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The Complete Book of Cacti and Succulents Hardcover – 1993


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751300497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751300499
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 23.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featuring everything from day-to-day creative displays and propagation, the book is a comprehensive practical guide to choosing, growing and displaying cacti and succulents indoors and out. An extensive photographic A-Z catalogue profiles close to 300 plants, giving details of their form, size, flowering, growth, and special needs. A full-colour guide focuses on the diverse shapes and colours and offers imaginative ideas for indoor and garden displays.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is very well produced and the photography is very good. The author is well known and respected in Cacti circles and the book reflects his knowledge and status. The first section relates to the history and discovery of cacti and shows some amazing photographs of cacti in their habitat. It goes on to show how best to display your cacti in suitable containers and then a chapter on the differing shapes of the plants and their flowers The plant catalogue itself does not show too many of the different genera, but the popular ones are there and what it does do is show photographs of a number of species within a certain genera and this appeals to me. Too many books try to over-reach themselves and try to cram in as many genera as possible, showing a photograph of one species and very short descriptions of one or two other species. In this book the descriptions of each plant give the average height, flower colour etc. and also the min. temp. each plant will stand. The book shares space equally between true cacti and succulents and they are presented separately which makes the book layout clean and easily readable. At the end of the book are several pages on plant selection in sections, i.e. Plants for beginners; Plants for the Greenhouse; Free Flowering plants etc. This is another plus. One criticism I have is that many of the plants are photographed from directly overhead, this may be aesthetically pleasing, but does not give a true reflection of the size and shape of the plant and is not really my cup of tea. But this is a small moan about what is otherwise an excellent book. At this price the book is a good buy and there is something for everyone interested in the care of these unusual plants. I am happy to have this book in my collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Novello-davies on 2 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Six months ago I knew nothing about cacti, apart from the fact that they had spines. Then I found this book. Coffee table size, beautifully illustrated, and packed with information on how to look after a new plant how to display, and most importantly how not to kill with kindness. 176 pages with the latin and common name. This is the first book I go to when I find a prickily plant that I am tempted to buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carolina on 1 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very nice and complete book. Lots of high quality pictures and it was very usefull for my purposes. Loved it.
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We chose this book because in a past life we had been interested in cacti and knew this to be a good, comprehensive but easy to understand book. No problems there

Obviously, we were pleased to see a copy which was quoted as "NEW" by the seller on sale. Sadly, when the book arrived, it was clearly not new. The pages were discoloured and there were empty seed packets inside which had been used as bookmarks. OK - so, it was inexpensive ....... but ...... don't advertise an item as new if it isn't!!!!
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By Mrs. M.A. McGillen on 3 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very good book. Everything that you need for caring for cacti & succulents. Well worth a read. Good value too.
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