Houseplants for Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 25, 1998 - Gardening - 392 pages
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Looking to bring some outside greenery indoors? Maybe you already have an indoor garden and are looking to create a botanical jungle.  Whatever the case may be, houseplants are an ideal inexpensive way to beautify your dwelling. You'll be rewarded with purer air and you're sure to enjoy watching your plant sprout, climb, and even flower.

Of course, before you start working on crafting a greenhouse, you need to know what kinds of plants you can grown in your home and which plants are best suited to your taste and style. Houseplants For Dummies introduces dozens of different foliage plants, flowering plants, cacti, and exotic varieties. Your green thumb is sure to get even greener once you've read about:

  • Houseplant basics
  • Identifying indoor microclimates
  • Indoor plant “biographies”
  • Differentiating between direct, indirect, and low light
  • Watering needs
  • Rules of fertilizing
  • Temperature and growing cycles

Houseplants For Dummies is packed with houseplant growing techniques, tips, tricks, and even goes the extra mile with a chapter devoted to the various ways you can display houseplants if you're looking for some bragging rights! Whether you're new to the world of houseplant basics or you're a seasoned gardener, you'll get the “inside dirt” on topics such as:

  • Various potting soil mixes
  • Preparing plants for indoor life
  • Cleaning, pruning, and staking
  • Propagating houseplants
  • Dealing with pests and diseases
  • Building your own controlled climate
  • And much more

The material is arranged into six clear and helpful sections: houseplant basics, houseplant profiles, growing essentials, potted plant maintenance, houseplant settings, and valuable ideas – each section helping you create your own indoor forest. Even if you're convinced you have a black thumb, Houseplants For Dummies will have you living among the green in no time!

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Review: Houseplants for Dummies

User Review  - Michael Todd - Goodreads

It's good information but no substitute for a green thumb! I've got a few plants I've kept alive over the years, so maybe there's hope! :) Read full review

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User Review  - Lauren (strangled) - Goodreads

For what it is - I couldn't have asked for much more. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Root of the Matter Houseplant Basics
5
A Houseplant Primer Or What Makes a Plant a Houseplant
7
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Larry Hodgson lectures widely, writes for many gardening magazines, and is the author or coauthor of over fifteen gardening books.
The National Gardening Association is America’s largest nonprofit gardening organization.

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