This book will turn even the brownest thumbs green! Houseplants add style, clean the air, and bring nature indoors. But they are often plagued with problems—aphids, mealybugs, mites, and thrips to name just a few. About The Author. David Deardorff is an author and photographer with a PhD in botany and years of experience as a plant pathologist. Deardorff has appeared with Kathryn Wadsworth on numerous radio shows including Martha St Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart.
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Hours of Play:. Tell Us Where You Are:. Preview Your Review. Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Reviews Rated 4 out of 5 by Nadrina from A really great introduction to houseplants! I really love the way this book is laid out - practical, informative and beautiful! My only complaint is that they don't have the common money tree Pachira aquatica in their Plant Portraits, which is probably the houseplant I've struggled with the most! Great book if you want to get serious about your houseplants.
Date published: Extra Content. For most of human history we did not have glass windows, and the insides of our homes were too dark for plants. When glass was first manufactured, only the very wealthy could afford it, but years ago inexpensive pane glass became available for the first time, allowing ordinary homes to have large glass windows. That was during the Victorian era, the Age of Exploration, when botanical wonders from all over the world were brought back to England and Europe. Exotic palm trees and ferns from tropical climes were all the rage in Victorian parlors. Today, houseplants are once again popular and affordable, a result of newer production technologies, like tissue culture, combined with low-cost labor in Asia, and efficient distribution systems.
I looked online, discovered the common solution was to use neem oil, bought some, used it. Still having a problem with scale but it's under control. I also have another plant that I bought with withering leaves that doesn't seem to be getting better. Also, I don't know what kind of plant most of my plants are. The description for how to treat scale, for example, was to pick the insects off the leaves by hand and "use an insecticidal soap or horticultural spray.
The section on scale was roughly two paragraphs long. So, basically, useless.
This one is also going into my plant library. It's a glossary, but each section tackles detailed care for each plant. It also covers a lot of info and solutions to many diseases, pests, and care problems. Jul 25, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. Jun 27, E rated it it was amazing. This is my go-to book for plant advice!
Jun 12, Mansour rated it really liked it. Clear, concise informational book with plenty of pictures. I was hoping for the totality of the book to be based on issues with houseplants and their treatments and cures, but this was more an overall general book regarding houseplants, their care, growing requirements, and propagation, etc. There is a segment at the very end which is dedicated to health issues. I wish this book was more detailed as far as addressing problems, as the title led me to believe, but still, it was an informative, easy Clear, concise informational book with plenty of pictures.
I wish this book was more detailed as far as addressing problems, as the title led me to believe, but still, it was an informative, easy to read book. Jul 17, Bronwen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: New indoor plant enthusiasts.
Shelves: non-fiction , gardening. I don't know that the title is the best fit for this book as the majority of its pages are dedicated to plant profiles rather than ways to "save your indoor plants", but the profiles are good and the section about common plant problems does have lots of useful photos. The solutions are fairly brief though and some problems are terminal.
It also goes on a bit too much about misting, which other sources suggest is a waste of time and potentially detrimental. Mar 18, Tabitha rated it liked it. Introduced me to lots of lovely houseplants I didn't realize exist! Hope to delve into more later this year. Becky rated it really liked it Nov 04, Kacy rated it really liked it Apr 09, Nadrina rated it really liked it May 07, Valerie Stonesifer rated it liked it Aug 27, Evangeline Wollmar rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Alex Smith rated it really liked it Feb 22, Heidi M.
Michael rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Laura rated it liked it Jan 23, The number of hours of daylight changes with the seasons, along with the temperature and humidity; these environmental cues signal the plant to respond with active vegetative growth and flowering, or dormancy and rest.
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Overview This book will turn even the brownest thumbs green! About the Author David Deardorff is an author and photographer with a PhD in botany and years of experience as a plant pathologist. Show More.
Tell Us Where You Are:. For most of human history we did not have glass windows, and the insides of our homes were too dark for plants. I wish this book was more detailed as far as addressing problems, as the title led me to believe, but still, it was an informative, easy Clear, concise informational book with plenty of pictures. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. The information below is included in your interlibrary loan request. Apr 27, Lorilin rated it it was ok Shelves: home , garden. What's Wrong With My Houseplant?
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