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Tempting Tropicals: 175 Irresistible Indoor Plants Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2005

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Gardeners living in the country's warmest regions can grow and enjoy tropical plants as they please, but in most areas, they are only grown seasonally. Zachos, a zealous collector with an encompassing knowledge, provides a comprehensive growers' guide that shows the way to cultivating tropicals indoors so that one can enjoy the delightful fragrances and exotic beauty year-round. A well-rounded reference, the book conveys all the necessary practical information relating to feeding, care, growth cycles, and light and moisture requirements along with troubleshooting for pesky insects and vexing diseases. Mainly, Zachos introduces a wealth of wonderful specimens to consider, giving a concise description of each species, its requirements for culture, and propagation tips. Accompanied by color photographs, entries include something for every taste, from oddly alluring species to dramatic, architectural selections and beguiling flowers. Alice Joyce
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Thorough practical advice on 175 plants that are native to both tropical and temperate regions encourages the houseplant enthusiast to experiment with flowering vines, petite carnivorous plants, maples, palms, and many more. Bookseller 20050415 A well-rounded reference ... entries include something for every taste, from oddly alluring species to dramatic, architectural selections and beguiling flowers. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20051001 I highly recommend it. Garden Hotline Newsletter 20051101 Tempting Tropicals is a must-have for gardeners interested in exotic plants. -- Russell Studebaker Tulsa World 20051126 The best book on indoor plants I have come across in a long time. -- Suzanne Pierot American Ivy Society Newsletter 20050101 If you're interested in growing tropical plants at home or in a greenhouse, Tempting Tropicals is for you. The author is an experienced, professional gardener who presents a comprehensive guide to growing luscious houseplants. Her enthusiasm proves irresistible. Green Bay Press-Gazette 20060408 Zachos allows gardeners to daydream of sultry climates during those cold, colorless days of winter. -- Judy Lowe Christian Science Monitor 20060425 Ellen's extraordinary enthusiasm is matched by her vast knowledge of the subjects she writes about and she brings both talents to bear in her latest book. -- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20060504 In this original and comprehensive guide to luscious houseplants, Ellen's enthusiasm, like the plants, is irresistible. Rainy Side Gardeners 20060508 One of the best things about this book is how the clear, informative writing answers many of the questions gardeners at any experience level will have. -- Phil Stapf Hobby Greenhouse 20060401 If you want to create a windowsill collection to rival any outdoor garden in beauty and personality, read Tempting Tropicals. -- Meghan Lynch Horticulture 20061001 Ellen Zachos writes very well. ... This is a book that, even for me, was very hard to put down. -- Greg Asbagh Let's Talk Plants 20060201 Before buying an indoor plant, it's important to determine if it's right for your home. ... Get your hands on a good reference book. Try Tempting Tropicals. Newsday 20080216

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927320
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Ann Richerson on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Tempting Tropicals by HortResources member Ellen Zachos is clear and concise, easy to read and understand even by those who do not have a degree in horticulture. It is a great reference for 175 tropical plants that are not grown as often as they should be. Each plant profile contains light, temperature, fertilization, and propagation information. There is also a section on winning attributes alongside each plant profile that will make it easier to decide if that is a plant you wish to grow. Ellen Zachos has taken all her own photographs unless otherwise stated.

One section that caught my eye was on clivia. I have grown a blooming-size specimen for five years now and have not been able to bring it back into bloom. After reading Tempting Tropicals, I now have an understanding of what I have been doing wrong. I will be trying the technique mentioned in this book and do expect great success. One thing that Ellen mentioned in her book was to water once a week during the growing season, which I did and to water once every two weeks in the fall until you see a flower spike. I had been withholding water from my Clivia from November to March. I also was not feeding my Clivia weekly during the growing season.

One plant that tempted me was Lithops marmorata. "Living stones" can be tricky to grow. Tempting Tropicals explains how often to water in each season, as well as how to water should you decide to give the plant a winter rest. This is an area most books do not cover.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tesseractive on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Tempting Tropicals is a horticultural tour de force, packed with detailed information about growth habits, propagation tips, and the soil, temperature and light requirements of more than eight score tropical plants. The fascinating, well written text is ornamented with full color photographs of these exotic beauties that marvelously display each plant's unique attributes. The superb text and photos are presented with the exacting production values that the publisher is well known for in the gardening community. This book is a must for all real phytophiles.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James H. Mortensen on February 10, 2007
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If you're into growing indoor plants this book must be in your library for both information on varieties as well as cultural information. I consider myself very knowledgeable gardner, yet find myself researching things in this book often--especially when adding a new plant species. I'd highly recommend it to anyone whether they had a few plants or a greenhouse full.
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