Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 30, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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I was prepared to be disappointed by this book but actually found it to be decent. I have grown Carnivorous plants for 35 plus years. I also own about every English language book about Carnivorous plants published since Darwin's Insectivorous Plants (with the exception of some of the juvenile titles), as well as many in French, Japanese and other languages. Consequently, I am fairly qualified to assess this title in comparison to some of its predecessors.First, I believe that its author's aspiration to be the "Ultimate Guide to growing carnivorous plants" is an overreach. It is, however, a solid survey book. It is ambitious in its coverage of the multiple genera of carnivorous plants. It has nice photographs of plants in cultivation and in their natural habitats. For the true enthusiast, the treatment of each genus is necessarily brief to allow incorporation into just one volume. For more in-depth studies of the natural history of each, I would recommend the many titles by Stewart McPherson, who has written, or co-written many volumes each devoted to one type or at least, one geographical region.Mr. Greyes has incorporated a great deal of cultivation information, drawing from the years of research on these plants. Clearly, he has had great success in his growing and so this book easily supplants many of the early books(Pietrapolo, Schwartz, Adrian Slack, Marcel Lecoufle). Today, cultivation may include tissue culture, lights, even fertilizers which were once considered unwise.This book should be considered an excellent resource for the beginner or even the advanced novice. It is also an attractive book to have as part of an overall collection.
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