Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Happy Cactus by DK

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Happy Cactus
by DK

ISBN-13: 9781465474537
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: DK
Released: May 15, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
In-depth profiles, care tips, and display inspiration for more than 50 popular cactus and succulent varieties. 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 water it, what to feed it, what to look out for, and how to encourage its distinctive traits, from flower stalks to fast growth.

Whether you're seeking a stylish houseplant for your apartment but struggling to keep more temperamental plants alive, or you're a green-fingered cactus enthusiast determined to get your precious plant to grow and flower this year, Happy Cactus is here to answer your questions.

My Review:
Happy Cactus is a gardening book about growing cacti and succulents as houseplants. The book started by talking about choosing a pot and soil, how much sunlight, fertilizer, and water they need, how to repot or propagate them, and dealing with potential pests. Then they provided specific details for about 46 types of cacti and succulents (with sidebars on related plants). These in-depth pages talked about characteristics of the plants (like height, potential pests, how fast it grows, and spines) and care instructions (how much sunlight it needs, when to fertilize and water, plus repotting, propagating, and flowering tips).

They talked about cacti that are only a few inches tall to those that can grow several feet tall. They talked about plants that have spines and those that don't. They even talked about cacti that are grown in a hanging pot. This book is a fun way to learn more about these plants and potentially find some that would suit your house. The only thing they don't really cover is how to find these plants, as some aren't going to be in your local stores.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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