Item description for The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents by Terry Hewitt...
Overview A guide to cacti and succulents features step-by-step photographic sequences and instructions for care, propagation, and display, and information on the climate and placement that best suit each plant
Publishers Description In-depth information on the history, cultivation, and uses of hundreds of specimens.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents by Terry Hewitt has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 409
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 363
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 412
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 322
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 549
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TERRY HEWITT, consultant editor, has been a collector of cacti and succulent plants for the last 40 years; for over 25 of those he has been growing them commercially at Holly Gate Cactus Nursery in Sussex, England. His cactus garden has been featured on TV and radio and has appeared in various gardening magazines. A lecturer and writer, Terry has contributed to many articles and books. www.hollygatecactus.co.uk
Reviews - What do customers think about Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents?
Good book Jun 9, 2008
Good book for suculent lovers. Doesn't show every type but shows families. Great instructions for replanting and other care.
care for your cacti/succulents with a base of knowledge Jul 23, 2007
I've read this book from cover to cover a number of times, always exposing more useful information. Particularly of interest are the many excellent photographs, which help us longtime cactus fans who've bought various cacti through the years without knowing what we've bought, or purchasing packets of mixed seeds, stand a chance of identifying these plants. Even in the photos that suggest planting possibilities, the plants are identified. Perhaps the most useful suggestion is the purchase of an inexpensive moisture meter (I picked one up at a ubiquitous discount chain for less than $5 that is a marvel of invention), which showed me that my watering habits needed rethinking. The book is printed on heavy stock, loaded with luscious photographs and details concerning the needs of any particular group of cacti/succulents - yes, there are omissions - the book covers; also there are planting tips, information on growing medium, fertilizing, etc.. Overall, this is a very worthwhile and valuable book for the cactii/succulent enthusiast.
GREAT ADDITION TO MY LIBRARY Sep 24, 2006
I've been collecting these wonderful plants for a number of years now and am constantly adding not only plants to my collection, but books. I am glad I added this one! No one book can completely cover every aspect of cacti lore and this one certainly does not, But, this work, added with several others, help to round my research library out. Each new addition, i.e. books, helps and this was certainly a good addition. The text is well done as the author is abviously very knowledgeable and I did like the photographs. I did agree with another reviewer in that the shots from the top of the plant, looking down are indeed pleasing to the eye, but they fail, in some cases, to give a true picture of the plant. I photograph plants and find it is helpful to get side views of different subjects. That is not big deal though. This is a helpful book and I do recommend it highly.
Not Complete but still Very Good Oct 27, 2004
The book is very well produced and the photography is very good. The author is well known and respected in Cacti circles and the book reflects his knowledge and status. The first section relates to the history and discovery of cacti and shows some amazing photographs of cacti in their habitat. It goes on to show how best to display your cacti in suitable containers and then a chapter on the differing shapes of the plants and their flowers The plant catalogue itself does not show too many of the different genera, but the popular ones are there and what it does do is show photographs of a number of species within a certain genera and this appeals to me. Too many books try to over-reach themselves and try to cram in as many genera as possible, showing a photograph of one species and very short descriptions of one or two other species. In this book the descriptions of each plant give the average height, flower colour etc. and also the min. temp. each plant will stand. The book shares space equally between true cacti and succulents and they are presented separately which makes the book layout clean and easily readable. At the end of the book are several pages on plant selection in sections, i.e. Plants for beginners; Plants for the Greenhouse; Free Flowering plants etc. This is another plus. One criticism I have is that many of the plants are photographed from directly overhead, this may be aesthetically pleasing, but does not give a true reflection of the size and shape of the plant and is not really my cup of tea. But this is a small moan about what is otherwise an excellent book. At this price the book is a good buy and there is something for everyone interested in the care of these unusual plants. I am happy to have this book in my collection.
Not the "Complete" Book without Yuccas! Sep 29, 2003
This is a georgeous book, but it doesn't mention Yuccas at all! There is very little on Agavaceae in general. The outstanding photography makes it somewhat worthwhile. All of the plants are photographed on white seamless, so they really pop off the page.