14 House Plant Books For True Beginners

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Anna Gooding-Call

Staff Writer

Anna Gooding-Call is a librarian and writer originally from rural central New York. She got her BA in the city that inspired "The Twilight Zone" and confirms that the hitchhikers really are weird there. Today, she lives in Massachusetts with her wife and two cats.

There are more than a couple of house plant books floating around on this great internet of ours. For a beginner with a fresh crop of tender young succulents to care for, it’s tempting to settle for the first pretty cover you see. Resist! These are the lives of plant babies we’re talking about. Your new chlorophyl buddies are relying on you to read only the best house plant books. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. These house plant books will have your plants thriving in no time. Soon you’ll be handing out jade plants as gifts and nurturing your very own indoor garden like the badass earth deity you are. Read on!

A Beginner’s Guide to Succulent Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Beautiful & Long-Lasting Succulents by Taku Furuya

There’s a reason succulents are “in” right now. They’re cute, they grow fast in the springtime, and they require a minimum of attention. This book will show you how to make your succulents the envy of your likewise overbooked friends.

Bonsai: The Complete Step By Step Guide for Beginners by Hikaru Yamasaki

Don’t be intimidated by the word bonsai. You, too, can have a tiny tree in your home! This book will coach you through the basics branch by branch, root by root, and leaf by teeny tiny leaf.

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants by Barbara Pleasant

This book knows. It knows about the house plants you’ve slain with your overwatering love, your neglect, and your plain ignorance. Let no more of your plant friends perish because you have not read this book!

Don't Throw It, Grow it! by Deborah Peterson Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 Windowsill Plants From Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson

One thing I’ve learned over my long two years of gardening is that this nonsense is expensive. Seeds, grow lights, special soil, fancy pots—where does it end? Right here, friends! This book will show you how to grow a delicious indoor garden from lettuce ends, onion scraps, and random bits of garlic.

Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

Picking the right plant is essential, not just to your decor and lifestyle, but to the happiness of the plant in question. This book will guide you through the process of finding your soul plant.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless

Here’s another book that knows exactly who you are. Don’t resist the assignation of plant-killer. The first step toward improvement is to embrace the fact that you done screwed up. Then read this book, for heaven’s sake.

How to Houseplant: A Beginner’s Guide to Making and Keeping Plant Friends by Heather Rodino

Plants ARE friends! They improve your mental health and your air quality, they force you into a comfortable routine of care and attention, and they generally rock. Let this book introduce you to the magical world of plant care.

How To Raise A Plant And Make It Love You Back by Morgan Doane and Erin HardingHow to Raise a Plant: and Make It Love You Back by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding

If you give a plant the proper amounts of water, food, and sunlight, they can absolutely love you back. This book will show you all the secrets of the house plant heart and show you how to win it over forever.

Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden – Microgreens – Sprouts – Herbs – Mushrooms – Tomatoes, Peppers & More by Millard Elizabeth

You like to eat, right? If you answered, obviously, dude! I’m eating right now! I’d eat all the time if that were physically possible, then my friend, you have a strong incentive to learn how to garden inside. It’s easy! Just read this book. Indoor peppers are in your future! Ideal for people who don’t get why they would grow a succulent.

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan

This book not only tells you how to care for your house plants, but how to decorate with them. That’s important! Plants need to look beautiful too. Plus, once you have one, you’re likely to get 50 more for holiday gifts and it’s good to be prepared. Not that I know from experience or anything.

Miniature Bonsai: The Complete Guide to Super-Mini Bonsai by Terutoshi Iwai

Maybe actual bonsai isn’t your speed. Try mini-bonsai! They’re easier to manage than bonsai and way cuter. Three words: tiny thimble tree. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book.

The New Plant Parent by Darryl ChengThe New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family by Darryl Cheng

Don’t passively follow the rules when you grow house plants. Parent them! Love them actively and be tuned in to their needs. This book will teach you how to intuitively understand what your plants need and respond without smothering.

Plant Love: How To Care For Your Houseplants by Alys Fowler

Got a shady bedroom? This book has a plant for you. How about a too-bright porch? There’s a plant for that, too! Read through to find out which plants will thrive where in your home.

Plant Society: Create an Indoor Oasis for your Urban Space by Jason Chongue

Plants (and house plant books) are not the exclusive province of the bourgeoisie. On the contrary! This book will show you how to green up your apartment, condo, shared room, or other space-conservative living arrangement.