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Do you comma here often? There are a lot of houseplant books out there and we've read and owned a lot. Most have some great qualities but some are truly brilliant all rounders and deserved to be recommended. Our favorite books are listed below. Before we get started, as part of our six reasons why you can trust us, we want to quickly highlight the following two.

  • The Indoor Plant Spotter (Expert Series) Paperback – December 31, 1899
  • D G Hessayon
  • The House Plant Expert PDF Download
  • Be Your Own House Plant Spotter
  • The world’s bestselling book on house plants
  • The house plant expert : Book 2
  • Preventing, Diagnosing, and Correcting Common Houseplant Problems
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The Indoor Plant Spotter (Expert Series) Paperback – December 31, 1899

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You can start whenever it suits and you get to meet other gardening enthusiasts in the sociable online classroom. Visit learningwithexperts. That's learningwithexperts. Jane : Ready for your weekly dose of houseplant chat and info? Good, because it's On The Ledge! I'm your host, Jane Perrone, and today I am offering up a paean of praise for my houseplant hero, Dr David G Hessayon, author of the legendary tome that's been my companion for the last odd years; The House Plant Expert!

Plus I answer a question about transporting a very hairy cactus and we hear from young listener, Ashton. Jane : Can I have a whoop whoop because I have exciting news!? I may have screamed out loud last night when Legends of the Leaf, my houseplant book crowdfunder, reached its target!

Thank you to all, more than people, who have pledged to support the book! It's totally thrilling to know that the book is definitely going to happen! This means I need to go away and do some furious researching and writing so that I can get this book manuscript done. Then Unbound, the publisher, has to do their bit of editing, laying out, printing, so it's going to be a bit of a long road to publication.

I know you're all impatient to see this book - so am I, trust me! If you didn't manage to pledge, don't worry, there is still time. You can pre-order the book for the moment, until it gets to the point where it's going to be published and then pre-orders will close, so plenty of time right now, as I speak, May , to get your pre-order in. Just go to janeperrone. If you've pledged for a houseplant consultation, well, you should be getting a message from me in the next couple of weeks, inviting you to book your Zoom chat, so that'll be nice to speak to those of you who have booked that pledge!

If you want to find out how to support On The Ledge through Patreon, just check out the show notes where all the information can be found. Jane : In , when I was six, a book was published that, more than 40 years later, is still a weekly, if not daily, reference source for me.

You may not be surprised to know that book's about houseplants. On the cover there's a mixed planter containing an African Violet with blooms the colour of candy floss, a Bromeliad, some variegated English Ivy, a Bird's Nest Fern, what looks like a Euonymus and a tall variegated Fatshedera.

Open the cover and inside there's an introduction that could have been written in ! Here's a short extract: "You don't need to read a book to learn about the beauty, variety and popularity of houseplants. Just look around you. Everywhere, you will find them.

The impressive indoor gardens in public buildings, tiny pots on windowsills, scores of colourful varieties offered for sale in garden shops. The charm of houseplants may be universal but many millions of them die needlessly each year. Forget about green fingers, anyone can grow houseplants and make them look attractive.

If everything dies as soon as you take it home, then you are making a serious, basic mistake and the answer is in these pages. If your plants look sickly and unattractive, then it's a matter of poor choice, incorrect upkeep, or lack of knowledge about houseplant display. Once again, the answers are here. Keep turning the pages and you can soak up concise information about light, display options and how to choose a plant that's right for you, before you reach the meat of the book - succinct plant profiles arranged by type, foliage, flowering and pot plants and if I shut my eyes right now, I can visualise many of the illustrations and layouts of this book in my head, I've looked at them that often.

And I can also bring to mind some of Hessayon's pithy phrases that he used to sum up different plants: Oncoleus, "The poor man's Croton," and on cacti: "There are scores of millions of cactus plants in the homes of this country, yet in most cases they are kept as semi-alive green ornaments which hardly alter throughout their stay.

The first edition of The House Plant Expert came out in and it's been through many, many iterations. You'll have to pop by your local second-hand bookstore, charity shop, thrift store, or online secondhand bookseller to find a copy of this book these days because they're not currently being printed, but these books have sold millions of copies around the world.

Here he is explaining why he loves The House Plant Expert. James : So, you know some kids have a favourite teddy, or maybe a comfort blanket that they carry around with them? Well, for me, as a child with a case of early onset geekiness, it was my copy of The House Plant Expert! I literally carried it around everywhere I went, even on my first day of school! My grandma in Wales sent it to me, I remember, in a birthday parcel that was wrapped in brown paper. For me, living in tropical Singapore, The House Plant Expert wasn't just a guide to all the tropical plants that surrounded me, both in gardens and even in native rainforest, but, for me, it was a way to make my own make-believe worlds that I could escape into.

I guess I saw it as a sort of interactive storybook, so you could see these magical, miniature worlds, like planted tanks and there's this one incredible branch that's set up, with Bromeliads all over it.

Not only could I adventure through those by looking at the pictures, I could actually create them myself, so I was co-creating this fantasy land for myself, to witness the miracle of life in action. What I really love about it is how Dr H has really stripped away a lot of the extraneous flowery text in place of wonderfully clear imagery that really just communicates these really complex ideas in such an effective and inspirational way, it's just as inspirational to me 30 years on, at almost 40, as when I was looking at it as a kid underTo me, even today, it's still the best gardening book ever written and as someone who sometimes found that having the wrong face, or the wrong surname, can prove tricky in the world of horticulture, for Dr Hessayon to be able to have trailblazed this in the industry half a century ago, I mean now, that's even more impressive to me.

Jane: The Royal Horticultural Society librarian, Dr Brent Elliott, has said that The Expert series is the biggest innovation in gardening publications since the death of William Robinson in , but who exactly was Dr David Hessayon and what was the secret to his huge success? I should say at this point that, unfortunately, I'm not going to be speaking to the man himself. Although he is still very much alive and in his nineties, Dr Hessayon retired in and doesn't give interviews any more, not even for On The Ledge!

Fortunately, I managed to interview two expert horticulturists who have worked with him and know him well. Peter : Well, I think from the age of five or six, as a young person, he worked, or potted I suppose is the right word, with his father, Jack, cultivating their own plot. His father was a Cypriot. Jane: This is Peter Seabrook, the legendary octogenarian garden writer and horticulturist who worked with Dr David Hessayon and knows him well.

Here's Peter Seabrook on the doc's training and early career. Peter: Then the doc went on to study botany and chemistry at Leeds and then got a PhD at Manchester University in soil science.

So, as a child, gardening alongside his father as many of us did of that era, and then of course with a really thorough education in science, he then worked on an American newspaper. Jane: So why exactly are we still reading The House Plant Expert more than 60 years since the first edition came out? In a way, these books are anathema to modern book publishing - the layout and the style certainly show their age - and yet they are so popular. As a review in The Guardian once put it: "They are the gardening equivalent of the repair manual: belts and braces, as opposed to froth.

The polar opposite of the glossy coffee table book. Christine: The magic was that simplicity, that in a few lines you could gather all you actually needed to know. It was authoritative, it was a simple layout, the illustrations were beautiful, it was inexpensive, so actually available to a very wide range of people. There was nothing like it at the time and in fact there's been very few imitations of it since. It was clear, it was authoritative, it was comprehensive.

It's important to remember that not only was Dr Hessayon an excellent writer, he was also a skilled marketer of the products sold by PBI, which included Baby Bio in its iconic bulbous bottle, the plant food of choice for those of us growing houseplants in the 70s and 80s. He also brokered a lucrative deal with Thomas Rochford, the famous British houseplant nursery, now, unfortunately, long gone.

Here's Peter Seabrook to explain more. Peter: Dave did a deal, so that on the back of every houseplant label that the Rochford's produced, and they produced millions every year, there would be the advice to choose to feed the plant with Baby Bio. Jane: Don't assume that Dr Hessayon was courting publicity for himself.

Until I saw him speak at the Garden Media Guild Awards in , just as he retired, I'd never even seen a picture of the man that I considered my houseplant hero. Peter: He didn't appear on television or sound radio, his view was that his books did the talking and they certainly did.

Wherever you travel, wherever you went with the English language especially, you would find the doc's books. Jane: On that one occasion where I was in the room with Dr David Hessayon, admittedly with several hundred other people, I didn't pluck up the courage to go and speak to him, so I don't know myself what he was like as a person but, as Christine Walkden tells me, those who worked with the doc had to live up to his high expectations.

Christine: He expected the same amount of excellence. He didn't suffer fools gladly, he was a hard boss to work for, but you learned a lot by watching doc in practice and if you could get through the, sometimes, fear that he would create because of his exacting standards, you could learn an awful lot from him. I have very few qualms about his ability to communicate on paper and verbally, he was, and still is, of course, a phenomenal wordsmith.

He could take very complex information and simplify it and that's the skill that we seldom see. Jane: After the break, we'll be hearing some listeners' reflections on the power of The House Plant Expert and answering that cactus question after this. Jane : This week's show is supported by Green Chef, the number one meal kit for eating well.

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Whatever diet you're following, whether that's keto, paleo, gluten-free, pescatarian, vegan or vegetarian, Green Chef has delicious recipes for you. So go to greenchef. Green Chef: the number one meal kit for eating well. Zosia decided to inherit a year-old, five-foot-tall Old-Man-of-the-Andes, Oreocereus celsianus, cactus from her grandmother and is concerned about the sheer practicalities of moving and transplanting this spiky beast!

Zosia's mother has dubbed the cactus Arnold and Zosia thinks this is embarrassing. Yes, I'm not going to get into that cactus and plant-naming thing. It's totally up to you!

But I can step in on the question of how to transport this 5-foot cactus safely. I think the main thing that you're going to have to do is make sure - I know you're worried about being spiked -- but actually, what you do need to be worrying about more than that, is the whole thing snapping which would, obviously, be a dire outcome.

This particular species, it's called Old-Man-of-the-Andes because it looks delightfully covered in wispy grey hairs, but behind that fluffy stuff is some quite intense spikes, so you still need to be very careful with it and don't be lured into a full sense of security by the fact that it looks so cute - possibly less cute when it's 5foot tall, but anyway! You need to make sure that you wrap it very carefully. I would suggest very, very carefully laying it on its side onto a pre-prepared bed which consists of a layer of corrugated cardboard, a big sheet of that at least long enough to encapsulate the whole of the main 5-foot stem and on top of that, sheets of bubble wrap.

Then once you've got it laid down very carefully, you can then either roll the cactus or the bubble wrap cardboard combo, whichever is the easiest to move, and gradually roll it up in that.

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Over the past few years, plants have become a real passion of mine. Tending to the houseplants I own, tracking down new varieties, and propagating cuttings has become a hobby I indulge in on a daily basis. I now own close to different species and many more individual plants! Houseplants have become a way for me to decorate my apartment while reaping the air purifying and mood boosting benefits. Here are some of the best books for plants lovers:. This is the ultimate guide to keeping plants at home. The Expert Series by Dr. Hessayon also includes The Indoor Plant Spotter , a great book for identifying houseplants. A useful book for modern houseplant owners, packed with plenty of information on how to care for your plants including light conditions, propagation, and in-depth plant care.

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David Gerald Hessayon born is a British author and botanist of Cypriot descent who is known for a best-selling series of paperback gardening manuals known as the "Expert Guides" under his title Dr. The series started in with Be Your Own Gardening Expert and in it celebrated its 50th anniversary and the 50 millionth copy in print.

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A host of new house plants have appeared during the last ten years. These plants are in the shops, but they are not in the books - until now. There are in-depth features on bonsai, orchids, bromeliads, Christmas flowers, herbs and many more. Read more Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item

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Search for Author Book Series. This book shows you how to identify common and not so common plants which are grown indoors. Some of these thrive in ordinary rooms, others need the warmth, humidity and light of a conservatory or plant room. The universally known daffodil, hyacinth, crocus and tulip have been omitted and at the other end of the scale many rarities have been excluded. But between these extremes a vast array of today's house plants are illustrated for your guidance. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.

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This popular book is not of any significant financial value as it was published in huge numbers, but it is a mine of information for those who have house plants to tend. It is well written with beautiful illustrations throughout.

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