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Fern Growers Manual

Ferns have graced our planet for hundreds of millions of years. With about 12,000 named species of ferns worldwide, the variety to be found among them is staggering in its array of forms, textures, and even colors. From towering tree ferns to tiny water clovers, ferns and fern allies offer a wide range of uses in the garden and home. This book offers useful advice on ferns and fern allies for any region, with details on cultivation, identification, landscaping, and more. The bulk of the book consists of an encyclopedic treatment of all the ferns in cultivation in the U.S. Some 700 species from 124 genera are described in detail, including physical descriptions, cultural requirements, hardiness, common names, synonyms, special uses, geographical range, and notable cultivars or related species. Each species is accompanied by a black-and-white illustration to allow for easy identification and to provide a useful means of comparing species. Updated and greatly expanded, this new edition of Hoshizaki's original 1975 book is the most comprehensive book available on fern cultivation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Publisher: Random House Inc (T); 1st edition (December 1975)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0394496876

ISBN-13: 978-0394496870

Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8 x 1.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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This book is fantastic for the amateur or professional fern grower. It is very informative, supplying you with alot of information about how to grow them, how to take care of them, and how to recognize them. If you are looking for one book that can tell you everything and more about ferns and not need to look through any other books, than this book is for you.[....]

This book does exactly what its title suggests. It provides very useful and simple information on ferns and their cultivation. It is not a wordy book though it has well over 500 pages. It gets straight to the essentials of ferns and their requirements. The detailed drawings are clear and very useful in helping fern enthusiasts easily identify different species of ferns. i would have loved however to see a few more pages of color photographs of ferns and more fern entries but I am sure this well written book will be updated in a few years time. The Fern Growers Manual is the best available manual for fern growers. Buy it and enter the other world of ferns - a satisfying experience for all who venture in.

The authors touch on every aspect of fern genus, their care and identification. Extremely concise it gives information on everything from propagation to informaton regarding pest controll and disease control. I pretty much read the book cover to cover, which is not something I normally do with reference material. This is not just another fluff book for growing your everyday Boston Fern and is far from a dry read leading to the snores.

A very thorough, thoughtful compendium on all things ferns: how they grow, how they are classified, cultivation requirements. You name it, it is there. The book only suffers from a lack of color photos. Hopefully they will be included in the 3rd Edition.

Well written and easy to read and understand. Plentiful color photos. Everything I need to know to propagate and maintain healthy, facinating ferns.Fern Grower's Manual: Revised and Expanded Edition

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