Growing Trees and Shrubs Indoors: Breathe New Life into Your Home with Large Plants by DJ HerdaGrowing Trees and Shrubs Indoors: Breathe New Life into Your Home with Large Plants by DJ Herda

Growing Trees and Shrubs Indoors: Breathe New Life into Your Home with Large Plants

byDJ Herda

Perfect | October 8, 2019

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The complete guide to growing trees and shrubs indoors to beautify and purify your home

Some of the most polluted places on earth are where we spend 90% of our time: inside our homes. Science is continually uncovering more effective ways of improving the quality of our environment, and plants—specifically indoor trees and shrubs—are at the top of this list.

Growing trees and shrubs indoors might seem like a monumental challenge, but it's no different than growing any plants indoors. Written by master gardener DJ Herda, Growing Trees and Shrubs Indoors is a definitive guide on what makes these plants special and all the tips and tricks you need to help them survive and flourish in an indoor environment. It covers how they:

  • Rid your environment of airborne pollutants
  • Beautify your home
  • Help you to live a longer, healthier, happier life.

An explosive introduction into the wellness scene, Growing Trees and Shrubs Indoors is for those with a keen interest in gardening, health, and science, offering an entirely new way of promoting human wellness – by creating beautiful, enjoyable surroundings.

DJ Herda is an accomplished professional author, award-winning creative writer, photojournalist, videographer, editor, painter, sculptor, public speaker, and college-level instructor. He has been an indoor and outdoor gardener for more than 50 years, is a syndicated newspaper and magazine garden writer and columnist, and a test grower ...
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Title:Growing Trees and Shrubs Indoors: Breathe New Life into Your Home with Large PlantsFormat:PerfectProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 0.55 inShipping dimensions:9 × 7.5 × 0.55 inPublished:October 8, 2019Publisher:New Society PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0865719128

ISBN - 13:9780865719125

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD

1. WHY TREES AND SHRUBS?
What the latest studies show about trees, shrubs, and human health--both physical and mental. A look at what makes growing trees and shrubs for health different from growing any other plants indoors.

2. GREENING UP FOR HEALTH
The science behind the medical proof that sharing our homes with trees and shrubs increases our physical and mental health, creates a cleaner environment, and washes harmful pollutants from the air.

3. GREENING UP FOR LOOKS
How trees and shrubs can be used to make your home look richer, larger, more valuable, and more desirable and actually increase its market value when you go to sell. Research shows how designing your home's interior to look better can help keep you get and stay healthy.

4. GREENING UP AT WORK
Trees and shrubs in the workplace not only make workers feel better--more relaxed and at ease in what is often an inhospitable environment--but also increase efficiency and work output. As a bonus, they cut down on employee absenteeism, sick days, and costs to employers. Scientific studies reveal why.

5. BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN
The science behind acclimating plants to their new indoor setting: how and how not to do it. Medical research dictates which plants have been shown to promote the greatest health advantages in the home and why and which plants are easiest to acclimate.

6. PREPARING THE PROPER "SOIL"
Store-bought soil or specialty planting medium? Which is best? Healthy plants, healthy you. Healthy soil, healthy plants. But even healthy soil contributes to a healthier you! Recent research proves that plants aren't the only living things that can remove harmful toxins from the air. The beneficial microbes in healthy potting soil can, too. How to formulate the best growing medium not only to nurture your trees and shrubs but also to contribute to your family's overall health. What botanical researchers say.

7. PLANTING INDOOR TREES AND SHRUBS
How to handle large plants. The best ways for handling both nursery and gathered species. When and how to transplant into a larger pot. What science tells us about fitting the pot to the plant for the greatest, healthiest growth. Determining how “large” is “large enough.” Plastic, wood, clay, or ceramic? The science behind choosing the right container for the plants of your choice.

8. LIGHT, WATER, AND HUMIDITY
The Mother-of-All-Growing-Green chapters--this provides the key to indoor growing success, no matter what plants you grow. These three little words will tell you nearly everything you need to know about gardening success. Oh, and horticulturists and researchers tell you a thing or two as well.

9. GROWING GREEN: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What plant food to buy and when and how to apply it. Better yet, how to mix your own and why the environment will be better off. What nutrients healthy plants need and how best to ensure they get them. The scientific reasons for feeding plants and how best to do so. Understanding the percentages of the “big three”--nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. How micronutrients can help.

10. GETTING THE BUGS OUT ORGANICALLY
During times of duress, all plants are susceptible to bug and other harmful attacks. Here are several guaranteed green ways of protecting and treating your trees and shrubs without exposing you and your family to undesirable or even dangerous chemicals. Some typical predators and how to combat them.

11. SPECIAL NEEDS FOR SPECIAL PLANTS
While a tree is a tree is a tree, getting flowering trees to flower and fruiting trees and shrubs to bear requires a little extra know-how and additional patience. What science can tell us. Understanding the role that the elements and play and how to adapt them to your plants' advantage.

12. PROPAGATING YOUR INDOOR PLANTS
How to turn one tree or shrub into two ... and two into three ... and three into four or more. Can you ever be healthy enough to have enough plants in your home? The Do's and Do Not's of propagating from seeds, cuttings, and shoots.

13. COMPANION PLANTING FOR VIGOR AND GROWTH
Certain plants just grow better together naturally. What plant science has taught us about the why's and how's of companion planting. What plants to group with your trees and shrubs to ward off insects and disease. How to spur the healthiest growth along with the healthiest home environment for you and your family.

14. PRUNING AND HEADING BACK: WHEN AND HOW
Two simple techniques to help you keep your trees and shrubs from overrunning your home with step-by-step illustrations and (finally!) a simple explanation based on scientific studies and evaluation/observation. When and how to do it.

15. TOOLS OF THE TRADE
What gardening and other tools you should have on hand for when you're likely to need them.

16. TROUBLESHOOTING
When things go wrong. How to tell what the problem is, and how to address it quickly and efficiently based on the interdisciplinary science of interrelationships.

17. RECOMMENDED TREES AND SHRUBS
An annotated compendium of the most healthful indoor plants available commercially or growing wild right outside your door: from oak and pine trees to Hawthorn and blueberry shrubs, citrus trees, exotic tropical trees, and much more.

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