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What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (November 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Where does this book belong on my bookshelf? Front and center." (May Dreams Gardens Blog)

"What’s Wrong With My Plant is a wonderful book for the gardener facing his/her first garden problems. It's also a handy reference guide for experienced gardeners." (Oklahoma Gardening Examiner)

"I wish I had [this book] sooner, so I could have prevented the spread of fungus. This is a valuable reference for gardeners of virtually any skill level and experience." (Mr. McGregor's Daughter Blog)

"Where does this book belong on my bookshelf? Front and center."
(May Dreams Gardens Blog)

"[The book] is almost as good as having your own consulting plant doc at hand." (Valerie Easton Plant Talk blog)

“[The book] is almost as good as having your own consulting plant doc at hand.”
(Valerie Easton Plant Talk blog)

What’s Wrong With My Plant? has trouble-shooting flow-charts and solutions aplenty.”
(The Tampa Tribune)

“This is a welcome reference book for any gardener, one to keep front and center on your bookcase so that when problems show up, you’ll be able to avoid your worst plant nightmares and continue to have a garden as your own paradise.”
(The Southside Times)

“It’s like having a Master Gardener at your beck and call, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, any season of the year.”
(About.com)

“This is the smartest, best-thought-out book on diagnosing plant problems (and how to solve them) that I have seen in all my years as a gardener.”
(Chronicle Herald)

“You’ll have experts waiting on your book shelf to help you. Because if you haven’t asked yourself ‘what’s wrong with that plant’ yet, you will one day.”
(Garden of Possibilities blog)

“This is a book that will grow dog-eared and dingy from use, yet remain on gardeners’ shelves for years to come.”
(Times-Picayune)

“[This book] is an answered prayer for all gardeners.”
(Real Dirt blog)

"This is one of the best books I've seen for guiding the gardener through the maze of maladies that can visit garden plants. ... This book is a valuable tool and long overdue." (Washington Post)

"David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth have produced one of the best and most easily used keys to diagnosing a wide range of plant problems … makes a great gift for any gardener."

(Warwick Beacon)

"An essential book for anyone who gardens."

(Garden Design Online)

“This attractive, comprehensive, authoritative and easy-to-use guide, allowing gardeners to diagnose and organically treat a wide range of plant problems, is a worthy purchase.” (Library Journal)

"It’s a handy reference book for figuring out how to help your plants stay healthy." (Garden Gate)

"This is a massive undertaking, covering virtually every problem a gardener might come across. Because it’s easy to use, well written, and well illustrated, What’s Wrong With My Plant?...is an important reference that will help gardeners successfully diagnose their own plant problems and make educated decisions about how to solve them." (American Gardener)

"Many gardeners find it hard to ask for help. The excellent (and sturdy) What's Wrong with My Plant? ... will be indispensable to them, and to the rest of us as well. The information is concise: “A borer’s hole and frass (poop) are obvious on this asparagus stem.” (Thank you very much.) The illustrations are clear, the remedies organic. I promise you, things will go wrong. Be prepared."

(New York Times Book Review)

The book is a combination of drawings, photos and easy to understand advice on organic methods for diagnosing and treating a whole host of plants issues. (Deborah Roberts Stonington-Mystic Patch)

Written by plant pathologists, What’s Wrong? thoroughly covers diagnosis and cure in three parts: Simple to follow, illustrated, flowcharts of problems, organic approaches to cures and photographs to clarify diagnosis. (Molly Day Muskogee Phoenix)

About the Author

David Deardorff, botanist and expert plant pathologist, loves to write and lecture about how to grow healthier plants. As a research biologist David has lived and gardened in many environments, from the desert southwest to the maritime northwest to the tropics. Currently, he and co-author Kathryn Wadsworth can be found presenting workshops around the U.S. on a wide variety of topics, from ecology to gardening.

David earned his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington. He coordinated plant pathology research at the University of Hawaii and served as faculty advisor to the Master Gardener Program at Washington State University. He also co-founded Plants of the Southwest in Santa Fe, one of the first native plant nurseries in the country. He has served as Research Director at Island Biotropix, an orchid nursery and tissue culture laboratory which he co-owned with partner and co-author Kathryn Wadsworth.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.DDandKW.com.



Kathryn Wadsworth, writer, photographer, and naturalist, enjoys sharing the wonders of the natural world with others. While leading eco-tours around the world she has studied plant life and explored natural history from Australia to Alaska. Currently, she and co-author David Deardorff can be found presenting workshops around the U.S. on a wide variety of topics, from gardening to ecology.

In graduate school Kathryn studied film-making and communications at the University of New Mexico, where she made documentary films on a wide variety of topics ranging from the California Gray Whale to the impact of mining on the Navajo Nation. She has owned and operated a film production company, an orchid nursery, and a tissue culture laboratory. With her partner and co-author David Deardorff, she has lived and gardened in many environments, from the desert southwest to the maritime northwest to the tropics.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.DDandKW.com.


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Customer Reviews

This book has a lot of great pictures!
Suzanne M. Parker
My husband has been able to find out what was wrong with our apple tree and find solutions to sure the problem!
Stephanie Roark
This book has great pictures and keys that guide you step-by-step through the process of identification.
Jerilynn Jenderseck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By M. Bosque on November 21, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just received my copy of "What's Wrong with my Plant?" this week, and I cannot tell you how many times I've wished for a resource like this! It's, at once, straight-forward, but detailed and complete. And, I don't have to know the Latin name for my plants or trees (or vegetables, for that matter). There is a caution -- it is 451 pages long, BUT the good news is that you don't really have to read it all for it to work.

The authors combine drawings, photos, and prose with a no-fault process that anyone can use...homeowners, landscapers, lawn maintenance crews, everyone! Nurseries oughta hide one in the back room, so they can return to a questioning customer with brilliant, accurate advice. WalMart and the big box stores, ought to stock the book, too!

I got the hardback verson and I'm glad I did because this is a lifetime resource. And, I'm also giving a few copies away as Christmas presents, knowing full-well that they'll be actually be used by the recipients for a long time hence.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First, the disclaimer. David Deardorff worked for the Extension Office in the county where I was a Master Gardener. That was in the late 90s. Saying that he is knowledgeable is like saying the ocean has some water in it. I was impressed by him then and only have my esteem for him increased by this book.

There are a number of books available that cover plant problems. The problem, until now, is that none of them include a systematic method for nailing down the source. You browse the book until you find a photo that looks like your problem plant then read. If you're lucky the book has a good index that uses the same terms to describe problems that you do. Having spent untold hours in Master Gardener plant clinics helping people diagnose plant problems I would have loved to have had this book back then.

In What's Wrong With My Plant, Deardorff and Wadsworth offer us a straightforward diagnostic *system*. There's a step-by-step flowchart method for figuring out what's wrong. The method is brilliant and what's even better, it's explained well, in easy to understand language. That's the first part of the book. The rest of the book is the typical encyclopedia of photos and descriptions. The photos are clear and the descriptions are in straightforward, plain English. Organic solutions are offered.

Some people may find the solution section a bit limited. You won't find suggestions for toxic chemicals to, say, kill bugs. I won't go into organic solution vs. toxic pesticide debate, other to say that the solutions offered in this book are time tested and do work. They may take a bit more effort than buying a spray, but will leave you with a healthier garden overall. Even if you don't believe that, the diagnostic portion of the book still offers the best system anybody has come up with
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By debrahart on November 14, 2009
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This book is wonderful. The information is clear and concise, backed up and explained with clear pictures. You can't go wrong with it. Very user friendly and helpful. A lot of books seem to promise more than they can deliver--not this one. It delivers what it promises, and then some. Without a whole lot of jargon or verbiage, it shows you how to figure out exactly what is bothering your plant and then how to fix it. Brilliant! Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Michel on November 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
One of the first lessons of gardening that most gardeners learn all too soon is that "bad" things can happen to plants. They can be attacked by insects, or come down with some serious malady which could be a blight or a wilt or a you-name-it that you've never seen before. This book is a great reference to help quickly figure out the problem and determine what the cure is. And all the cures are organic. I'm recommending it for any gardener, regardless of experience.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By luckyladyd on March 21, 2010
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I appreciate this book for the way it is organized. It refers the reader to a chain of possible problems and solutions for each symptom. I was not able to find a picture of a particular pest that has infected many of my plants, and am still not sure what it is; however, for most everything else, this book has been able to identify the issues my plants have had.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen in Hawaii on December 19, 2009
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This book is just fantastic. I found that a lot of plant reference books do not transfer to our tropical environment in Hawaii. They are too mainland-centric. But this book helped me diagnose and successfully treat several lingering problems I had been having in my garden - from aphids, to sooty mold, to missing nutrients in my soil. The book is super easy to use, anyone can follow the clear illustrations and concise text. I also love the descriptive opening of each chapter. This book makes me feel like a smart and capable gardener. Plus my garden now looks amazing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Cantrell, author "A Trace of Smoke" on December 19, 2009
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What's Wrong with My Plant? is a great reference for a beginning gardener like me who wants to stop her plants from dying, but doesn't have the time to identify each plant and read up on everything that can go wrong with it. I might not know the name of every plant in my backyard, but I know what a leaf is and that's enough for me to step through the flowcharts and figure out what to do next. I also like the emphasis on organic solutions.

I bought three copies, one for me, and one for my mother and my sister (they're both very experienced garderners and were just as thrilled with it as I was).

Thank you Wadsworth and Deardorff for finally writing a book that I can use!
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