Monday, March 22, 2021

Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom: A Room-by-Room Guide to Styling and Caring for Your Houseplants

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Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom is a beginner's guide to choosing and keeping houseplants written by Emily L. Hay Hinsdale. Due out 13th April 2021 from Simon & Schuster on their Tiller Press imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

This is a well written tutorial guide with culture tips for plants in a very easy-to-understand format. The first section introduces the plants and very basic info on how to keep plants alive. The second (larger) section is a room-by-room guide to choosing plants for specific conditions and includes light, heat, humidity and other conditions. The information is -very- basic and aimed at beginners.

The illustrations by Loni Harris are simple, very pretty, and accentuate the text well. There are no photos in this collection. Side notes or special info is provided in highlighted text boxes. In general botanical names (Latin nomenclature) are *not* used which seems to have been a conscious choice to make the text more accessible for beginners. Most of the Latin names can be found in the index with links to the relevant info in the main text.

This would be a good selection for library or classroom acquisition, gifting (perhaps to a young adult recently moved into their first apartment?) or for beginning indoor gardeners who want to get some suggestions for styling with plants.

Three and a half stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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