Review: The Indoor Plant and Flower Expert by Dr D.G. Hessayon

If you don’t have a garden or a yard, you can still bring nature in to your home with houseplants. And what’s more houseplants too are great for the environment, helping to purify the air and reduce CO2. Whether you are new to houseplants or are wanting to take better care of your existing houseplants, The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert is a fantastic guide to all you need to know about houseplants from choosing one to purchase, where to place plants in the home by room, grouping plants together, through to repotting.

The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert includes an Indoor Plants A-Z which helps you to identify plants and the “secrets of success” to maintaining their care – including the temperature, light, water, repotting and propagation.This A-Z is especially useful if you are someone who has inherited plants or someone who has plants at home but is unsure of the type of plant it is and what to do to maintain it. This comprehensive guide includes 350 plants as well as over 400 cut flowers that you can buy or grow.

Given that succulents, cacti, ferns, orchids, palms and bonsais have become popular indoor plants, The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert takes an in-depth look at how best to care for these specific plants.

The book also touches on how to be your own indoor landscape gardener as it were by Roomscaping. Taking into consideration factors such as shape, texture and pattern of plants, The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert makes suggestions on where best to place indoor plants. It also introduces the reader to glass gardens, such as terrariums, which have become popular choices particularly among those who want to introduce some green in to their homes, often with very little maintenance required.

A good home for plants to thrive in is one in which all their needs are taken care of by the plant carer. In addition to watering plants, providing plants with nutrients, and ensuring they get the right amount of lighting, it is important that the carer be aware of the temperature in their home, which is why The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert suggests to have a Maximum Minimum Digital Thermometer.

A useful guide to troubleshooting provides the reader with illustrations of common ailments of plants, usually caused by too little, too much of one or more of the essential growth factors – light, water, warmth, humidity and nutrient supply – encouraging plant owners to learn to recognise the symptoms and causes of problems, many of which can be stopped or cured if tackled quickly.

And for those who like having cut flowers in the home, The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert also gives information on types of flowers as well as suggestions on flower arranging.

Dr Hessayon’s book has apparently sold a “record-breaking 16 million copies” worldwide. In addition to following your intuition when caring for houseplants and flowers, you would do well to have The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert to refer to as a point of reference if and when needed.

The Indoor Plant and Flower Expert by Dr D.G. Hessayon, published by Transworld Publishers is available from Amazon and other good book stores

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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