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Author: Gideon F. Smith


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Everything you need to know about cacti and succulents is packed into one easy-to-use volume!

  • Over 300 varieties of cacti and succulents in a user-friendly guide
  • Plant profiles include essential advice, scientific and common names, stunning photography, and more.
  • Seven notable collections are found in botanical gardens worldwide.
  • How to cultivate cacti and succulents, their natural habitats, care, handling, propagation, repotting, common pests and diseases, and more
  • Updated Edition features 70 new cacti species, 100 succulent species, up-to-date scientific names, 153 new illustrations, and a new foreword and preface.

There are over 10,000 species of succulents worldwide, of which cacti are but one family. This user-friendly handbook is your guide to selecting and cultivating these diverse and fascinating plants!

Appealing to novice and experienced gardeners, Cacti and Succulents Handbook, Expanded 2nd Edition provides comprehensive information on more than 300 common (and uncommon) species and varieties, including their ideal locations, natural habitats, and care and feeding needs. Complete descriptions and gorgeous color photographs make plant identification easy. Detailed care instructions will help ensure that plants thrive indoors or out in the city or the country.

Each well-illustrated and informational entry in the plant directory lists the number of species, botanical and common names, and essential must-know advice. Choose the right plants and help them thrive with simple step-by-step instructions, tips on propagation, repotting, grooming, pest control, and a seasonal gardening calendar. 

You'll find popular and easy-to-grow choices suitable for beginners and more desirable species that offer a challenge. Also included are seven inspiring collections of cacti and succulents worldwide, from Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA, to Jardin Exotique in Monaco, featuring beautiful specimen plants.

This updated edition features all-new photography, updates to scientific names of original plants based on current standards, a new forward, a new preface, 153 new illustrations, 70 new cacti species, and 100 new succulent species.

From candelabra cholla and golden-barrel cactus to crow's claw and mother of hundreds, featured yucca, agave, aloe, sansevieria, and more, the hundreds of color photos inside this book will make it easy for you to spot and identify cacti and succulents in the wild.

Explore a wide selection of cacti and succulents with a directory of over 300 species and varieties, stunning photos, special cultivation notes, and more with Cacti and Succulents Handbook, Expanded 2nd Edition!

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