Cacti and succulents are attracting an ever increasing number of enthusiasts among gardeners and non-gardeners alike. This has led to an urgent need for a book which provides a comprehensive guide to their identification and cultivation.
Clive Innes, who over a period of forty years has built up what is probably the finest reference collection of living cacti in cultivation, has provided such a book with this latest, much requested addition to Ward Lock’s Complete Handbook series of practical gardening books.
Part 1 deals first with cacti and succulents in the wild, providing background information essential to their successful cultivation. The author describes the carious species – some for the first time – in detail, using the most up-to-date names and highlighting those details which make identification easy for botanist and enthusiast alike.
Part 2 deals in a thoroughly practical was with the growing of cacti indoors, in the greenhouse and in the garden, and debunks several long-cherished myths about succulent cultivation. There is also a short chapter on pest and disease control and prevention. Part 3 consists of the most comprehensive alphabetical summary of all the known genera of cacti and succulents ever published in book form.
The book is superbly illustrates with 40 colour and 100 black and white photographs, taken mainly by the author. These, together with the test, make this not only one of the most useful guides to cacti identification in print today, but also a source of reference of lasting value.