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Houseplants Are Houseguests: Tips for Indoor Garden Success by Anne Moore Paperback – January 15, 2011


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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604944641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604944648
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,470,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Moore is a professional freelance writer, amateur horticulturist, and award winner. She has combined these skills to produce her favorite work "In the Pot", a column that has run for over ten years in the newspapers of the Seacoast Media Group. Her book "Houseplants are Houseguests" is a collection of the best of these columns.

Her favorite topic is the plant itself, from its origin in the wild to its domestication as a favorite houseplant. The plants include popular and well-known species, several associated with major holidays, and a few that are less well known. Moore writes with reverence for these individual personalities, with admiration of their beauty and endurance, and with humor at what is sometimes weird and wild behavior.

The tips for success in plant care reflect her own personal approach, one of a close and caring relationship that gets results. The advice she offers is based on her own experience with all of the plants she writes about, in some cases beginning badly but ending well. Her tips on how to sow seed, take cuttings, prune and divide, set bulbs and prevent diseases come directly from her own research and experimentation. She is frank to admit what has worked, and what hasn't worked, for her!

Her advice to her readers is simple: "If I can do it, so can you!"

Charming pen and ink drawings by Rebecca Saunders accompany the articles.


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Anne Moore's "Houseplants are Houseguests" takes an unorthodox but accurate and metaphorical look at the way gardeners should think about their botanical guests.
In fact, "guest" is too generic. Don't think about them as guests that are friends or popular relatives. What she thinks, deep down, is that you should think of them as your boss spending a week at your abode...just before your yearly evaluation...just after you've applied for a promotion.
Now, you must not think of what you would like if you were the guest, nor what you'd like your boss to have, but you have to take a long, hard look at what your boss would enjoy. You must think of his or her personality, you must consider where your boss is from, what room she'd like best, and you must concentrate on the kind of libations and food your boss likes most.
In fact, you must be the hostess with the "mostess."
Do that, and a wonderful thing happens: your plant not only doesn't die, it thrives.
And, with this outlook, she teaches you how to treat your bossy plants, namely:
- What pot they'd like best;
- How much water they require;
- Which plants are best for beginners - because beginners, above all else, need success;
- How to prevent or cure disease in your houseguest;
- How to propagate you houseguests (which, admittedly, is the only time the metaphor is more like metastasis);
- And, how to really impress your most finicky houseguests/houseplants.

To that end, she teaches you how to take care of spider plants; Cyclamen; African violets; Agave; Veltheimia; jade plants; Oxalis; the all-time, worst-named houseguest - mother-in-law's tongue; and many other attractive houseplants well worth growing to stretch your horticultural wings.
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By lanalee3 on March 22, 2012
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This book was new so there were no reviews at the time of my purchase...No pictures, short, boring to me...When I tried to return it, AMAZON was kind enough to let me have it for free! COOL...I will donate it to someone less versed in plants. No offense to the author, just not for me!
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Gardeners who cultivate plants, trees, and shrubs outside may sometimes admit they lack the skill to keep plants alive indoors.
How to take care of indoor plants continues to present a challenge for me. Several potted plants sit near the window, but I am the first to admit that over the years I have lost many houseplants.
This book by New England garden writer Anne Moore plunges into the deep of how to maintain healthy plants indoors from season to season. Her pages flow from her years in caring for such plants, and along the way winning awards for outstanding houseplants.
Moore writes in a clear, easy style that makes you move easily from chapter to chapter with great pleasure and a sense of ease. What she presents is helpful advice for the indoor gardeners at any stage.
The main idea in the book is to duplicate the plant's native conditions as closely as possible. For example, her instructions on how to care for a Christmas cactus make complete sense. If you want to have blooms during the Holidays, you first need to give the plant several weeks out of the light.
The book is set up in a series of steps to foster a happy houseplant. The chapters focus on the container, the soil mixture, water needs, and finally the kind of light a plant will need. Each chapter includes a familiar houseplant, like cyclamen, African violets, and even the spider plant.
Many of the common plants that we love to grow indoors are from tropical climates. More also writes about the native American plant agave, one of my favorites. I remember once visiting the agave collection at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. The size of the agave plants amazed me; some were tiny while others stood several feet tall.
Succulents often become a houseplant.
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