102

Kangaroo Paw Fern 108

Marimo Moss Ball 112

Money Tree 116

Monstera 122

Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe) 128

Oxalis 132

Peace Lily 136

Philodendron Vines 142

Pilea 148

Ponytail Palm 154

Pothos 158

Prayer Plant 164

Rabbit's Foot Fern 170

Snake Plant 177

Staghorn Fern 184

String of Hearts 192

ZZ Plant 196

Acknowledgments 202

Index 204

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