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The House Plant Expert [Paperback]

D.G. Hessayon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 1993 Expert

The House Plant Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world’s best-selling gardening author.
Quite simply, the best-selling gardening book in the world. Over a million copies have been sold in the U.S, and nearly 14 million worldwide. According to one reviewer - “after the Bible, the best-selling reference book of all time.”
In a basketful of countries it has taught people how to choose and care for their indoor plants. Its style of dealing with each plant with drawings, photographs and no-nonsense text has become a legend in the publishing world. If you have house plants (and who doesn’t?) you need this book.

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“Everything you have ever needed to know on the subject.” Daily Telegraph

The House Plant Expert is informative and excellent value.” The Guardian

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The world's best-selling book on houseplants.

* Hundreds of houseplants illustrated in full colour in the exhaustive A-Z listing. * Each plant listing includes a quick reference 'secrets of success'. * Chapters on choosing the right plants for the environment, displaying plants, plant classification, propagation and pests and diseases.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know in one concise volume. June 8 2004
This beautifully illustrated and photographed book is a very informative and easy to use reference for anyone who wants authentic expert advice on growing and maintaining house plants. This practically organized book is divided into nine readily accessible sections:
* Plants in the Home: serves as an introduction to the book and gives some advice on choosing, buying, housing, and repotting plants, as well as learning the basic rules of care and creating the right growing conditions for your house plants.
* Displaying Indoor Plants: discusses the many considerations needed to be taken into account when keeping plants indoor, including mixing specimens, choosing pots, and selecting the right plant for each room.
* The Classification of House Plants: includes foliage house plants, flowering house plants, flowering pot plants and cacti.
* House Plants A-Z: is the most extensive alphabetized guide on house plants in print in a single volume. Each plant's entry includes its image and/or picture, a description of its most common varieties, details on how to plant, grow and care for it, and a list of the ordinary problems that affect it.
* Plant Care: gives instructions on how to optimize the natural elements that impact the plant's health, including temperature, light, water, humidity, and air.
* Increasing Your Stock: explains how to successfully propagate house plants by using the most suitable reproduction techniques.
* Plant Troubles: presents advice on how to speedily prevent or correct each trouble.
* Dictionary: defines both the technical and the not so technical terms used throughout the book.
* An Index.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any plant lover Aug. 4 2002
By A Customer
In the past few years I have become more and more interested in plants, yet still manage to kill some in spite of my best efforts to the contrary. I have purchased several books to help me put an end to this, and to my mind, none compares to this one. In addition to having the most extensive alphabetized listing of houseplants of any book I've seen (in both Latin and common parlance), it gives precise advice on everything from light to temperature to propogation. The "Special Problems" listed with individual plants have already helped me to rescue a few that were looking a little peaked, and I am now even able to understand how plants are classified. The first two chapters, "Plants in the Home" and "Displaying House Plants" are chalk full of great advice for both novice and professional, and that unit on "Plant Care" in the back---which tells you in great detail why plants run in to such specific problems as drooping bottom leaves or brown patches---is worth the price of the book alone.
It's easy to see why this is the world's best-selling book on house plants, and why other Amazon customers have unanimously rated this five stars. Count me among them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If only I'd known... July 9 2003
By Gina
If only I'd known that this was one of those books they have lined up at home depot or cashway...full of bits of information for those who really don't know anything, but not really that useful...I would have passed. I admit that I now refer to it occasionally, when I can't find a plant pictured elsewhere or to get a name to reference in another book, but normally it just sits on the shelf. It seems outdated, the pictures are of poor quality, and there's not really enough information about each plant to be that useful to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary House Plant Reference Book. Dec 18 2003
There must be an extraordinary number of house plant books, and while many of those are well worth the time, some are required in your library. It's nonsense to dismiss any such resource-guide as worthless if it does not excel in this or that: it's often wise to relay on a variety of such books so that you can compare information.
That all said, this is sure to be a staple in many bookcases, because it offers comprehensive and concise information regarding plant identification, basic growth necessities per plant (lighting, water, humidity, soil) or even plant groups (such as Succulents or Philodendrons, one of my favorites). The range of material is varied and includes all well-known and lesser-known plants that'll do well in your house or greenhouse (or even terrarium, which I do recommend, by the way).
Furthermore, there are additional chapters on for example diseases and what to do about them, displaying indoor plants, etc.. Inside these chapters can be found a wealth of information for beginners and experts alike. But what defines beginner or expert I'll leave to others.
The House Plant Expert even offers golden rules ... each his/her own rules, but you won't hear me arguing with these.
Anyway, for people growing tropical plants, I found out that they adore frequent misting, diffused sunlight, high humidity, company of each other, and room to grow (watch out for Monstera Deliciosa, that one goes fast and all over the place). And do invest in the right soil types; that makes a difference.
Good luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a new Gardener May 24 2003
This is one of a series of gardening books written by Dr Hessayon with the novice gardener in mind , and with the word "Expert" in the title. The reader can choose from The Rock and Water Garden Expert, The Garden DIY Expert (that's a common abbreviation in England for Do It Yourself), The Garden Expert, The Bedding Plant Expert, The Rose Plant Expert, The Lawn Expert, The Tree and Shrub Expert, The Flower Expert, The Fruit Expert, and The Vegetable Expert . Each follows a similar format and there is some overlap between them.
The major part of each book is an alphabetical look at most of the well-known plants in the subject area. Each plant is well illustrated, given its common and Latin name, its appearance is described, and its requirements for heat, light, water etc. listed briefly.
The "Expert" books offer sound basic advice about selecting and repotting plants, plant care, propagation and a section on diagnosing and treating common plant problems.
These are practical, down-to-earth books, mostly for the new gardener. Not even the brownest thumb can go far wrong using the "Expert" books, and The House Plant Expert is said to be the world's best-selling book on houseplants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 2nd Book
the author here doesn't duplicate the 2nd book over & over with the 1st one which is great - I love this book
Published 4 months ago by Lover of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Whether you are reviewing old knowledge or seeking new, this book is fantastic. An in depth guide to house plants, from how to choose to where to place them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars The House Plant Expert
I do NOT have a green thumb, but this book was so easy to follow and it made indoor gardening extremely simple. Read more
Published on June 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The price of the book
This is an excellent book yet someone who lives in the Russian speaking countries do not need this book because there is the good interpretation of the "Expert Series" in... Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2002 by Alexandre
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Starter book on plant care!
I used to ALWAYS kill plants . .. until I got this book! It is so helpful with it's colored photos and easy plant care tips. Read more
Published on June 22 2002 by Pedro Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and thorough
I am definitely not an expert when it comes to house plants but this book has been of real value to me. Read more
Published on June 16 2002 by Merlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
I just got mine and have already spent hours looking up and identifying the plants I already have. Nice pictures and layout of information. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by Rissarance
5.0 out of 5 stars best houseplant book around. period.
I have quite a few books to help with houseplants, but this is the one that consistently has the information I need. Read more
Published on May 2 2002 by audrey
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