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How Not to Kill Your Houseplant : Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged
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You had one job: watering your new plant. But it's been a week and it's already dying.

Fear not This helpful guide is here to show you how to rescue your plants. Follow the survival tips outlined in this book and you'll be on your way to having your home brimming with green life.

It's absolutely possible not to assassinate your houseplant - all you need is this book From identifying exactly what's in the pot to helping it flourish and grow, this is your guide to creating an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants.

With over 50 different types of popular houseplants, this book summarizes what type of care your plants do (or don't) need. Find out which types of plants will thrive in your living space. You'll also discover how to keep a cactus alive, where to hang air plants, and how to repot succulents. Understand how much light, water, heat, and humidity your plant needs. Whatever your horticulture woes, this book will explain and fix it.

Yellowed leaves, drooping leaves, and dried leaves - learn to spot the danger signs and how to take the proper action to rescue your sick plant. Packed with helpful tips, pictures, and information panels, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will equip you with the skills necessary to raise a healthy plant.

Give Your Plants a Chance

If you're horticulturally challenged and can't keep a house plant alive to save your life, then this book is for you This practical guide to raising indoor plants equips you with the know-how you need to care for your plants.

Inside the pages of this comprehensive gardening book from, you'll discover:

- Tips on watering and feeding plants.
- Advice on how to choose the perfect house plants for your unique space and needs.
- Helpful survival tips and simple ways not to kill your plants.
- Everything you need to know about lighting for house plants, from natural to artificial lighting sources.
- Learn to spot the danger signs in unhealthy indoor plants and the effective techniques on how to rescue them.


  • ISBN-13: 9781465463302
  • ISBN-10: 1465463305
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
  • Publish Date: August 2017
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Page Count: 144

Lifestyles: Help for houseplants

Ever had a potted plant go kaput? (Related: Are you human?) Alas, there may be no magic spell to keep all our houseplants happy and healthy, forever after. But armed with the cute new How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged, I imagine my success rate will tick up a few points. Colorfully illustrated, easy to read and handily condensed, this guide covers 119 plants, all laid out in the first few pages as a visual table of contents. Each of the most common household plants gets a spread with basic tips on location, light, watering and care. Callouts suggest the most likely signs of distress followed by “Save It” advice, and a sidebar lists other plants with which to “Share the Care.” There are also roundups of the top five plants for your desk, bathroom, living room, low-light and sunny spots. I can think of no better housewarming gift, or dash of retail therapy, than a pretty plant and a copy of this book—just in case.

Last year, my then-8-year-old daughter hit what I now think of as the Little House stage. She devoured the series, with me reading a few to her, and I was equally enchanted, having missed that stage in my own childhood. Marta McDowell’s The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder opens up her world in a new way, with a focus on the diverse flora encountered and cultivated by the Ingalls family. Think of it as a deep dive into the real landscapes of that time—part geography, part history lesson and part naturalist guide to the Midwest settings of the Little House series. (McDowell recommends reading those books alongside this one.) Two shorter sections advise readers who want to road trip to Wilder’s various homes or grow some of the same plants her family once did. This book is a well-researched treat for Little House fans, especially those with an abiding love of the natural world.

In the introduction to City Farmhouse Style, designer Kim Leggett describes her grandmother’s approach to decorating, which was really no style at all: “I believe it was more about originality and comfort and creating something that comes from the soul and the hands,” she writes. Of her own in-town apartment, she says, “I sought out old pieces with a storied past, mismatched tables and chairs, odd fragments that hung on the wall, and scraps that were never intended to be part of home décor in the first place.” For Leggett, today’s farmhouse style is one that “recognizes no boundaries. It embraces an eclectic mix of periods and aesthetics, combining the traditional farmhouse of decades ago with modern trends of today.” Here, Leggett provides beautiful examples, from a Gothic Revival farmhouse in Tennessee to Brooklyn brownstones and every kind of dwelling in between. You’ll see how old and new can pair seamlessly and glean ideas for lighting, repurposing furniture, creating art from salvaged pieces and working with small spaces. Even if you think you’re not a farmhouse type, prepare to dog-ear some pages.


This article was originally published in the September 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.