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Picks and Pans Review: The New Good Housekeeping Encyclopedia of House Plants

updated 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Rob Herwig

A is for Adiantum, Aglaonema, Arachis, better known respectively as the maidenhair fern, Chinese evergreen and peanut plant. B is for Begonia, Bougainvillea and Bouvardia, C is for Camellia, Coccoloba, Crocus, and so on in this impressive alphabetical collection that is devoted to indoor plant life. Herwig introduces each subject with its botanical and common name, deftly describes the plant's origin, then offers succinct notes on care, watering, feeding, repotting and propagating. Readers are duly warned of potential pests and diseases in time to ward off approaching mites, mealy bugs and mildew. (Morrow, $19.95)

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