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The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants Paperback – May 1, 1998
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Peter D'Amato has been raising carnivorous plants for three decades, and his nursery, California Carnivores, houses the world's largest collection of flesh-eating flora. There's not much D'Amato doesn't know about growing these oddballs of the plant world, and he imparts his expertise gracefully and with humor in The Savage Garden, which is aimed at curious gardeners who want to grow carnivorous plants both indoors and out. From the ever-fascinating Venus flytrap to the aquatic bladderwort and the rather extravagantly sexual-looking pitcher plant, these exotic plants have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but D'Amato proves otherwise. The necessary water and soil chemistry, proper lighting, and propagation tips are discussed thoroughly along with descriptions and growing tips for many species in each of 11 plant families.
If plants can have personalities, these do--or at least appear to in the hundreds of witty photographs and colored illustrations that show them both at their hungriest and at their most innocuous. This is a stunningly comprehensive guide that will inspire and fascinate even the most squeamish gardener. -- Barrie Trinkle
About the Author
Peter D'Amato has been growing flesh-eating plants for over thirty years. His nursery, California Carnivores, houses the world's largest collection of carnivorous plants. THE SAVAGE GARDEN is the 1999 winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award and 1999 Quill & Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association of America.
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Detailed info on even the most obscure species, however futile that info might actually be in practice (since they're impossible to get a hold of), though also overflowing with optimal culturing info on common and semi-rare species also. A joy to own, and will set you right on track to cultivating thriving and beamingly luscious carnivorous plants!
Surprisingly enough, this book rivals Darwin's compiled works on carnivorous plants in its diverse and questioning analysis on carnivorous plant preying methods, and even definitions. Nice list of cultivars and hybrids, although more can be found on the author's web page California Carnivores from time to time as they enter the hobby.
Great color photos accompany the already well-rounded book.
Highly recommended, and in fact essential to anyone who owns even a single venus flytrap!
With access to forums and Facebook groups, people don't necessarily have to rely on printed books for information on how to grow CPs anymore. I've been growing CPs for over 20 years and I've found many things through trial and error and by asking other growers. Carnivorous plants are a lot easier to grow than people think, and the ideas and inspiration you can get from other growers around this community go far beyond what any book can provide. Having said that if there was one book I'd recommend to people if they absolutely had to have a book or just really wanted one, it would be this one. It covers all the bases quite well.