Success with Succulents: Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Cactuses and Other Succulents

Success with Succulents: Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Cactuses and Other Succulents

Cactuses and other succulents are wildly popular in homes the world over, regardless of climate. They're resilient, beautiful, and easy to care for as long as you know what you're doing. Whether you live in a warm, dry climate and want to grow a whole cactus garden outdoors or you'd like to add one of these alluring species to your indoor windowsill, this book has what you...

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Title:Success with Succulents: Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Cactuses and Other Succulents
Author:John Bagnasco
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  • Gaby F.

    Success with Succulents by John Bagnasco and Robert Reidmuller contains a lot of inspiration for keeping and displaying cactuses and other succulents indoors or incorporating them into an outdoor garden landscape. Even without spectacular flowers those plants are fascinating to look at. They come in various geometric forms, in different sizes, look great solo, as a mass planting, or in mixed arrangements. What I like about this book are the numerous color photographs that not only show the beaut

    Success with Succulents by John Bagnasco and Robert Reidmuller contains a lot of inspiration for keeping and displaying cactuses and other succulents indoors or incorporating them into an outdoor garden landscape. Even without spectacular flowers those plants are fascinating to look at. They come in various geometric forms, in different sizes, look great solo, as a mass planting, or in mixed arrangements. What I like about this book are the numerous color photographs that not only show the beauty of individual succulents from close up, but also how different plants can be combined indoors and outdoors for a greater visual impact. Living in a climate with temperatures around freezing in the winter I am happy to find a couple of succulent species in this book that can be planted outdoors and tolerate this kind of weather. I love the care instructions with many tips that I did not know about, for example the moisture meter hack. After reading the detailed descriptions on how to propagate succulents I cannot wait trying it myself with the sedums on my windowsill.

  • Susan Csoke

    A lovely coffee table book with beautiful color illustrations. This is a step by step easy guide book with everything the reader needs to know in order to grow these amazing succulent plants. THANK YOU GOODREADS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!!

  • Amy Bradley

    Excellent photography of different succulent species. Very clear tips and directions on propagation from both seed and cuttings. While my initial thoughts reading were “my succulent planter is all going to die” (being as I live where below zero celsius temperatures are a reality for several months of the year), as they are currently languishing in a pot on my kitchen floor with a North facing window, I realized that they haven't died yet, probably because they were on the North side of our home

    Excellent photography of different succulent species. Very clear tips and directions on propagation from both seed and cuttings. While my initial thoughts reading were “my succulent planter is all going to die” (being as I live where below zero celsius temperatures are a reality for several months of the year), as they are currently languishing in a pot on my kitchen floor with a North facing window, I realized that they haven't died yet, probably because they were on the North side of our home all summer and got acclimatized to lower light.

    As well, in reading this, I realized why our jade plants in the past have all died (not enough light ending up gangly and weak and other people suggesting they just needed more water leading to over watering in general by multiple people).

    A great overview with photos, growing information of a whole bunch of cactus and succulent varieties - great to flip through if you have a specific shape in mind but don't know the name or if it might be suitable to growing conditions you can provide.

    Overall, this is definitely a new favorite of mine. Succulents became a specific interest for me after trying to recreate a turtle succulent topiary I had seen on Pinterest, with some of the plants failing to thrive, some outright rotting and others thriving wildly. Surprisingly, succulents bought at Ikea faired overall than the same varieties bought at a garden centre (and were cheaper to boot).

    (I received a chance to read a digital copy through Net Galley and then read a physical copy as well later on in the month)

  • Victoria Peipert

    A really well written overview of cactuses and succulents. A nice curtain of chapters to include well written sections on care and specific varieties. Definitely a nice option to consider if you're beginning gardening with succulents and cactuses or know someone who is!

  • Kelly Hodgkins

    Success in Succulents focuses on the more technical aspects of succulent growth and care. Rich in history, each family of succulents is explained in terms of origin, ease of growth and purpose. Indoor and outdoor care to obtain the best from one’s succulents is expressed in easy-to-follow steps covering soil, placement, food and design. I found it highly informative but definitely a reference book! I read it twice to review to be sure I hadn’t misinterpreted it but the wealth of knowledge shared

    Success in Succulents focuses on the more technical aspects of succulent growth and care. Rich in history, each family of succulents is explained in terms of origin, ease of growth and purpose. Indoor and outdoor care to obtain the best from one’s succulents is expressed in easy-to-follow steps covering soil, placement, food and design. I found it highly informative but definitely a reference book! I read it twice to review to be sure I hadn’t misinterpreted it but the wealth of knowledge shared is too extensive to commit to memory and I can tell I’ll need to look at it again as I progress. I have two succulent beds in my garden and an array of small potted ones which have been grown from offcuts so the propagation and identification sections were very helpful. The 100 kinds of succulents at the end just made me long to expand my collection! They are a fascinating and fabulous species of plant. The visuals throughout are gorgeous! I give it a 4 out of 5 on the en-JOY-meant scale and encourage anyone looking to come to understand their succulents better or to create a succulent collection to pick it up and enjoy!

  • Jo

    Succulents are very trendy. The success of these plants is their colourful and their adaptability. This is a 101 guide to start cultivating these beautiful plants.

  • Annie

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    is a very colorful, well photographed guide to choosing and successfully growing a broad range of cacti and other succulents. Released 5th Dec, 2017 in paperback format from

    , co-authors John Bagnasco and Bob Reidmuller, Jr. have between them many decades of plant and gardening knowledge which they generously share in this easy to read and well presented book.

    One of the dangers of gardening books

    Originally published on my blog:

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    is a very colorful, well photographed guide to choosing and successfully growing a broad range of cacti and other succulents. Released 5th Dec, 2017 in paperback format from

    , co-authors John Bagnasco and Bob Reidmuller, Jr. have between them many decades of plant and gardening knowledge which they generously share in this easy to read and well presented book.

    One of the dangers of gardening books is that there's a temptation to concentrate on only the newest and most popular cultivars, making the info in the book seem outdated quickly. That's not the case here and although there are a number of gorgeous new cultivars highlighted and described, there's a solid basis of good tried-and-true general advice for getting the best performance out of and succeeding with any succulents.

    The book has an easily read, accessible format. A short introduction is followed by a botanically correct (worded in layman terms) definition of the terms cactus and succulent, the difference between spines, thorns and prickles, and also covers the ranges, culture and habitats of the various members of the succulent family. All of the text is accompanied by really detailed macro photography which explain and support the text.

    The next two chapters (totaling about 50% of the book's content) concern the culture and growing of succulents outdoors and indoors. The book covers choice, placement, uses and culture for a wide variety of different plants. With the emphasis on careful use of water and other precious resources,

    has a rightful place in garden design and the authors do a masterful job of presenting both the challenges and benefits of choosing the right plant for the desired use.

    The table of contents includes a well indexed list of 100 featured plants representing both the classics and newer selections and covering a very broad range of styles. There's a complete alphabetical index at the end of the book which also includes conceptual and gardening terms.

    My only gripe, and I do freely admit that it's a trivial one, is that the authors use 'cactuses' instead of 'cacti'. This is clearly a conscious choice (and indeed, even a search of

    shows that 'cactuses' is a perfectly acceptable plural form along with 'cacti' and 'cactus'). They use the term consistently, so stylistically it isn't a problem. It's just a case of 'po-tay-to' 'po-tah-to' and I'm on the wrong side of the fence.

    In all seriousness, it's a very well written, beautifully photographed gardening book, full of good solid advice for succeeding and growing these fascinating plants well.

    Four stars

    Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.

  • Girl

    I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The title of this book is self-explanatory: "Success with Succulents" is a how-to guide to caring for various species of succulents and cacti. The authors provide a general overview of these plants, and write about the basics of caring for them in various climates, both indoors and outdoors. There is a section dedicated to proper potting, followed by tips on how to propagate succulents from stem cuts or l

    I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The title of this book is self-explanatory: "Success with Succulents" is a how-to guide to caring for various species of succulents and cacti. The authors provide a general overview of these plants, and write about the basics of caring for them in various climates, both indoors and outdoors. There is a section dedicated to proper potting, followed by tips on how to propagate succulents from stem cuts or leaves. The book is closed by a lengthy overview of the most popular succulent species, complete with specific tips on how to look after them. (And there are some pieces of information I would have never thought of, such as: succulents and cacti are great as a fire barrier in hot Mediterraean climate, because they contain so much water that they effectively quench the fire that goes through them.)

    I have to emphasise that the photographs are absolutely gorgeous. Even if I wasn't interested in the subject, I would love to look through this book and all the pictures included. They are stunning, and make you want to run to the nearest florist's to start your own succulent garden. Or five.

    Much recommended for both novices and people with some experience in growing succulents.

  • Nostalgia Reader

    I don't rate these types of books, but it would be a solid 4 stars if I did.

    Succulents have always fascinated me, and I’ve always thought it would be fun to cultivate a succulent garden. This books is the perfect introduction to this subject, and I’d definitely recommend it for anyone who is seriously thinking about bring succulents into their garden or home.

    Despite their hardiness, succulents can be quite fragile if the proper water and light conditions aren’t adhered to; the light requirement

    I don't rate these types of books, but it would be a solid 4 stars if I did.

    Succulents have always fascinated me, and I’ve always thought it would be fun to cultivate a succulent garden. This books is the perfect introduction to this subject, and I’d definitely recommend it for anyone who is seriously thinking about bring succulents into their garden or home.

    Despite their hardiness, succulents can be quite fragile if the proper water and light conditions aren’t adhered to; the light requirement is especially important to take into account when growing succulents inside your house rather than out in the garden. The authors provide many useful tips for optimizing your succulent selection to fit the hardiness and location(s) that you are planning to plant in.

    The book starts off with an introduction to succulents in general, going over the basic families of succulents and their differences, then it delves into methods and tips for growing these plants both outside and inside, and it ends with an extensive mini-encyclopedia of common succulents, complete with frost tolerance, watering recommendations, and a brief history of the species. Vibrant photos throughout create a book that’s not only informative but lovely to look at. The only thing that I felt was “missing” that could have been helpful for beginning succulent growers were some sample garden plots, optimized for different climates. However, the information contained within would likely be enough for a reader to figure out their own selection of plants.

    Again, definitely recommended for those who are thinking about succulent gardening for the first time!

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to review!

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