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How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  974 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Can't keep a houseplant alive, no matter how hard you try and how good your intentions are? This is the book for you. You need this book. Give plants a chance.

Help your plant live with survival tips and learn the simple ways not to kill your plants.With over 50 different types of popular houseplants, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant summarizes what type of care your plants
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published March 10th 2017)
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ALLEN
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR HOUSEPLANT (subtitle "Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged") is not primarily, despite its title, a book about how to cope with a black thumb. Nor is it a "coffee-table" format book, but instead an attractive case-wrapped volume of about six by eight inches in size (15 x 20 cm) that offers nicely illustrated drawings of the most popular house plants like Maidenhead Fern, English Ivy, Jade Plant, Coleus, Christmas Cactus, and the hard-to-kill Inch Plant (often cal ...more
Annie ⚜️
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this little book. Simple, straight-forward, clear and concise advice with full color pictures on every page. Great reference for a novice or amateur plant lover on up.
Kim M
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because of the title. I love plants, but I haven't been able to keep mine alive for long. Turns out I was clueless about what plants need to survive, and the little care cards that come with your plant at Home Depot just aren't good enough.

This book starts out with basic, easy-to-follow plant tips on choosing, potting, watering, feeding, and placing your plant. It also talks about pests, diseases, and other plant problems. Then it gets into a more detailed discussion of how to
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Colona Public Library
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april, non-fiction
This was an excellent book for anyone who enjoys houseplants or plants in general, who want to keep them alive. The pictures were amazing and really catchy. The book covered quite a lot of different variety of plants. Each plant had do's and don't and tip on how to keep it alive plus similar suggestions on other plants if you like a particular type. This book also listed common problems associated with each plant and how to remedy them.

If you like plants this should be on your bookshelf, just t
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Sarah Esmae Wolfe
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is super cute to look at and has a lot of useful information but I do wish for some plants it was more thorough. It has main pages about one plant, then includes plants that require similar care so those plants don't have their own pages. ...more
Brandi
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would have given this book 5 stars if it told you whether the plant was toxic to pets!
biblio_mom (Aiza)
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the ultimate reference book if you wanted to grow any house plant, indoor or outdoor. This book will help you create an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants.

💭 The book shows real plants photos instead of illustrations. Wise move! I love the fact that it provides all sorts of infos of every plants specifically. It has both the "easy to pronounce name" and scientifically name together. Like Flamingo Flower (Anthurium). Each pages has these points :
- How NOT to kill it (location, light
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Eli Claire
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Really detailed and thorough book, with detailed tips on how to make sure every type of houseplant survives! This would’ve been so helpful, but for one thing ... notes on which plants are harmful to pets or not! I ended up returning the book without using much of it, but will hopefully pick it up again when I have a better idea of what I can have with cats in the house.
Scottsdale Public Library
So that's what I've been doing wrong!
I said this aloud while reading the first 22 pages of this adorable, illustrated encyclopedia-ish plant book.
The book begins with contents pages (illustrations appreciated) of typical houseplants, the basics of where to buy and what to look for, and then when you have your cute little green bundle home, how to replant, what little buggies to look out for, and most importantly, the care and feeding of your new pride and joy!
The subsequent pages discuss specif
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Ava
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I was looking for! It did a great job giving you the details of growing and I enjoyed it very much. On the downside, it only features certain plants and I am in need of a wider variety.
Kat
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the houseplant book I have always been looking for!
Emmy
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: green-thumb
A nice overview of houseplants and how to care for them. I really like the "hook" of "how not to kill it," which was funny and very relatable (as someone with a history of killing plants--accidentally, of course!). After all, what works for one plant might not work for another. My lucky bamboo is never happier than when its roots are completely submerged in water, but that sort of treatment would kill my succulents!

Would recommend to anyone who is interested in getting houseplants, since it almo
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Tatiana Dengo
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ve been browsing through this book for over a year now and it’s finally safe to say I have read it from cover to cover multiple times and can definitely recommend it to beginner houseplant caretakers.

It includes advice for 119 common and popular house plants that you can find at any nursery.

Each two-page spread focuses on a single plant. There's a large picture in the center, which is surrounded by text boxes with common problems the plant may face, followed by clear solutions to each one. T
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Kylie
This is a sweet little book with bite-sized bits of information on how to care for a variety of houseplants. The photographs are gorgeous and if you're anything like me, once you adopt one plant you'll find yourself going back for more. My only criticism is that I wish this book also included info on which plants may be toxic to pets. ...more
Patty
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really excellent how-to guide for houseplants, possibly the best book on the topic I've ever seen. It's split into two halves, with "The Basics" offering general tips and "The Houseplants" giving specific guidance on 119 common species. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant is aimed towards newbies, but it also included tricks that were new to me, such as how to save an overwatered plant by wrapping its soil in newspaper. I particularly liked the troubleshooting offered in "The Houseplants"; it expl ...more
Natalie Jones
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jan-2021
Good book for new plant parents. Because it covers so many different plants, it can't go as in depth on each plant as I would have liked, and a lot of tips are repeated with every single plant so it does get a bit repetitive, but it does the job!

EDIT: Editing my rating and my review because of new information. This book misidentifies Monstera adansonii as Monstera obliqua. Obliqua is an EXTREMELY rare plant and NOT the swiss cheese plant/vine, that is Monstera adansonii. I changed my rating from
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Alexa
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
love it
Xocheta
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's helped me keep my plants alive, now I need help with herbs. ...more
Jill
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant is just what it sounds like--a gorgeously illustrated guide to not killing houseplants. This is something I need, and I know I'm not alone in that. 

Veronica Peerless and DK Publishing have put together a beautiful, amazingly helpful primer on houseplants. From knowing which plants to buy to how to feed and water them to how to love them and help them thrive, this book includes so much information to help you get started that you'll be able to go straight to the nu
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Ness
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How could I not love a book with such a great (and appropriate to me) title? I saw it at the library, and had to pick it up to text a pic of it to one of my best friends, who lived with me and my black thumbs and likes to remind me of my unfortunate experiences with "unlucky" bamboo. Truly I only meant to take a pic and put it back, but as I flipped through the pages, I noted a number of plants that I had (and I few more that I had previously... i.e. they died on me...). So I decided to pick it ...more
Erika
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lifestyle
Got this book from the library as an afterthought and didn't expect to learn much from it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it very helpful and I would seriously consider buying it if I were to really get into potted plants gardening.

The book walks the reader through the process of selecting a plant from a store, so no options for those who want to try their hand at growing seeds. There's good tips on what to look for so you can select a plant that is most likely to survive after your brought
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Annie
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

How Not To Kill Your Houseplant is a beautifully photographed and illustrated practical guide for the horticulturally challenged. Author Veronica Peerless has a friendly, upbeat, non-threatening manner which is like a 150 page pep talk (with pictures).

The intro pages include a pictorial index list with 8 full pages of color photos of common houseplants. The first bit is 'find your plant' with a page listing of culture info for each one explaini
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Leslie
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book begins with a section called “The Basics”, which covers how to buy the plant, where to put it, how to water it, how to feed it, and how to spot pests and diseases. Don’t know the name of your plant? The beginning of the section has an eight page index of illustrations for you to look at to identify your plant and find it in the book. Each plant has several pages of information including full color photos and details on what that plants requires to survive indoors. My advice: Keep the li ...more
Jamie
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was very good, but I'd love to see it re-released as a more extensive book. Most of the pages are plant-specific and I didn't recognize most of them. In fact, of all the plants I've ever owned and killed only two (begonia and Christmas cactus, which is impossible to kill and my only survivor) made it into the book.

Wouldn't it be wonderful as an encyclopedia? And larger, instead of this little handbook-sized thing? Imagine, sections on ferns, tropical flowers, indoor fruit trees, hanging pla-
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Jody
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, full of information for those of us who are a little challenged in the houseplant arena! It’s easy to read, full of information but not overloaded, and gave clear concise advice with some lovely colourful pictures along the way.

There is a two-page spread for each plant (which is easy to find from the pictured list at the beginning, super helpful when you have hardly any clue what your plant is called!) each spread focuses on one main plant but has a couple of others liste
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Sara
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
So that's what I've been doing wrong!
I said this aloud while reading the first 22 pages of this adorable, illustrated encyclopedia-ish plant book.
The book begins with contents pages (illustrations appreciated) of typical houseplants, the basics of where to buy and what to look for, and then when you have your cute little green bundle home, how to replant, what little buggies to look out for, and most importantly, the care and feeding of your new pride and joy!
The subsequent pages discuss specifi
...more
Ali
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book to reference whether you are new to plants or have had plants for years. It has the usual sections that you see in books like this. I like the fact that she adds the size of the mature plant, so you’ll know if you have the space for that plant. Even though I don’t consider myself a novice when it comes to houseplants, I also don’t consider myself to be an expert. This book is useful when I am considering getting a new plant and looking for one that fits my space and light conditions o ...more
Sean
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another nice starter houseplant book. Creative illustrations throughout. I really like the illustrations of specific diseases and issues on every page of the plant reference section. This book gets around the problem of a limited number of plant references. For each entry, there are one or more additional plants with similar care to the main plant, with a short note about any slight differences. This was a clever way to expand the total number of plants covered in this book. While it still doesn ...more
Debra Jeakins
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR HOUSEPLANT:SURVIVAL TIPS FOR THE HORTICULTURALLY CHALLENGED BY VERONICA PEERLESS is a cute way to help people like me who ARE horticulturally challenged! I love houseplants and have several and even amusing as it is, gives us "plant killers" some hope and help in some of the common & not so common houseplants. The book provides advice and tips and commonsense information on how not to kill your plants.
Even though the title itself is amusing the book and its information wil
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Nadina
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this book after reading "Happy Cactus" and I really like the format of both (they have a similar format). It starts out with a general guide on choice and care of plants, and then goes into specific plants. Each specific plant has details on specific needs to care for the plant and pop-out bubbles coming off the plant that have troubleshooting tips for problems that may arise with your plant.
It's short and simple and I really like it. I had borrowed it from the library but it is one I m
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