Striking to look at, cacti and other
succulents are easy to care for, too. Combining reliable and detailed horticultural
information with inspiring ideas for displaying the plants (such as planting them in
unusual containers, like old boots or broken pots), this is an irresistible invitation to
the joys of growing these fascinating plants. Plus: the extensive alphabetical directory
in the back helps readers choose from the vast array of cacti and succulents available, to
find the ones best suited for their growing conditions.
Cacti and succulents are among the
most bizarre and beautiful plants a gardener can growand included here are some of
the most remarkable of them all: stapeliads and ceropegias. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
has brought together master gardeners from across the country, who show how easy it is to
cultivate a collection of cacti and succulents on a windowsill or under artificial lights.
They also introduce varieties that are hardy enough to grow outside in most climates.
There are chapters on medicinal plants and succulent bonsai, plus advice on how experts
groom their plants for competition.
Basics: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivation and Care
by Tony Mace, Suzanne Mace
Anyone can grow extraordinary and
exotic cacti and succulents with confidence, using this fully-illustrated, inspiring and
practical new guide. In its 80-page A to Z directory, gardeners encounter every strange
and beautiful species and variety: sea-urchin-like astrophytum; woollily bearded
espostoas; fiercely golden-spined ferocactus; bizarre-shaped tree-like cactus;
hallucinogenic peyote; 40-feet high pachycereus, hanging donkeys tails; statuesque
aloes, and ground-hugging, jewel-like flowering conophytums. Displacing the myths and
legends, such as these plants dont need water or light, it offers comprehensive
easy-to-follow instructions on building a collection; pests and diseases, seed raising;
repotting; greenhouse cultivation; equipment; and more.
A comprehensive guide to identifying
and cultivating these remarkable plants. More than 200 species, hybrids and cultivars from
all genera of carnivorous plants are described. Included are explanations of the
fascinating and diverse mechanisms the plants use to trap their victims. This book will
help readers select the best plants to grow on a windowsill, in a terrarium or greenhouse.
Information on how to feed carnivorous plants will enable even the most squeamish grower
to ensure that plants receive the nutrients they require. 400 photographs.