Books For Plant Lovers

Books For Plant Lovers

Over the past few years, plants have become a real passion of mine. Tending to the houseplants I own, tracking down new varieties, and propagating cuttings has become a hobby I indulge in on a daily basis. I now own close to 100 different species and many more individual plants!

Houseplants have become a way for me to decorate my apartment while reaping the air purifying and mood boosting benefits. If I’m not caring for the plants I already own, I’m either trying to swap cuttings or reading about them! Here are some of the best books for plants lovers:

House Plant Expert by D.G. Hessayon

This is the ultimate guide to keeping plants at home. It’s packed with information on plant species, living conditions, pest control, and propagation. It’s an old book yet not at all outdated; while it would be lovely to have a modern update to include some new species, this is still an absolute must-have for plant enthusiasts. I refer back to this book whenever I’m struggling with a fussy plant and I always find the answers I’m looking for. The Expert Series by Dr. D.G. Hessayon also includes The Indoor Plant Spotter, a great book for identifying houseplants.

Plant Love by Alys Fowler

A useful book for modern houseplant owners, packed with plenty of information on how to care for your plants including light conditions, propagation, and in-depth plant care. If you're new to plant collecting and have some of the more popular species of houseplant, this serves as an excellent guide to making sure you're doing things right. It has a beautiful layout with clear instructions and stunning photography making it easy to tend to your houseplants successfully.

Living With Plants by Sophie Lee

This book goes beyond plant care into the realms of home decor and DIY. With gorgeous photography, you can learn how to not only care for your plants and style them in your home but create plant pots, hangers, and terrariums to grow them in. It’s a beautiful looking coffee table book that’s super useful and interesting to read; written by Sophie Lee, founder of Geo Fleur.

RHS Plants From Pips by Holly Farrell

If you’re keen to expand your houseplant collection into a little bit of windowsill gardening, this book is useful to have on hand. It shows you how to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables indoors from the pips and seeds you’d usually discard. It contains lovely illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, which I’ve used to successfully grow a variety of plants.

The Plant Hunters by Carolyn Fry

This is an absolutely gorgeous book for true plant enthusiasts taking you back through history to tell the stories of plant hunters who explored remote and uncharted lands in order to discover new plant species. Within the pages you’ll find a mix of photographs and illustrations alongside reproduced original documents from the Kew archives.

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

This was the book that made me realise my love for plants. It’s the true story of John Laroche, a convicted thief, America’s orchid subculture, Florida’s swamps, and an obsession with a rare and endangered ghost orchid. It’s such a wonderful book about people and their passions; what it means to love something deeply and then let it go.

The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena

An absolutely thrilling read about the botanical horticulturist Carlos Magdalena and his ability to bring plants back from the brink of extinction. Awe-inspiring and unbelievable, it’s a phenomenally good read especially for anyone interested in rare and exotic plant species. I couldn’t put the book down and once I’d finished it, I wanted to read it all over again.

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