The Complete Illustrated Guide to Growing Cacti & Succulents Reviews


The Complete Illustrated Guide to Growing Cacti & Succulents

Spiky, smooth, round, long or thin cacti and succulents come in all shapes and sizes. The purpose of this book is to help you know, enjoy and care for these striking decorative plants. The section on care and cultivation provides step-by-step guidance on all aspects of buying, planting and maintaining cacti and succulents, ensuring gardening success whatever your level of experience.

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  • J. Chippindale says:
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Good, All Round Guide, December 5, 2007
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    J. Chippindale (England) –

    This book is written by two of the most respected names in cacti circles, Miles Anderson and Terry Hewitt. Miles has his own cacti nursery in the United States and is always ready to answer queries, whether it be about his nursery, his books or succulents in general.

    The book deals with everything from bowl gardens, usually hated by serious cacti collectors, but they do have their place and can be very attractive in the right situation. The important thing is the book tells you how to plant one correctly and what species will go well together. It then gives a general review on some of the most popular cacti and other succulents and their needs, i.e. correct temp., size they can attain, the best compost to use etc.

    There is plenty of information on watering techniques, propagation from seed, offsets and grafting. I fact you can find most things you need to know to keep your plants healthy and some of the photographs are stunning. it certainly does not give information on every species you are likley to come across, but that is not what the book sets out to do. For that kind of information you would need the Cactus Lexicon or The Cactus Family, both costing well over £50.

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  • Marvin M. says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Complete Illustrated Guide to Growing Cacti and Succulents, April 18, 2009
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    Marvin M. (CA USA) –

    This is a large format book written in a clear and helpful style. For the beginner it may be a book that will inspire to learn more about these plants, and for the casual collector it contains enough care and identification information to be helpful. Most of the genera is covered, but there are some gaps, and that is to expected in a book of this size.

    The material is attractively presented, with some fine photographs and some basic care instructions.

    There are sections on care and cultivation, pests, tools, equipment, design ideas and a plant index

    This is a book which will appeal more to the casual collector or beginner of cacti or succulents than to the researcher or taxonomist.

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  • C. Wilson says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    Outstanding Book, June 9, 2007
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    C. Wilson (Central Florida) –

    This is a beautiful book with great pictures and illustrations. Much eduacational information regarding plant anatomy, cultivation, natural habitat, and display. Great selection of species with pictures and detailed specific information.

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