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The Tropical Plants ebook contains sections on the tropical climate, applications for tropical plants, as well as information on growing tropical plants indoors.

Everything you need to know about understanding the growth of tropical plants, managing it and working with it is included here. There is information on soil and fertilisers (including potting soils and dealing with situations unique to tropical climates such as the rapid breakdown of fertilisers and organic materials). Other soil problems are also explored, such as cultivating plants in the very alkaline soils found on coral islands and shell beach areas. Water management is critical in the tropics, and is covered in detail, including practical advice on different ways to apply and conserve water. Other chapters include planning your garden, container gardening, even utilising hydroponic techniques. The last part of the book deals of particular types of tropical plants, such as flowering trees, shrubs and climbers and herbaceous plants (including annuals, perennials, bulbs, etc.) , as well as foliage plants like ferns, palms, philodendron, cordyline and others. Tropical Fruit plants are also included.

A FANTASTIC REFERENCE FOR GARDENERS, HORTICULTURISTS, LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS, NURSERYMEN AND PLANT ENTHUSIASTS

This book is an excellent starting point for successful gardening in the tropics and sub tropics. It is not a comprehensive manual, but it does deal with a large variety of the most commonly grown plants.

Lush growth, vivid colours and a warmth in the air which makes anyone feel relaxed; these are what we strive for in a tropical garden. All too often though, we get uncomfortable sweltering heat, wilting plants and armies of insects that eat the garden faster than it grows. This book shows you how to get closer to the first of these options, and ways of overcoming those problems which are particular to gardens in warm climates.

Some people have a dream, an image of an "oasis" to escape the heat, or the problems of daily life. Others want a garden they can use, for entertaining, outdoor living, for children to play in or maybe even a place to keep a prized collection of plants. Whatever your purpose, it is important to plan. Planning never stops either, because a garden never stands still. Try to foresee what will happen in your garden in the future (eg. trees and shrubs which will die, areas that will gradually become more shaded), and plan changes to your garden accordingly.

 

Pages: 121

Photos: 162

ISBN: 978-0-9871022-5-6


Table of Contents:

CREDITS

CHAPTER 1 HOW TO GROW TROPICAL PLANTS
Getting to know plants
What do we mean by tropical or subtropical?
Warm climate gardening
Soils and fertilisers
Improving soils
Water management
Light
Planting
Take a simple approach to planting
Ways to help plants get established
Common problems
Container growing & gardening

CHAPTER 2 BULBS AND HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS
Genus: Achimenes
Genus: Agapanthus
Genus: Alocasia
Genus: Alpinia
Genus: Alstroemeria
Genus: Amaryllis
Genus: Amomum
Genus: Amorphophallus
Genus: Aristea (syn. Witsenia)
Genus: Babiana
Genus: Boophone
Genus: Brunsvigia
Genus: Caladium
Genus: Calathea
Genus: Calostemma
Genus: Canna
Genus: Clivia
Genus: Colocasia
Genus: Costus
Genus: Crinum
Genus: Crocosmia
Genus: Curcuma
Genus: Cyrtanthus
Genus: Dichorisandra
Genus: Dierama
Genus: Eucharis
Genus: Eucomis
Genus: Gladiolus
Genus: Globba
Genus: Gloriosa
Genus: Habranthus (sometimes included under Zephranthes)
Genus: Haemanthus
Genus: Hedychium
Genus: Heliconia
Genus: Hippeastrum
Genus: Hymenocallis
Genus: Hypoxis
Genus: Iris
Genus: Kaempferia
Genus: Kniphofia
Genus: Lilium
Genus: Lycoris
Genus: Maranta
Genus: Moraea (syn. Dietes)
Genus: Nicolaia
Genus: Ornithogalum
Genus: Phaedranassa
Genus: Sparaxis
Genus: Sprekelia
Genus: Tacca
Genus: Zephyranthes
Genus: Zingiber

CHAPTER 3 LOW GROWING PLANTS
Genus: Aeschynanthus
Genus: Aglaonema
Genus: Ajuga
Genus: Alternanthera
Genus: Anthurium
Genus: Argyranthemum (syn. Chrysanthemum)
Genus: Aspidistra
Genus: Begonia
Genus: Catharanthus
Genus: Coleus (some Coleus have been reclassified into the genus: Solenostemon)
Genus: Episcia
Genus: Gerbera
Genus: Hypoestes
Genus: Impatiens
Genus: Iresine
Genus: Kalanchoe
Genus: Mirabilis
Genus: Nandina
Genus: Peperomia
Genus: Pilea
Genus: Piper
Genus: Plectranthus
Genus: Protasparagus (syn. Asparagus)
Genus: Rhoeo
Genus: Russelia
Genus: Sansevieria
Genus: Schlumbergera
Genus: Selaginella
Genus: Spathiphyllum
Genus: Strelitzia

CHAPTER 4 CLIMBERS
Genus: Allamanda
Genus: Antigonon
Genus: Aristolochia
Genus: Beaumontia
Genus: Bignonia
Genus: Bougainvillea
Genus: Campsis
Genus: Ceropegia
Genus: Cissus
Genus: Clematis
Genus: Clerodendrum
Genus: Clianthus
Genus: Clitoria
Genus: Clytostoma
Genus: Combretum
Genus: Congea
Genus: Ficus
Genus: Hoya
Genus: Ipomoea
Genus: Jasminum
Genus: Mandevilla
Genus: Manettia
Genus: Mucuna
Genus: Pandorea
Genus: Passiflora
Genus: Philodendron
Genus: Pyrostegia
Genus: Scindapsis
Genus: Solanum (syn Lycopersicon)
Genus: Syngonium
Genus: Tecomanthe
Genus: Thunbergia
Genus: Trachelospermum

CHAPTER 5 TREES & SHRUBS
Genus: Abelia
Genus: Abutilon
Genus: Acalypha
Genus: Adenium
Genus: Albizzia
Genus: Allocasurina (Casuarina)
Genus: Aphelandra
Genus: Ardisia
Genus: Barleria
Genus: Bauhinia
Genus: Bixa
Genus: Brachychiton
Genus: Breynia
Genus: Browallia
Genus: Brunfelsia
Genus: Bouvardia
Genus: Caesalpinia
Genus: Calliandra
Genus: Callicarpa
Genus: Callistemon
Genus: Camellia
Genus: Cananga (syn Canangium)
Genus: Carissa
Genus: Cassia
Genus: Cestrum (syn. Habromanthus)
Genus: Codiaeum
Genus: Crossandra
Genus: Delonix
Genus: Dizygotheca
Genus: Duranta
Genus: Echium
Genus: Elaeocarpus
Genus: Eranthemum
Genus: Erythrina
Genus: Ervatamia (syn. Tabernaemontana)
Genus: Eucalyptus
Genus: Euphorbia
Genus: Ficus
Genus: Galphimia (syn. Thryallis)
Genus: Gardenia
Genus: Gmelina
Genus: Graptophyllum
Genus: Grevillea
Genus: Grewia
Genus: Holmskioldia
Genus: Hibiscus
Genus: Iochroma
Genus: Ixora
Genus: Jacaranda
Genus: Jacobinia (see Justicia)
Genus: Jatropha
Genus: Justicia (syn. Jacobinia)
Genus: Lagerstroemia
Genus: Lantana
Genus: Leea
Genus: Malpighia
Genus: Malviscus
Genus: Medinilla
Genus: Melaleuca
Genus: Melastoma
Genus: Melicope (syn Evodia)
Genus: Murraya
Genus: Mussaenda
Genus: Nerium
Genus: Ochna
Genus: Osmanthus
Genus: Pachystachys
Genus: Pentas
Genus: Pittosporum
Genus: Plumbago
Genus: Plumeria
Genus: Polyscias (syn. Terminatia)
Genus: Punica
Genus: Raphiolepis
Genus: Reinwardtia
Genus: Rhododendron
Genus: Rondeletia
Genus: Ruellia
Genus: Sanchezia
Genus: Schefflera (syn. Brassaia)
Genus: Senna
Genus: Solanum (syn. Lycopersicon)
Genus: Spathodea
Genus: Streptosolen
Genus: Strobilanthes (syn. Goldfussia)
Genus: Syzygium
Genus: Tecoma
Genus: Terminalia
Genus: Tetrapanax
Genus: Thevetia
Genus: Tibouchina
Genus: Westringia

CHAPTER 6 CONIFERS

Genus: Agathis
Genus: Araucaria
Genus: Callitris
Genus: Cupressus
Hybrid
Genus: X Cupressocyparis
Genus: Juniperus
Genus: Pinus (some types)
Genus: Podocarpus
Genus: Taxodium
Genus: Thuja

CHAPTER 7 BAMBOOS, GRASSES & GRASS-LIKE PLANTS

Genus: Arundinaria
Genus: Bambusa
Genus: Carex
Genus: Cortaderia
Genus: Dianella
Genus: Imperata (syn. Miscanthus)
Genus: Liriope
Genus: Ophiopogon
Genus: Pennisetum (syn. Grymnothrix)
Genus: Phyllostachys
Genus: Saccharum

CHAPTER 8 PALMS & PALM-LIKE PLANTS
Self-cleaning or not
Solitary or clump-forming
Pinnate or fan-shaped fronds
Propagation
Genus: Archontophoenix
Genus: Areca
Genus: Arecastrum (syn. Syagrus, Cocos plumosa)
Genus: Arenga
Genus: Beaucarnea (syn. Nolina)
Genus: Bismarckia
Genus: Carpentaria
Genus: Caryota
Genus: Chamaedorea
Genus: Chamaerops
Genus: Chambeyronia
Genus: Cocos
Genus: Cordyline
Genus: Corypha
Genus: Cycas
Genus: Cyrtostachys
Genus: Dioon
Genus: Dracaena
Genus: Dypsis (syn. Chrysalidocarpus)
Genus: Howea
Genus: Hyphorbe (syn. Mascarena)
Genus: Licuala
Genus: Livistonia
Genus: Macrozamia
Genus: Neodypsis
Genus: Normanbya
Genus: Pandanus
Genus: Phoenix
Genus: Pritchardia
Genus: Ptychosperma
Genus: Rhapis
Genus: Ravanala
Genus: Roystonia (syn. Oreodoxa)
Genus: Veitchia
Genus: Verschafeltia
Genus: Washingtonia
Genus: Wodyetia
Genus: Yucca
Genus: Zamia

APPENDIX & CREDITS
OTHER BOOKS
CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
CERTIFICATES & ADVANCED DIPLOMAS IN HORTICULTURE
VIDEOS
USEFUL CONTACTS


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