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Name: Kim Jacobi
Van Nuys, CA (Zone 10a)
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LAGardengirl
Feb 6, 2014 5:46 PM CST
Can anyone recommend a book on succulents that is comprehensive in its information. I'm not looking for one that has every one of the thousands upon thousands of succulents known to mankind; more like complete care/maintenance info for the plants they do have in a particular book. I have spent so much money on books that either have most of the same vague information (including many of the exact same pictures) or are a discourse on a particular plant in its genus and natural habitat with little or no info on how to grow it. I'm looking for a book that will tell me if a particular plant is summer or winter dormant, requires more or less water or light, will or will not tolerate some frost or full sun exposure. Oh, and one that doesn't cost over $200! Except for one particular book ("The Plantfinder's Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents" by Grantham & Klaassen) most of the money I've spent on over a dozen books has been for pretty pictures.

I miss the days of the physical bookstore where you could peruse a book at your leisure to see if it was the one you were looking for. Damn Amazon killed the mom & pop bookstore.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 6, 2014 7:43 PM CST
I like my pretty compact but comprehensive 'Cacti and Succulents' by Miles Anderson. It describes 400 plants.
Name: Kim Jacobi
Van Nuys, CA (Zone 10a)
"I used to have a handle on life...
Cactus and Succulents Lilies Miniature Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Container Gardener
Amaryllis Cat Lover Tropicals Region: California Plumerias
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LAGardengirl
Feb 6, 2014 7:48 PM CST
Is that the "Complete Illustrated Guide to Growing Cacti & Succulents, Pub. 1998? If so, that's the one that has gotten me so upset. It gives no info on dormancy seasons and very little on specific plant care.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Feb 6, 2014 8:04 PM CST
It's not.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 7, 2014 7:00 AM CST
"The Complete Book of Cacti and Succulents" by Terry Hewitt is pretty good.

I hear you about bookstores. Me too.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Kim Jacobi
Van Nuys, CA (Zone 10a)
"I used to have a handle on life...
Cactus and Succulents Lilies Miniature Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Container Gardener
Amaryllis Cat Lover Tropicals Region: California Plumerias
Image
LAGardengirl
Feb 8, 2014 1:03 AM CST
It seems that succulent books written by the British focus on different aspects of the subject matter. Consider the difference in the style of Terry Hewitt as compared to that of Debra Lee Baldwin.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Feb 8, 2014 8:15 AM CST
Yes, it's difficult to find just one book that covers everything.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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