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Betrock's Essential Guide to Palms Hardcover – November 15, 2007

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David Leaser is the author of multiple books on palms and a long-time member of the International Palm Society. Leaser is a featured speaker at botanical gardens and garden centers throughout the United States, and his articles and photos have appeared in the Palm Journal and the Sunset Western Garden Book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Betrock Information Systems, Inc; 1st edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962976199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962976193
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Milton L. Kogan on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am new to palms, but this book has turned me into an expert. The book starts out with a brief and interesting history of palms, then moves to culture, care and selection. The heart of the book is a portfolio showing photos of mature palms along with their water needs, minimum temperatures (in Fahrenheit and Celsius), mature heights and other cultural requirements. The photos are beautiful and the text is easy to read. The book also covers site selection, winter protection, fertilizing needs, pests, transplanting, pruning and growing palms from seed.The book even includes a unique "palm finder" that lets you quickly identify the perfect palm for your needs. This feature alone is worth the price of the book. I think this book will appeal to homeowners that are new to palms, but landscapers will want to make this one of their tools of the trade for palm selection. This is a perfect gift for anyone who loves palms.
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I have been a lover of Palms for many years, but we have lived in the colder North New Jersey area where it would be tough to grow them; However, we now live in the coastal area of Delaware,outside of the hardiness zone for most palms, but after reading this book we have discovered a handful of palms that may grow in our area. The book includes a reference guide featuring palms that survive brief periods below freezing, and sections on microclimates and winter protection show readers how to grow palms in warm temperate locations. A greenhouse checklist will be useful to tropical plant enthusiasts who live in colder climates like ours. This book covers everything a palm grower needs to know, including a step-by-step guide to growing palms from seed. And, unlike many palm books, the photos feature mature palms, making this a good field reference as well. We have thoroughly enjoyed our new Palm book and look forward with delight to growing our Hardy Palms.
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I'm a new hobbyist to palm growing having taken it up in May this year after a trip to Bali.
I bought this book because there was a lot of information on the web that was difficult to assimilate
comprehensively. This book has EVERYTHING i needed to know, from identifying palm species to what type of palms
to grow in a small garden (we have 1/3 acre plot). I loved the section on fast growing palms and obviously appreciated the
"Growing palms from seeds" chapter. There is a good amount of info on what types of palms to grow where..eg. what palms to palms as
hedges.

The book is very easy to read with simple explanations and a wealth of well put together images to substantiate the subject.
Worth every cent.!!!!
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This book is excellent as a "first book about Palms". It covers everything you need to know and it's presentation is glossy with excellent photos and extensive info. Every Palm lover should have it and if you're a novice it should be your first Palm book.
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I have used an older edition but thought the newer edition might have significant updates. I was disappointed that all species are liste by their scientific names with only a few noting their common names. I wish I had gotten the older edition.
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After a recent trip to Florida, I wanted to know about the different types of palm trees. This beautiful book contains everything I could ever want to know. It has gorgeous pictures to help me identify trees, locations where the trees are found and so much more.
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Bought this book for my palm obsessed brother for Xmas because I heard it was the best. It must be...he already had a copy and loves it!
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Good photos and lots of information. Seems to have more info. than other books about palm trees. Would recommend it!
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