Happy cactus Cacti, succulents, and more

Book - 2018

"Have you just joined the cactus craze? Do you want to know how to make your little bundle of spikes thrive, flower and breed? This quirky pocket-sized book is your essential guide to pleasing your prickly pet. Your cactus may be surviving, but is it happy? There's so much more to these little green plants than just keeping them alive. Happy Cactus gets right to the point with practical advice from potting to propagating. Unearth the secrets of different cacti and succulents, with profiles on more than 50 popular varieties - from the cute, flowering pincushion cactus to the wacky prickly pear, discover what makes your plant unique and how it might behave when treated with a little bit of love. Find out where to put it, when to wat...er it, what to feed it, what to look out for and how to encourage its distinctive traits, from flower stalks to fast growth. Flick through inspirational features to help you create a show-stopping cactus display. Whether you're a young urbanite seeking a stylish houseplant for your flat but struggling to keep more temperamental plants alive, or a green-fingered cactus enthusiast determined to get your precious plant to grow and flower this year, Happy Cactus is here to answer all your questions." --

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London : Dorling Kindersley Limited 2018.
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
144 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Myth-busting
  • Choose it
  • Choose a pot
  • Plant & position it
  • Water & feed it
  • Repot it
  • Share it
  • Pests & diseases.
Review by Booklist Review

Succulents, the group of plants that includes cacti, are having an undisputed moment. This guide to succulent care begins with a handy spread to identify plants readers may be familiar with by look, if not by name. A detailed, 20-or-so-page introduction on the basics of growing them at home comes next, including instructions for repotting, fertilizing, handling, and when and how to best propagate them using cuttings. The importance of mimicking these particular plants' unique native rainfall and growth periods is appropriately emphasized. (Those well-labeled ID photos from the beginning are cleverly used throughout the text when plants are referenced.) The lion's share of the book is devoted to Prickly Profiles : appealing two-page spreads of 105 different succulents and cacti that address plants' stats, standard needs, and special requirements in a fun, conversational style. Informative and easy to reference, this is also well designed and graphically rich, making it a great addition to popular-gardening collections.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This winsome beginner's guide to caring for cacti and succulents packs a lot of information into creatively designed, colorful pages. Most of the book is taken up by profiles of 105 cacti and succulents, and each profile includes information about watering, feeding, and propagating, as well as a fun section highlighting related species called "Meet the Relatives," allowing readers to connect the dots between, for instance, old lady cactus (named for its white hairlike spines) and its "pincushion" cacti cousins. The pictures are helpfully illustrative, and a guide to scale offers essential perspective for those looking to invest in a new plant. The book's chipper tone perfectly matches its friendly visual design, with plants pictured at the center of the page accompanied by informative speech bubbles. Experienced cacti growers will know this basic stuff, but those newly interested in cacti and succulents will be well served by this book. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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