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Houseplant Book Review

For the winter months in cold climates, gardeners retreat to the indoors. Houseplants can fill a void during this time. Here are some indoor plant books that will help you succeed with your indoor gardening projects.

“The Houseplant Encyclopedia” by Ingrid Jantra and Ursula Kruger was released by Firefly. This invaluable A-Z guide is easy to use, and has complete profiles of all the plants. For quick reference, you can refer to the symbols that explain the care and growing conditions for each kind. Under each plant, the authors give the plant’s origins, its bloom time, growing conditions, care, complete description, tips on propagation, uses in the home, and how to cope with insect and disease problems.

For quick reference, there are also boxes with no-nonsense tips. In addition to the A-Z directory, this book has very helpful, in-depth chapters that go into great detail and explain which plants are harder to grow, which ones are poisonous or likely to cause injury of some sort, and how to grow these species in the home. One chapter covers the various parts of a plant, and the role they play, while another focuses on the origins of houseplants and their history. There are also extremely helpful lists of plants for different kinds of indoor situations, such as plants for dry, sunny rooms and ones for cool, shaded areas.

This book is lushly illustrated with over 900 color photos.

Reader’s Digest has published a very helpful indoor plant title called “The Complete Guide to Houseplants-the Easy Way to Choose and Grow Happy Healthy Houseplants” by Valerie Bradley. This in-depth guide focuses on 250 of the mostly commonly grown indoor species, and will help you choose those species that are most likely to flourish in the type of indoor gardening situation that you have to offer.

In the introductory chapter, the author explains how to select appropriate plants and how to choose healthy specimens when you visit the garden center.

A section is devoted to each particular situation indoors, such as plants for low lit conditions and ones for bathrooms. For busy gardeners, there’s even a section on ones that require a minimum of care. I also like the fact that there are sections for those species with scented blossoms and trailing growth habits as well as those that remove pollutants from indoor air. Throughout all these chapters are lists of plants for quick reference, giving the recommended growing conditions for each species

The introduction also covers every aspect of plant care from pruning and growing to propagation, repotting, selecting pots, and coping with plant problems, such as diseases.

The A to Z directory is lushly illustrated in full color. This gives a complete description, details on the plant’s care, its growing needs, and propagation method.

The appendix has a helpful glossary.

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