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This book is specific about not only well known plants but also about cultivars. Often one can not find recent cultivars but this is up to date, 2002.
Its directions for growing plants ; the watering , the light and their enemies are clearly given. Many other books will have big pictures but little text . This is strong on text with small photos.
Of my rather extensively growing gardening library, this has easily become the first book I reach for when it comes to houseplants. It covers almost everything I am interested in. In my opinion, it is the closest thing to the perfect houseplant book out there (that I have come across so far).
If you only wish to own one book on houseplants, this is the one. It is easy to read no matter what your education or if English isn't your first language. It contains comprehensive descriptions of just about any houseplant imaginable, including the latin, old latin names, and common names (English). It also includes advice and tips for lighting, techniques, decor, plant identification, you name it.
I have a copy of this that is at least 10 years old and it is always the first place I look for information. It is clearly written, well illustrated, and has relevant information for beginners and more experienced growers. I have even had good luck finding information on relatively uncommonly found houseplants.
I have owned an early edition of this book for years. It is easily the best general, plant book ever published. While it concentrates on houseplants, it goes well beyond and includes a thousand plants, problems & solutions, plus other ideas. It is the staple of my extensive plant library. Makes a great gift (and I don't even get anything for writing this :-)
I recently bought this book to help me identify and properly take care of my house plants. It is the sole house plant book I own and I have been very happy with it. I've identified all of my plants, and the book also includes propagation tips and troubleshooting the common problems encountered for each type of plant listed. This book comes highly recommended!
This is one of the better houseplant books. It is directed towards readers in England, but the advice, the pictures, plant names and thoroughness make it an outstanding addition to your garden book library.