Edible Houseplants: Grow Your Own Citrus, Coffee, Vanilla, and 43 Other Tasty Tropical Plants

Storey. Sept. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781635866780. pap. $19.99. GARDENING
In this new edition of 2010’s Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere, readers of all skill levels are encouraged to try growing something edible in their own home. The authors, owners of Logee’s Plants for Home & Garden in Danielson, CT, offer ample information about germinating 46 plants indoors, including orange, lemon, guava, olive, and sugarcane. Ideal conditions, care, and potential problems are all presented in an attractive, easy-to-use layout that’s complemented by appealing photographs and drawings. Most plant information is supplemented by a practical application of the harvested fruit or spice. Readers are treated to recipes for drinks and sweets, plus directions for processes such as roasting coffee beans, fermenting chocolate nibs, and preparing peppercorns. The book describes everything needed to succeed. For example, there are details about selecting the right container, watering schedules, fertilizing, and more. Daunting topics such as pruning and propagation are explained clearly, and a troubleshooting guide provides useful guidance if problems arise.
VERDICT This is an extraordinarily helpful guide for indoor plant enthusiasts of all levels. Highly recommended.
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