Sunday, April 4, 2021

Tiny Plants: Discover the joys of growing and collecting itty-bitty houseplants

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Tiny Plants is a fun gardening guide with emphasis on the smallest houseplants and ways to display them written and presented by Leslie Halleck. Due out 27th April 2021 from Quarto on their Cool Springs Press imprint, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook available now). 

This is a well illustrated, specific, detailed, and appealing guide to culturing and succeeding with the tiniest plants. I was impressed by the broad range of plants the author has included. There are exotic and advanced plants (micro-sundews and lots of tiny tiny orchids) alongside the more expected succulents, teacup gesneriads (not just African violets, either), and ferns. The author gives specific information about light, feeding, potting mix, containers, siting, humidity, and all the other 1001 things which plants need to thrive. 

In addition to the very good, very specific culture information, the book is absolutely full of eye-candy for home hobbyists. The photography and planting photos are clear and easy to follow. Plant information is provided with botanical (Latin) names as well as common names to make them as easy to source as possible. The author has included some useful appendices with links to supplies and plants as well as a cross-referenced index. 

Four stars. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it unhesitatingly to indoor gardeners, garden groups, public or classroom library acquisition, or gifting to a plant lover.

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

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