Tropical Flower Cultivation: The Heliconias



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This thoroughly researched, well organized and admirably illustrated work expands upon the landmark Berry and Kress volume. The excellent photos and detailed descriptions document nearly 300 heliconia cultivars of South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Size and flowering season as well as light, moisture and soil requirements are important considerations in properly placing and successfully cultivating heliconias in a garden or landscape, and you will find that information and more in "The Heliconias". Let me emphasize the "and more" as the details are extensive and meticulous. This impressive book quickly answered my questions -- what is the difference between griggsiana Full Moon and griggsiana Harvest Moon? -- and -- what is the difference between chartacea Surinam Gold and chartacea Meeana Yellow? However, the book, which is clearly a labor love by its expert author, is not only for the scientist, collector or grower. The abundant photos are sharp, well-lighted and true in color. They will delight and inspire any plant lover. Warning: reading this book may cause "heliconia fever", a nearly incurable obsession to plant as many heliconias as possible.

Must have for Tropical Gardeners

Fantastically useful book for identifying Heliconia species and cultivars - right up to date, excellent work. Brunner has the expertise and experience to be considered the authority on this Genus.

Bryan Brunner finished his undergraduate studies in plant science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He completed a master’s in tropical agriculture in the Department of Agronomy and Soils at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics at Michigan State University. He currently works as a horticultural researcher at the Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Puerto Rico in Lajas, and has held the position of Heliconia Society International Cultivar Registrar since 2003. He has authored or coauthored more than 50 scientific publications and three books in the areas of tropical fruits, ornamentals and organic agriculture.

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  • : 9781479125364
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  • : 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.6 cm
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