You don’t have to go far to find plenty of coffee table books available with pretty pictures and only very basic, if any, care information. If that floats your boat, then go for those.
I personally don’t see much point in spending money on a book with pictures of plants, over actual living plants I can have in my home, or a more practical book that helps me look after them.
Best houseplant books and podcasts
By far the most useful book that I’ve encountered that gets into the nitty gritty of houseplant care, is Darryl Cheng’s New Plant Parent.
It’s incredibly easy to read, has lots of photos illustrating everything from soil mediums through to nodes. I learned so much, in particular how to understand and measure light, how to repot plants, and the importance of aeration in soil.
I couldn’t not mention Jane Perrone’s On the Ledge podcast, which is informative, funny, and essential. So much so that after listening to a handful of episodes, I signed up as a Patreon supporter straight away.
Other useful books
- The Houseplant Expert, Dr D. G. Hessayon – an all time great for good reason!
- How to Raise a Plant and Make it Love You Back, Morgan Doane and Erin Harding – a nice introductory book, with specific advice on certain plants
Happy reading! 📚
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