FOR HOUSE­PLANT

Country Gardens - - Gardener’s Bookshelf -

DEVOTEES, here’s the hot new thing: “Go forth and mul­ti­ply.” Run­ners, off­sets, and suck­ers be­come re­spectable in Root, Nur­ture, Grow: The Essen­tial Guide to Prop­a­gat­ing and Shar­ing House­plants (Caro Lang­ton and Rose Ray, Quadrille Press, $24.99). Not only are house­plants fun and pretty, but they are good for you as well, help­ing pu­rify the air and bring­ing a bit of the peace­ful green world to your liv­ing space. Exquisitel­y pho­tographed, with clear, con­cise in­struc­tions, the renowned de­sign­ers of Ro Co take you step by af­ford­able step through the mag­i­cal process of cre­at­ing more plants. Master the art of di­vi­sion, graft­ing, and air lay­er­ing with style. Cul­ti­vat­ing, prun­ing, and tend­ing are all nicely pre­sented in this crisp vol­ume. Look in­side for lots of DIY projects, as well, in­clud­ing mak­ing root chutes and grow pack­ets. You will be the star of the plant swap, with loads to share.

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