- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press; 3rd edition (May 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160469095X
- ISBN-13: 978-1604690958
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Botany for Gardeners offers a clear explanation of how plants grow. What happens inside a seed after it is planted?How are plants structured?How do plants adapt to their environment?How is water transported from soil to leaves?Why are minerals, air, and light important for healthy plant growth?How do plants reproduce?The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes, written in everyday language, allow gardeners and horticulturists to understand plants "from the plant's point of view."A best-seller since its debut in 1990, "Botany for Gardeners has now been expanded and updated, and includes an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even more attractive than its predecessor.
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If your answer is to remove it immediately to keep the plant looking its best, you need to read this book.
Yes, this book contains a great deal of information from the structure of cells all the way to the many and varied forms of plant reproduction. In and of itself, this information would be enough to make this book a good if challenging read. However, the tidbits the author scatters in passing such as the answer to the initial question above make this book all the more worthwhile.
And the reason you shouldn't remove the dying leaf immediately, you ask? The plant is smarter than you think: it actually uses the time during which the leaf withers to remove nutrients and minerals to be recycled.
Strongly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in plants. It gives the reader a much broader understanding of the wonder and complexity of plants. One might ask the question, "Why should I be interested in plants?" One answer is: "Plants can live without animals, animals cannot live without plants." Another answer is: Most plants cannot move and plants have amazing diversity because they cannot move. This book reveals some of the fascinating diversity of plants.
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Author rambles on at times. Definitions are frequently ahead of keywords, occasionally obscuring meaning...Read more