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Title:
Houseplant basics
Author:
Squire, David, 1938-
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Sterling, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780806988498
Format :
Book

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Summary

A house is just not a home without a lush selection of plants. Most houseplants don't demand much time or attention, and they can look attractive for years...when treated properly. If you love the idea of showing off a healthy, flourishing indoor garden (like the ones pictured here), then these are the basics you must know for cultivating happy plants. To get the most from them, it's important to understand how similar species live in the wild, and to meet their compost, lighting, humidity, and temperature needs in both winter and summer. There's richly illustrated information on siting and display; containers; propagation from seed, cuttings, and more; watering; feeding and repotting; grooming, and care. Most important of all is making the right choice at the start, and a planter's guide takes your through different types in detail, including ones that flower or have foliage; bulbs; palms, ferns, and bromeliad; and cacti and succulents. Whether your plant is small and potted, trailing and cascading, or floor standing, you'll see how to create a good display and grouping. Plus: all your houseplant problems solved with troubleshooting tips!


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Compost piles the world over are filled with the failures of well-intentioned, if woefully inept, houseplant gardeners, but don't resort to silk alternatives yet: houseplant fans need only master a few basic skills in order to enrich and enliven their homes with the lush foliage and exotic blooms of healthy plants. From ferns to palms, bromeliads to cacti, Squire and Crowther clearly communicate the essential cultural requirements of a wide variety of foliage and flowering houseplants. Insider tips tell how to judge when water is required, and detailed illustrations show the best methods for repotting and propagating. Plant directories, organized by plant category and accompanied by full-color close-up photos, showcase more than 150 of the most popular houseplant varieties, concisely listing light, temperature, watering, and fertilization requirements. And should all this tender loving care still result in shrinking violets and puny philodendrons, separate chapters devoted to recognizing pests and diseases provide tips on troubleshooting common houseplant ailments. --Carol Haggas