The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Houseplants Alive and Thriving: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-30
  • Publisher: Atlantic Pub Co
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This book was written to provide all plant owners and potential owners the needed steps to keeping their beloved green friends alive, no matter how finicky they can be. In this guide, you will learn all of the basics of houseplant care, starting with a thorough explanation and glossary of terms that are used to describe different plants and how they grow. You will learn what makes a houseplant different from other plants and how much water, sunlight, and food each plant needs to truly stay alive. Their specific needs are even more broken down by showing you all of the various houseplants known in existence and a guide for each type of houseplant with specific care instructions for how they best thrive in a myriad of conditions. Top houseplant experts and gardeners have contributed their insight through various interviews to further the knowledge you can gain from this book and to help you overcome particularly finicky houseplants, finding the right location in the home, avoiding meddling pests and pets, and making sure some unknown contagion is not interfering with the growth of your plants. This book, for anyone who has ever wanted to add a little green to their home, is the perfect path to understanding and keeping alive your favorite houseplants.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 13
Houseplant Care 101p. 17
Waterp. 18
Water temperaturep. 22
Watering while awayp. 22
Case Study: Why Water Mattersp. 23
Lightp. 24
South-facing lightp. 24
East-facing lightp. 25
North-facing lightp. 25
West-facing lightp. 26
Dealing with over/underexposure of lightp. 26
Using artificial lightp. 27
Choosing Your Plant's Containerp. 29
Plasticp. 30
Clayp. 32
Terra cottap. 32
Ceramic or glazed potsp. 33
Cachepotsp. 34
Metal potsp. 35
Bamboo and wood containersp. 35
Using urns, tubs, and boxesp. 36
Plant standsp. 37
Hanging Baskets and Potsp. 38
How to choose the right plant container and displayp. 40
Soil and Fertilizationp. 43
Soilp. 43
Peat mossp. 46
Composted plant materialsp. 46
Sandp. 47
Perlitep. 48
Vermiculitep. 48
Mineral nutrientsp. 49
Special Potting Mixturesp. 50
Orchid mixesp. 50
Fern mixesp. 52
Bromeliad mixesp. 52
Repottingp. 52
Fertilizersp. 55
Organic fertilizersp. 56
Inorganic fertilizersp. 56
Case Study: Info From an Industry Expertp. 59
The Right Plant for Your Homep. 63
How to Choose Your Plantp. 64
Easy to Care for Houseplantsp. 68
Shade thriving plantsp. 84
Choosing Plants According to Locationp. 91
Plants for foyers and hallwaysp. 91
Plants for a bathroomp. 97
More plants that prefer humid environmentsp. 102
Plants that thrive in sunny locationsp. 112
Plants to Purify Your Home or Officep. 116
Air-filtering plantsp. 117
NASA-approved plantsp. 122
Case Study: Creating an Indoor Kitchen Gardenp. 127
Growing Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables Indoorsp. 131
The Banana Familyp. 140
Citrus, Berries, and Other Fruitsp. 143
Vegetablesp. 151
Case Study: Basement Bananasp. 160
All the Pretty Flowersp. 163
Indoor Plants that Bloomp. 164
Begoniasp. 165
Bromeliadsp. 166
Bulbs, corms, and tubersp. 170
Orchidsp. 180
Pests, Insecticides, and Diseasep. 185
Bringing Plants Into Your Homep. 185
Pestsp. 187
Antsp. 187
Aphidsp. 187
Caterpillarsp. 188
Cyclamen mitep. 189
Earwigsp. 189
Scalesp. 189
Fungus gnatsp. 190
Leaf minerp. 191
Mealy bugp. 191
Thripsp. 191
Vine weevilp. 192
Whitefliesp. 192
Spider mitesp. 192
Chemical Treatmentsp. 193
Imidaclopridp. 194
Neem/Azatrolp. 194
Carbylp. 194
Orthenep. 195
Homemade Remediesp. 195
Insecticidal soapp. 195
Hand pickingp. 196
Damp wipingp. 196
Water sprayp. 196
Rubbing alcoholp. 197
Tobacco teap. 198
Sticky trapsp. 193
Soap-oil treatment for spider mitesp. 198
Plant Diseasesp. 199
Fungal diseasesp. 199
Case Study: Important Houseplant Considerationsp. 201
Growing Plants Chemical Freep. 203
The Best Soil Media for Organic Growersp. 204
Soil as an organic growing mediap. 204
Amending Soilp. 205
Humus: the best organic soil amendmentp. 205
Alternative organic soil amendmentsp. 206
Making Your Own Compostp. 209
Natural Fertilizers and Amendmentsp. 212
Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organicallyp. 215
Organic Pesticides for Houseplantsp. 218
Why never to use chemical-based pesticidesp. 219
Be careful buying organic pesticidesp. 219
The Basics of Organic Pesticidesp. 220
Prior to using organic pesticidesp. 221
Do You Have a Problem with Pests?p. 222
Diatomaceous earthp. 222
Garlic pesticides and fungicidesp. 223
Neem insecticidal sprayp. 224
Orange Guardp. 225
Organic Lawn and Garden Bug Sprayp. 226
Other homemade pesticides and repellantsp. 227
Companion Plantingp. 228
Propagating Houseplantsp. 231
Propagating Methodsp. 232
Peat potsp. 232
Seed pelletsp. 232
Sowing seeds in regular containersp. 233
Stem cuttings/vegetative propagationp. 234
Propagating leafy plantsp. 237
Propagating bulbsp. 237
Forcing Winter Bloomsp. 238
Case Study: Caring for Your Houseplants-While at Home or Awayp. 244
Tabletop Gardensp. 247
Tabletop Gardens Made with Glass Dishes, Jars, Lanterns, and Bowlsp. 249
Water Gardensp. 252
Gravel/Japanese Gardenscapep. 253
Tray and Dish Gardensp. 254
Appendix Ap. 261
Ap. 261
Bp. 262
Cp. 263
Gp. 265
Hp. 265
Jp. 265
Lp. 266
Mp. 266
Np. 267
Pp. 267
Rp. 269
Sp. 271
Vp. 272
Wp. 273
Zp. 273
Glossaryp. 275
Bibliographyp. 279
Author Biographyp. 281
Indexp. 283
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