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Happy Houseplants: 30 Lovely Varieties to Brighten Up Your Home

Happy Houseplants: 30 Lovely Varieties to Brighten Up Your Home

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Happy Houseplants: 30 Lovely Varieties to Brighten Up Your Home

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125 pages
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Aug 22, 2017


For anyone who has longed for a garden of their own—whether a city dweller or one with less-than-green thumbs—this is a handy little guide to growing and maintaining houseplants. Cheerful and informative, Happy Houseplants will guide any budding indoor botanist through a bevy of topics, from soil and water to light and fertilizer. With beautiful illustrations accompanying 30 different profiles of plants, from the easygoing Air Plant to the striking Zebra Cactus, this nifty book is the perfect gift for anyone looking to bring a piece of the outdoors inside.
Aug 22, 2017

About the author

Angela Staehling is a designer of home décor and gift products as well as an avid gardener and illustrator. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Happy Houseplants - Angela Staehling

imagine yourself in a tranquil setting, birds chirping, the scent of wildflowers all around while you breathe in the fresh air. Sounds good, right? Nature has the power to relax, restore, and rejuvenate. So why not bring a hint of that blissful goodness right into your home?

Houseplants can spruce up any indoor space. But for some of us, growing these green lovelies and tending to their needs is intimidating. Caring for the life of any organism can be daunting at first. Luckily, sustaining happy houseplants is actually pretty simple and, in the end, is a rewarding experience.

This book lays out the basic rules of thumb for growing thirty popular and easy-to-grow plants inside the home. Most plants have four basic needs: sunlight, water, soil, and fertilizer. In the following pages, I’ve outlined variations on these needs in each plant’s Step-by-Step Care section. Follow the right recipe for your plants’ needs and you can expect to have some happy houseplants at your side.

Most greenhouse experts will tell you that the more they learn about plants, the more they realize is yet to be learned—so keep an open mind and go easy on yourself. Slight fluctuations in temperature, humidity, and sunlight often occur throughout your home without your realizing it, and these changes, however small, can impact the life and health of your houseplants. The more you grow houseplants, the more familiar you’ll become with the nuanced needs of each type of plant and the differences in conditions around your space.

Make no mistake: there are fussy plants that will test your wits. If a temperamental plant is looking sickly after you’ve given it everything you think it needs, don’t give up. You can simply try switching things around to find the plant’s perfect growing conditions. Sometimes little things have the biggest impact on the health of your plant—a nudge closer to the window, less water to prevent root rot, or a nutritious boost of fertilizer. And if your love of one plant has completely faded, feel free to move on; there are plenty of others that would adore being in your home.

After neglecting some of my plants and smothering others with too much attention, I have learned over the years that finding a happy medium is key. Houseplants simply need a little love and care—not too much—and they will happily thrive for years to come.

Happy planting!

Getting Started

growing and caring for the thirty plants in this book only requires a few common tools and materials (some of which you may already have stashed around the house). Stock up on these basics and you can start creating a home full of happy houseplants in no time.



As adorable as they look hanging in the checkout lanes at your local nursery, gardening gloves often get overlooked when it comes to indoor planting. But trust me, as soon as you start getting your hands dirty, you’ll be wishing for a pair. They do much more than prevent black soil from getting wedged under your fingernails—gloves prevent your skin from drying out and protect hands from spines and sharp leaves. (They are mandatory when it comes to handling cacti.)

Gardening gloves come in various sizes and different materials such as cloth, rubber, leather, suede, or synthetic blends. Thicker, heavier fabrics work for holding cacti, whereas thinner, less bulky gloves are better for handling delicate

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