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It’s a whole new world of houseplants, so make yourself at home in it! If you love the idea of keeping houseplants, but struggle to care for them, you’ll find solace and invaluable advice in this comprehensive guide from expert gardener Barbara Pleasant. Even experienced houseplant enthusiasts will benefit from Pleasant’s expansive knowledge of indoor gardening, which ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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DJ Harris
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Plant Lovers, Gardeners, New Home Owners
Recommended to DJ by: My Kids
The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-how for Keeping Not Killing! More Than 160 Indoor Plants by Barbara Pleasant Five Star Review

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants by Barbara Pleasant is the Bible of raising Houseplants! Before this book I think I killed everything Green! Now I can grow everything.

Many of the skills are transferable. Now I have an outside vegetable garden, using the inside plant skills I learned with this book. I have used a lot of the skills I learned in this book to keep those outdoor plants alive, so don't
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Abby
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening, nonfiction
The BEST houseplant book! The only one you'll ever really need, particularly if you're a beginner like myself. Thorough care guidelines, bright and instructive photographs, and clearly written advice: you can't beat it. After having borrowed it from the library, I think I might just need to buy this one now. Recommended to anyone who wants to raise plants indoors.
Jennifer
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Part 3 was the only part of the book useful to me. I learned quite a bit but not nearly enough and I really could have used more pictures, particularly with descriptions of diseases and other problems.

Also, in the ebook version, it would be great if subsections were included in the contents because it is difficult to go back and find specific information.
Vlad Ardelean
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: niche
Interesting read, good tips

I am not particularly fond of house plants. I have however received over the years a fair number of them, and have bought some myself, because my wife likes them.
In my situation, I feel like I have received a lot of good tips about plants to make me appreciate them more and care for them better.

I now understand better what types of soil to use (apparently there are 6 common types of soil), why/how to repot, how to water, and where to place plants. Another weird thing
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Rai
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of information in one book! I think this book is most helpful for looking up quick care needs of specific plants, so it's good if you know what you have or what you are interested in getting. It also contains a more general section full of good basic tips for various parts of houseplant care. For a total novice though, it might make houseplant care seem a little daunting.
I took it out from the library but I can see it as the kind of thing I might refer to again in the future if I'm having
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Martha
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a truthful title. Loved reviewing the first houseplants I owned and cared for while a college student. I don't see many of them today and I have moved on to succulents other plants and vines. This book is a great guide for purchasing, growing, propagating, staging and caring for houseplants. Highly recommend for those of you who want to return to living plants in your home. Includes, bulbs, palms, succulents, vines, bromeliads, begonias, ferns and philodendrons. Part III is all about ...more
Ali
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for those starting out with plants or for those that haven’t had any for a while. There’s a great deal of information to help you have success with your plants without being overwhelmed with information. I used this book to help me choose which plants would be a good fit for my home as well as for the time that I can give to them. If you’re thinking about buying some houseplants, then I recommend reading this book first so you’ll know what to look for when you go to purchase ...more
Marshall Wayne Lee
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not finished with this, but I will never be finished: it is a resource not a novel.

Pleasant's book is a good guide to houseplants. Lots of good information contained in it with good easy to follow instructions.
Katie
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Very helpful. A lot of great information on a large selection of plants. Gives helpful information like optimal temperature, light, and humidity, and gives special attention for things to watch out for.
Jackie
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive guide for caring for houseplants. Easy to navigate and answered several of my questions about my individual plants. Would recommend as a great reference manual.
Salliewt
Dec 17, 2019 is currently reading it
Had a digital copy that either wouldn’t load, or would freeze, then crash my app.
Probably a good book.
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Dianelys R
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is like the bible of growing houseplant. Very helpful.
Rachel Summers
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clear and concise, helpful and straight-forward.
Hopefully my houseplants will finally have a chance at a long, healthy life.
Marcus Goncalves
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book with plenty of information on plant care, propagation, repotting, soil types and most everything else you may need to know if you like growing plants, which is my case! ...more
Gillian
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
This is my new favorite houseplant book. I work in a garden center with a great houseplant department, and I know I'm going to end up recommending this to a lot of people. The sections about flowering houseplants and foliage plants list them in alphabetical order. Each type of plant has its own page with a detailed description of the plant's needs, such as light, fertilizer, and soil requirements, as well as how to propagate and how long the plant can be expected to live. The final section of ...more
Kate
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well written, well laid out, and the photography and illustrations are beautiful. I read it for enjoyment and refer to it again and again.
Mary
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good information on keeping houseplants healthy and happy.
ayejdubb
I like this book. I grabbed this book because it was concise and clear. Previously, the only resource I had access to was the Internet.
Hilary
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Saved me on multiple occasions. A great book with lots of answers!
etherealfire
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and attractively laid out format - but a little bit overwhelming and intimidating for such a brown thumb. My goal is to re-read and reorganize my plant maintenance scheduling.
Courtney
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lots of great information. Can give anyone a green thumb.
Jen
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very solid reference on houseplants. Thorough without being overwhelming. My houseplants have a fighting chance, now!
Audrey
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I asked for this book after flipping through my brother's. Highly recommend!! Easy to use, actual tips that WORK! The only book on houseplants you need if it's a side hobby.
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