The Savage Garden, Revised

The Savage Garden, Revised

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For fifteen years, The Savage Garden has been the number one bestselling bible for those interested in growing carnivorous plants. This new edition is fully revised to include the latest developments and discoveries in the carnivorous plant world, making it the most accurate and up to date book of its kind. You may be familiar with the Venus flytrap, but did you know that some pitcher plants can--and do--digest an entire rat? Or that there are several hundred
species of carnivorous plants on our planet? Beautiful, unusual, and surprisingly easy to grow, flesh-eating plants thrive everywhere from windowsills to outdoor container gardens, in a wide variety of climates. The Savage Garden is the most comprehensive guide to these fascinating oddities, gloriously illustrated with more than 200 color photos. Fully revised with the latest developments in the carnivorous plant world, this new edition includes:
- All the basics--from watering and feeding to modern advances in artificial lighting, soil, and fertilizers.
- Detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, including many of the incredible new species that have been recently discovered and hybridized.
- Cultivation and propagation information for all the plant families: pitcher plants, Venus flytraps, sundews, rainbow plants, bladderworts, and many other peculiar plants from the demented mind of Mother Nature.
Whether you're a beginner with your first flytrap or an expert looking for the latest exotic specimen, this classic book has everything you need to grow your very own little garden of horrors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 26mm | 879.99g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd edition
  • 200+ Colour Photos
  • 1607744104
  • 9781607744108
  • 23,229

Review quote

"If you're a carnivorous plant aficionado, you will love the book. If you're new to these plants, you too will become hooked."
--Chicago Tribune "Discusses each species in detail--from the well-known Venus flytrap to dewy pines and rainbow plants. Ample color photos show an amazing range of form, texture, and color. Don't miss the last chapter, 'Other Savage Plants from the Demented Mind of Mother Nature.'"
--Columbus Dispatch "The most comprehensive guide to this unusual plant world."
--Sacramento Bee "A bible for growers."
--San Antonio Express-News
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About Peter D'Amato

PETER D'AMATO has been growing carnivorous plants for nearly forty years and his nursery, California Carnivores (, houses the world's largest collection of carnivorous plants. D'Amato is cofounder of the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society and he lectures on the subject nationwide.
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Table of contents

Introduction: What Are Carnivorous Plants?

Part One
The Basics of Cultivation
Soils * Water * The Water Tray Method * Pottery and 
Containers * Natural Light * Dormancy * Artificial 
Light * Feeding Your Plants * Fertilizing Carnivores * Carnivorous Plants as Pest Controllers * Pests and Diseases 
Part Two
Where to Grow Carnivorous Plants
Growing Carnivorous Plants Outdoors *  Bog Gardens * Windowsill Growing     Terrariums and Tanks * Greenhouses 
Part Three
The Venus Flytrap   
The American Pitcher Plants         
The Cobra Plant       
The Sun Pitchers     
The Sundews
The West Australian Pitcher Plant
The Dewy Pine
The Rainbow Plants
The Butterworts
The Bladderworts
The Tropical Pitcher Plants
Other Savage Plants from the Demented Mind of Mother Nature
About the Author
Photography and Illustration Credits
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