Edible Houseplants

Grow Your Own Citrus, Coffee, Vanilla, and 43 Other Tasty Tropical Plants

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Pub Date 26 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 26 Sep 2023
Storey Publishing, Storey Publishing, LLC

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Houseplant enthusiasts will be delighted to discover the range of tropical plants that can be grown in containers indoors, in any location. Laurelynn and Byron Martin, owners of Logee's Plants for Home & Garden, are nationally renowned for their expertise in growing fruit-bearing and tropical plants indoors. Their colorful guide features photos and complete care guidelines for 46 food-bearing plants, includes lemons, limes, grapefruit, cherries, olives, passion fruit, papaya, and much more. Fresh, fragrant, and flavorful, Edible Houseplants expands the fun and pleasure of growing indoor plants.

Houseplant enthusiasts will be delighted to discover the range of tropical plants that can be grown in containers indoors, in any location. Laurelynn and Byron Martin, owners of Logee's Plants for...

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This is my new favorite gardening book! I'm an avid gardener (Zone 9) and I love to grow exotic edibles in my yard. I currently have calamondin, kumquat, starfruit, passionfruit, bananas, loquats and my towering 40 ft. avocado tree...but this book also suggests options I had not previously considered.

I would love to try my hand at growing chocolate, black pepper, vanilla and cinnamon in containers. I am so impressed by the in-depth coverage in this book, ranging from growing conditions to potential problems and pests. It also touches on the pros and cons of container types, potting mixes and propagation tips. If you are new to gardening, no worries, this book has you covered.

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I AM IN LOVE WITH ALL THE ILLUSTRATIONS!!! This book is great and even though I probably won't grow any of these plants, I would like to think I will just from the sheer perfection of this book, though.

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If you are looking to grow edible tropical fruits and how to grow them in planters/in your garden, this is the book! It is quite detailed and educational, and as a beginner gardener I felt like I've learnt a lot from this book. I love that it comes with a plant care guide which included pests and diseases, and even pros/cons of types of pots! The drawings and photos are big bonus points as words can only describe so much when it comes to a plant.

The only thing that took me by surprise is that I'd assumed "Edible Houseplants" meant herb or leafy greens (I literally only read the title, saw the cover, and as a newbie gardener I am eager to read anything about growing edible plants) and was surprised to find a very detailed information on lots of different kinds of citrus and tropical fruits, some of which I am not even sure if I can find seeds for in Australia but still enjoyed learning about.

All in all - Would recommend for any beginners looking to grow tropical fruits in the house! A star off because I wish the book had even more fruits LOL!

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Thank you to netgalley for the ARC!

Beautiful illustrations, fantastic starting point as someone who knows next to nothing about growing things (though I'm trying my best!) It demystifies the process to me, which is a key to a great book!

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This book is so exciting because I love to eat and I have no idea how to grow things but I find myself increasingly motivated to grow things I can eat! I also have very little garden space and would prefer to be able to grow things in pots - so this book is perfect! It's got very cute illustrations and lovely photos - which is essential for me because I'm a very visual learner. All of the instructions are simple and easy to follow which is also an essential requirement for me!

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What a marvelous discovery! This houseplant how-to goes beyond any other. The well organized, beautifully illustrated book guides the reader through the steps to grow lemons, limes, avocados, figs and much more indoors. It discusses the pitfalls of using various types of planters, gives recommendations for adding nutrients and warns against pests and how to control them.

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This was a very informative book. I highly enjoyed learning about all of the fruit bearing plants, now I need to add to my collection. This was so good and helpful.
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Wow a book which gives us city flat dweller's an option to grow plants which not only look good indoors but taste good too. Why only have attractive plants to look at in your living room, now you can taste them as well. Great info in the book, easy to understand too.

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This was a very useful book on edible plants that we can grow in our homes. It helped me rescue my dwindling coffee plant and inspired me to try and grow more exotic fruits by myself. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in growing these plants.

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Edible Houseplants is really informative. I honestly had no idea so many edible plants can be grown at home and I was fascinated at the information on how to grow and harvest the plants. Although the information for each plant is very brief just knowing its possible allows for further research if I decide to try growing some of my favorites. It’s a very interesting read.

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As an enthusiastic gardener with over 80 houseplants and two outdoor gardens, I must say this book is truly amazing! It provides detailed insights on a variety of plants that I never would have considered growing. Being in hardiness zone 8A, I have always been hesitant to try growing more tropical plants, but this book has given me the confidence to give it a go.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful and are my favorite part. The plant-specific chapters provide fairly detailed information; however, they may not be detailed enough for beginners. The plant care section at the end is great and makes everything very beginner-friendly, but it would be helpful if this section was at the beginning of the book to avoid newbies being intimidated at first.

I am excited to try my hand at growing these plants! It's still early in the spring, and I'm optimistic that I can get a lot of growth going outside this summer before moving them inside or hopefully establishing them outside!

Thank you Netgalley, Storey Publishing, and the Martins for this book. I will be buying a hardcopy as soon as it’s available!

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For any gardener interested in fruiting plants, this book really meets a all expectations, and then some. The information, layout and photographs are excellent, and it covers a large range of fruit that can be grown indoors or in outdoor room . The information about each plants growing conditions, and attributes are well explained and there are a large range of fruit trees, some of which sound intriguing.
I really like this book, and I really recommend it to any gardener to use or maybe just dream about the fruit that can be grown as houseplants. Thanks you NetGalley and the publishers for the DRC

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What an amazing book that is so educational in all the information that it gives. The illustrations are such a fabulous bonus. This is the best gardening book that I have ever seen and just to browse and learn about all the edible plants makes it worth looking at for non-gardeners.
Thank you so much for letting me have a copy of such a wonderful book.

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This book gave me the confidence that I can grow my own citrus tree and I can't wait to get one. It's full of information on how you can grow different kind of edible houseplants so I think anyone can do it.

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This is such a wonderful book. It's beautiful to look at, informative, and opens up a whole new dimension of gardening, and is complete with recipes and useful information such as how to use each part of the banana plant. Perfect!

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An excellent reference book. Helpful in an age where tiktok has a class of influencers who are showing people there are different edible plants in the the world than what is found in our grocery stores. This updated reference guide is sure to appeal to younger generations with it's useful, user friendly information and layout.

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Edible Houseplants by Laurelynn G. Martin is an excellent reference book for anyone who wants to grow their own citrus, coffee, vanilla, and other tropical plants indoors. It is particularly useful for beginners who may not have outdoor space to garden in. The book provides complete care guidelines and colorful photos for 46 food-bearing plants, including lemons, limes, grapefruit, cherries, olives, passion fruit, and papaya. Each fruit receives a two-page spread, with information that is broken down into easily consumable pieces.

The book is broken down into five parts, with Part 1 (Citrus Fruits) and Part 2 (The Rest of the Tropical Fruit Basket) making up the bulk of the book. In fact, 80% of the fruits listed in the book are covered in these two sections. Part 3 (Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate), Part 4 (Sugar and Spices), and Part 5 (Plant Care) are smaller portions of the book, and I was a bit disappointed with this because not everyone wants to grow entire citrus trees in their home. However, there are many books that already discuss what herbs can be grown indoors, so I don't blame the Martins for leaving those out.

While this book covers a wide variety of edible house plants, there are many that are left out. The book heavily features citrus and tropical fruits. This book is best suited for beginners. it's a great starting point for those interested in indoor gardening and will provide a solid foundation of knowledge. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner that won't overwhelm those just starting their gardening journey. However, experts or those studying botany or similar subjects may find that this book does not offer much new information. Also, this book probably isn't the best for those in growing zones 9 and 10, as there will likely be a lot of overlap between the plants in this book and outdoor gardening books for those zones.

It's worth noting that Laurelynn and Byron Martin are the owners of Logee's Plants for Home & Garden. This store is pretty well-known within the plant community and has a positive reputation and reliable quality of plants and information.

If I were to suggest any changes, I would've loved for the watercolor-style artwork of each fruit to be bigger on their respective page.

Overall, I would recommend Edible Houseplants to beginning hobbyists, public libraries, and those in larger city areas where typical outdoor gardening space may not be available.

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