Best Houseplant Books
A houseplant guide book can be exactly what you need to get you started with looking after houseplants or to help those more experienced who are either having a bit of trouble or are starting to look after new plants with more rigorous care demands. Houseplant care books outline the basics of houseplant care, care specific to particular types of plant and some tips you might not have thought of.
The best books for houseplant care are the ones written by people who have extensive knowledge of houseplant or organisations that have years of experience and wisdom to pass on to you. Below we have compiled a list of, in our opinion, the best houseplant books currently available.
Top 5 Houseplant Books
Here is the list of what we believe to be the five best houseplant books:
- RHS Practial House Plant Book
- The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants
- How Not to Kill Your Houseplant
- Wild At Home
- The Little Book Of Houseplants And Other Greenery
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RHS Practical House Plant Book
It should come as no surprise that one of the top houseplant books is from the Royal Horticultural Society. This practical houseplant book contains 175 different plant profiles, in addition to key gardening design principles and a whole section dedicated to ‘what’s wrong with my plant’ that should help you trouble shoot some of the most common houseplant issues. This is a great book for those of you just getting started who want to learn common houseplant issues and how best to design your plants to fit around your home.
The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants
Kew gardens is a British institution visited by thousands of people every year. It was founded in 1759 and is home to the oldest indoor plant in the world. With centuries of knowledge and beautiful illustrations to accompany the information, this reference book is suitable for any houseplant lover who wants to learn more about caring for individual species or who wants to engage in fantastic plant projects for around their home. The book contains twelve exciting projects for you to try yourself.
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant
This book is for all of those of those who buy a houseplant and think this is the one only for it to die to weeks later, or the person who dreads being left in charge of someone else’s plants for only a week. It’s common for many ‘plant killers’ to actually love houseplants and to want to care for them but feel like they can’t. How Not To Kill Your Houseplant is aimed at people who are usually horticulturally challenged and need a bit of extra help. It’s a great book to demonstrate that anyone can look after plants, you just need to learn the basics. Coupled with gorgeous illustrations this is a must buy for anyone who has struggled with houseplants in the past but wants to learn how to care for them now.
Wild At Home
Wild At Home is the perfect companion for those of you who are not just interested in houseplant care but also the design that goes into a space filled with plants. The book itself is a work of art with visually stunning pages and beautiful photos. However a common issue seems to be that the book is geared towards people with a larger budget for spending on houseplants. If this isn’t you and you’re limited in your funds then this might not be the book to inspire you, but if you’re thinking big, you have a beautiful space and a lot of money to spend then this could be perfect. Especially since the book itself is just so beautiful to look at!
The Little Book Of Houseplants And Other Greenery
Our final of the best houseplant books is The Little Book Of Houseplants And Other Greenery. This guide takes you through 60 of the most popular varieties of houseplant and breaks down their individual care needs along with beautiful photos of the plants themselves. If you are looking for variety in your houseplant collection and you want to learn what different needs your different plants have then this could be the best houseplant book for you.
So there you have our complete list on the best books on how to care for houseplants. Each book offers something slightly different so it’s worth your time looking through them to see which one suits your needs. Best houseplants books for beginners look very different to a book aimed at someone with years of experience who just needs to hone their skills.
If you’re a beginner getting into houseplants or you have a history of killing houseplants then How Not To kill Your Houseplant might be the book for you. If you’re looking for something stylish and beautiful then Wild At Home could be perfect. For those of you interested in projects the Kew Garden Houseplant book would be great and for something more general why not try the RHS Practical House Plant Book.
Whatever your needs, the houseplant books you’ll find on this list are informative, useful and beautiful to look at. Even if they end up being a coffee table book they can be a great addition to your home, but hopefully they’ll be just what you need on your houseplant journey.
If you think there are any amazing books that we’ve missed off the list then let us know in the comments below so we can check them out. Similarly if you’ve already read one of these books and want to tell us what you thought then please let us know. We always love to hear about you and your comments and recommendations always end up introducing us to things we hadn’t thought of or hadn’t encountered before.
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