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Gardening in the Tropics [Hardcover]

R.E. Holitum , Ivan Enoch , R.E. Holttum
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Feb 1995
An enormous encyclopedia of tropical gardening that will be of interest not only to gardeners in tropical and subtropical areas but also to greenhouse enthusiasts everywhere. Included are detailed, illustrated listings of herbaceous plants, shrubs and climbers, trees and palms, foliage plants, and orchids. Although written specifically for the tropical climate of Malaysia, the book is also useful for the less steamy conditions of Hawaii, south Florida, and southern California.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Times Editions (Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812041990
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812041999
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 20 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,372,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" This book was originally written for the Malaysian gardener, which gives it a unique cachet as it allows the reader to get tips and tricks from across the globe." -- American Homeowner Magazine, September 17, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Finally a book about tropical plants for people living in the tropics. The main focus is on ornamental plants, however there are also informative sections on fruits, vegetables and garden care. The information is detailed, practical and, as I have discovered, accurate. In my opinion the style is very easy to read. The many photographs are invaluable for selecting appropriate plants. Originally the book was written for Malaysia and Singapore. However, my experience has been that the advice is also appropriate for Caribbean conditions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated and expensive. 13 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Payed a lot of money to buy this book and it was a disappointment.
I got this book only because it is considered by some to be the best on the subject.
It was first published in 1991 and the last print was in 2002.
Maybe it was an excellent book for the time it was first published, but it looks pretty much outdated today.
Includes few color photos, but mostly sketches that are not helpful at all.
I noticed that there is only one photograph of a tropical passion flower!
There is also a problem with the names of certain genus and species that have changed, as the old names are used.
Search for more recent publications on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information for gardeners in the tropics 27 July 1998
By Ravi Tewari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Finally a book about tropical plants for people living in the tropics. The main focus is on ornamental plants, however there are also informative sections on fruits, vegetables and garden care. The information is detailed, practical and, as I have discovered, accurate. In my opinion the style is very easy to read. The many photographs are invaluable for selecting appropriate plants. Originally the book was written for Malaysia and Singapore. However, my experience has been that the advice is also appropriate for Caribbean conditions.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tropical Gardeners' Bible 14 Jan 2003
By Renee Thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Written for Malaysia, this book skimps on very little when it comes to tropical gardening.
Writer acknowledges that Malaysia's seasons (Hot/Wet and Hot/Very Wet) are not necessarily the same as, say, Indonesia's or Hawaii's. Therefore, the section on cacti and succulents is a bit scant. And I wished for a little more variety in palms. What nearly makes up for this is the completeness of all the other categories... shrubs, flowering plants, foliage plants, water plants, so on. Amazing detail is given for each plant and, often, its variations. Holtum can always be relied upon to comment on, say, a plant's success at high altitude or near the sea.
Lots of suggestions for how a plant should be used in relation to other species or what size garden it requires. But no landscaping sketches... this is all imparted through the text and sometimes photos. With each listing, the reader will be able to learn rates of growth, most appropriate methods of propagation, etc. Photos excellent but not always inserted RIGHT next to the appropriate text, and sometimes a plant is listed/written about in more than one place (without any good note to this fact). All in all, though, it's a useful reference book without extraneous chit chat.
Bonus for Indonesia and Malaysia: along with plants' common English name and Latin name, we get the Malay name (usually same as Indonesian). Extremely useful for dealing with local suppliers.
I have been very happy with this huge and generally well organized book. None of the gorgeous looking Periplus or smaller tropical plant books come close to the usefulness of this book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening In The Tropics 11 Oct 2002
By Sheri Ann Richerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a rather large book specifically written for gardeners in tropical regions of the world such as Malaysia and Singapore. It contains numerous plant photos and descriptions as well as basic gardening information relevant to those in tropical climates
However, it is a valuable resource for those growing tropical plants outside of these climates as well due to the number of photos and descriptive information on each plant. The book covers such topics as tropical climates, garden planning, pests, disesases and weeds in addition to information on topics such as bonsai.
I found some of the reading to be a bit in-depth for the typical indoor grower and was hoping to find plant by plant propagation information instead of a chapter of general information on the subject but as a plant reference book, you cannot go wrong with this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 7 Nov 2009
By Pierce Gerety - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Comprehensive - good to have volume. Could have some more detail in places but given the huge scope of the subject it is very nice. Gives reader many ideas on species and gardening plans. Old schoold writing style and layout.
Useful for those gardening in tropical climes.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated. 26 Oct 2010
By eliasastro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this book just because it is considered by some to be the best on the subject.
It was first published in 1991 and the last print was in 2002.
Maybe it was an excellent book for the time it was first published, but it looks pretty much outdated today.
Includes many color photos, but also many sketches that are not helpful at all.
I noticed that there is only one photograph of a tropical passion flower!
There is also a problem with the names of certain species that have changed, as the old names are used.
Search for more recent publications on the subject.
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