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Growing Healthy Houseplants

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This concise guide shows novice houseplant owners exactly how to keep indoor plants alive and healthy. Gardening expert Ellen Zachos helps you choose the right plants in the first place and then shows you how to care for them, outlining what each kind needs in terms of location, sunlight, water, and fertilizer. She also explains when plants should be repotted (and how to d

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Nathan Albright
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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If this book was not an astounding read, it was at least a solid one whose merits are easy to appreciate.  A great many of us (myself included) are not particularly confident about our skills in dealing with plants, whether in gardens or in the house, and a book like this is certainly a good one when it comes to encouraging people on how they can better take care of plants so as to not feel that they are cursed with a black thumb when they simply lack knowledge and experience in how to deal wise ...more
bartosz
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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I love reading up on topics that are close to my heart, and I've been looking for a good on indoor gardening for quite a while now. Unfortunately, finding recommendations was harder than I thought, so I decided to get Growing Healthy Houseplants by Ellen Zachos more-or-less on a whim.

The book is small and covers lighting, watering, soil and fertilization, repotting, managing pests and diseases, and also describes some common houseplants. One of my hopes in getting this book was that even if the
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Growing Healthy Houseplants is another great title in the Storey Basics line of how-to books. As with most of the series, this volume is to the point, informative, and uses illustrations rather than photographs.

The book is broken down into three parts: Essentials (light, water and humidity, growing medium/soil, fertilization); Daily Care (tools, re-potting, grooming, propagation, vacation, pests); and Designing the In
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Raoum Bani
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
A good start if you have or would like to have some plants around the house. I didn't know much about indoor plants except not to water them too much and a few plants I knew that could survive my poor knowledge.

Before buying this book, I remember thinking that I could probably just google what's in here. But no! This book covers issues I've never even thought about and taught me how to protect my plants from diseases. It also serves as a great reference before purchasing some plants.

The only t
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Emily
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A very interesting, informative and helpful read about taking care of houseplants. Easy to read and understand. It only had black and white drawings, colored pictures would have been nice, but I was still able to figure out what plants they were talking about.
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A graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College, Ms. Zachos resides in New York.

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