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How to raise a plant and make it love you back.
By Morgan Doane and Erin Harding
of Houseplant Club 
Opening this book felt a whole lot like walking in to our Instagram feed @smartplantapp -- a nice photo and description of the plants (although the book offers a more in-depth look than our brief Instagram captions can), and plant care needs covering water, light, soil, fertilizer and propagation.  They cover the most favored of plants by our audience and I was happy to see Pilea Peperomioides and Hoya included with the bunch.
The authors take a no-fuss approach to curating your indoor jungle because the plants they chose to profile are those that are widely available and which thrive in diverse climates.  This makes the text applicable to most everyone.
I appreciated greatly that the reader is not overwhelmed with extraneous info...just the right amount of what anyone needs to get the job done.
It's not necessary, during the current resurgence of houseplant-love sweeping the land, to become a horticulturist yourself.  Books like this, and our app are meant to do the heavy lifting for you.  All you need to do is show up and love on your plants.  Young people are increasingly finding their way to the jungalow as a way to get themselves more connected to nature and because they are looking for something to nurture, to love, to be responsible for.  When you name your plant Steve and water it once a week, you become an important human to that leafy friend.  As such, it is nice to have books like this to get you started and then our app to keep you going when things go awry or unexpected.
Happy Growing!
 Siri Kay Jostad


Key Takeaways

The authors tell us that raising houseplants is easy.  

They prove it by showing you how to help your leafy co-habitant flourish by covering the following:

  • An entire chapter on tools you can use

  • 13 Plant Profiles for the most ubiquitous houseplants (including Sansevieria, Philodendron and Ficus Lyrata aka the Fiddle Leaf Fig)

  • Plant Styling

  • Pest Control

  • Propagation

  • Repotting

  • DIY projects (mounts, terrariums, plant stands)

  • Vacation Plant Care



Morgan Doane (@plantingpink) and Erin Harding (@cleverbloom) are two beautiful plant obsessives who began their journey knowing each other through their respective Instagram accounts.  They sealed their friendship by trading plant cuttings through the mail. From Florida, Morgan sent a pilea peperomioides to Erin. From Oregon, Erin reciprocated with a chain of hearts (ceropegia wood).  

Now they share a deep love for greenery.

Neither is a botanist or a biologist but both know a thing or two about how to raise a plant and keep it happy.

Find them together now on Instagram @houseplantclub

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