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What Is My Plant Telling Me? by Emily L Hay Hinsdale
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 20, 2022
Genres: Non Fiction
Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Many new gardeners are finally starting to understand why bringing the outside indoors is so appealing. From improving home décor to mental health, plants have so many benefits. But keeping them alive (and most importantly, thriving) isn’t always easy! What does it mean if your plant has brown tips? Rotting roots? Yellow leaves? The list goes on.
Don’t you just wish your plants could communicate what’s wrong and how to fix it?
What Is My Plant Telling Me? answers all your plant-based questions making it the perfect companion for anyone interested in keeping their plants looking their best. This illustrated guide to the fifty most popular house plants will show you how to:
-Speak your plant’s language
-Identify classic distress signals
-Intervene successfully to keep your plants thriving for years to come
-Choose plants that work best for your space
-Pick the best locations within your home to keep your new plants
-Identify the pot size needed when you want to replant
Whether you’re interested in growing a cactus, orchid, or even the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig, this book is the perfect guide to deciphering the message your plant is telling you and what you can do to revive it.
Troubleshooting houseplants issues while at the same time making a new plant owner feel they might actually keep their new green, leafy friend alive, What is My Plant Telling Me? was whimsical and practical all rolled into one.
I’ve been keeping houseplants of my own since I was a kid, but mostly going on instinct and learned knowledge from trial and error. I love the calming influence as well as aesthetic appearance of having several different plants living in my abode. I confess that I grabbed this up on a whim after reading the title and thought it would be interesting to brush up on more practical knowledge when it came to common house plants.
The book is a quick read and easy reference guide that gets one enthusiastic for and confident in bringing home some houseplants and having them thrive. I liked that the benefits of houseplants was highlighted from how it lowers stress to purifying the air.
I read it cover to cover, but it is structured so a plant owner can quickly go straight to the page about a specific plant. I like how the book covers a variety of houseplant types from air plants to succulents, but this is not encyclopedic since it doesn’t cover every houseplant there is. Each plant is given two or three pages and begins with a quick chart about type of sunlight, soil, feeding, and watering needed along with characteristics like what size pot and when-if to re-pot it. Troubleshooting when a plant has too much/little light and water or has other needs. I was glad to get the sunlight chart because I confess to always being a little unsure about just how much in actual hours is some of the lighting needs.
All in all, it would fall in the newbie reader category and is a quick and light reference read I found appealing. I would definitely recommend to new houseplant owners particularly if their plant or plants they are interested in are covered in the book.
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