What Is My Plant Telling Me? An Illustrated Guide to Houseplants and How To Keep Them Alive

Simon Element. Sept. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9781982189815. $18.99. GARDENING
Hinsdale’s (Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom) latest is a handy reference guide to caring for 50 popular varieties of houseplant, organized in alphabetical order by plants’ common name. Each plant gets a physical description that includes the scientific name, sets out the specific environmental requirements that will keep the plant healthy, and details ailments or growing problems that plant owners may encounter. There’s also a comprehensive index with cross-references to plants’ scientific names. Hinsdale’s prose is at once lighthearted, entertaining, useful, and practical. Illustrator Harris does a great job of rendering attractive, stylized images that still manage to accurately depict plants and their ailments.
VERDICT Amateur plant enthusiasts are the intended audience, but this title could certainly be useful to more experienced houseplant owners. This book will be of particular interest to public libraries.
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