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Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants (Hardcover)

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Michigan has great soil and an abundance of fresh water. It's no surprise that we have an unusual wealth of independent growers and garden centers, including the author's family run Steinkopf Nursery in Farmington Hills. With our freezing winters, most of our year round local nurseries have greenhouses filled with tender perennial or tropical "houseplants." This book guides you through plant selection and maintenance, including the arts of repotting and propagating. Plants are categorized by how difficult they are to grow or keep alive. On the back cover is a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia), which I highly recommend if you want a plant that keeps on giving no matter how much you neglect it.

— From Carla's Picks


What's the best way to nurture your green thumb when you don't have a yard or space? Houseplants! This is your guide to raising the best, healthiest, and happiest potted plants nature has ever seen.

When you want to raise plants but just don’t have the space, then it’s time to turn to houseplants! Houseplants is the definitive guide to the millions of varieties that houseplants come in, and the different levels of maintenance, care and know-how they all require. 

Now is your chance to dive into this pleasant, no-yard-required hobby without the questions of which potting mix to try, what the right level of light you’ll need, or how to shift your plants as seasons change. Houseplants profiles more than 150 different plants, and gives you the best techniques to raise them to be happy, green, and healthy. And as you watch them grow, you can stimulate your inner botanist with the included information on each plant’s Latin family, varieties, bloom period, mature height, and other scientific specs.

About the Author

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is The Houseplant Guru, who features all things houseplants on her blog, She has written for, Real Simple magazine, Michigan Gardener Magazine, the houseplant section of Allan Armitage’s Greatest Perennials and Annuals app, and Michigan Gardening Magazine, where she writes a monthly column. She worked for more than a decade at Steinkopf Nursery as the Annuals and Houseplants Manager, and has been interviewed online, in print, and on TV about houseplants. She harbors well over 1,000 houseplants in her home.

Praise For…

"This book definitely delivers on what it sets out to achieve and I hope it will empower readers to embrace the houseplant revival."  

- The Garden Magazine

Houseplants gives you the best techniques to water, fertilize, groom, propagate and more—helping you keep your plants healthy.
- Michigan Gardener

Comprehensive, useful, and a delight to pore through, this really is the “complete guide” to houseplants! 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781591866909
ISBN-10: 1591866901
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English