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Coastal Florida Gardening: A Botanical Perspective

Stephen Spotte

Gardening is difficult along Florida’s coasts. Tropical rainforest plants adapt poorly to salt drift, wind, and impoverished soils. Coastal Florida Gardening is the only book to address these and other problems by treating plants as living entities instead of simple yard ornaments. Dr. Stephen Spotte approaches gardening from the standpoint of plant physiology, explaining mechanisms by which plants extract water and essential elements from soil, manufacture nutrients to feed themselves, and adapt (or fail to adapt) to environmental conditions. Botanical principles are then applied to such practices as watering, fertilizing, pruning, and similar procedures needed to sustain tropical plants in a subtropical landscape. The clear prose is reinforced by illustrations, tables, a glossary of terms, and a detailed index. In blending botany with the trowel, Coastal Florida Gardening is a rare find for those interested in how tropical plants function and how gardeners can meet their needs.

ISBN : 978-1449538699

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