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Flowering House Plants (Time-Life Encyclopedia of Gardening)
Flowering House Plants - Time-Life Encyclopedia of Gardening Author:James Underwood Crockett Offering a year-round harvest of flowers and fruits, indoor gardening has its own special rewards. In this book, one of America's most experienced and famed horticulturalists shares everything he has learned over the years about making plants flourish indoors. — In company with the author's earthy, practical text, one will find scores of ... more »easy-to-follow diagrams demonstrating indoor gardening techniques; evocative, full-color photographs; and a wealth of precise facts and minutely detailed illustrations gathered in an extensive encyclopedic section.
What colors do African violets come in? Does one's living room provide enough sun for a pot of azaleas? Which species of orchids can be grown easily? These are among the hundreds of questions answered in Flowering House Plants. The encyclopedia section includes 52 pages of plant-by-plant information about such basic factors of indoor gardening as natural light requirements; which plants will grow satisfactorily under artificial light; preferred temperature ranges, with special emphasis on critical night temperatures; fertilization requirements; and how to propagate plants. The chapter is brilliantly illustrated with 125 delicate watercolors by renowned botanical illustrator Allianore Rosse.
Among the general subjects discussed in detail in the text:
Fruit-bearing indoor plants. What, how much, and when to feed plants. Proper potting mixtures. Buying and using fertilizers. The importance of humidity and proper watering. Developing new species. Bathing plants safely and easily. When and how to repot plants. Growing prize plants for show.
Other useful features include a quick reference chart to the characteristics of 149 plants and a pictorial guide to help identify and combat the pests and diseases that can afflict plants.« less