Bloom: The secrets of growing flowering houseplants year-round (Hardcover)
In Bloom, The Houseplant Guru Lisa Eldred Steinkopf unleashes all the secrets on how to grow dozens of indoor plants that produce colorful, intricate, and sometimes fragrant blooms.
If you’ve ever struggled to get an orchid or African violet to rebloom, or if you’ve hesitated to add plants like hoya, anthurium, Madagascar jasmine, or clivia to your windowsill for fear you may never see their gorgeous flowers, Lisa reveals the insider strategies you need to encourage these plants to strut their stuff. In her signature warm and beginner-friendly tone, she introduces simple techniques you can use to encourage bloom alongside all the ins and outs of caring for these beautiful plants. Lush, full-color photography accompanies each in-depth plant profile.
Upping your houseplant game doesn’t have to involve spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the next trendy leafy-green foliage plant. If you want to expand both your growing skills and the number of specimens in your houseplant family, dive into the world of flowering houseplants instead. New cultivars of old favorites are taking the houseplant world by storm, and other, more unusual, species are now making their way into the limelight, thanks to the interest of millions of new houseplant parents around the world.
Inside the pages of Bloom, you’ll meet:
- The best flowering houseplants to cascade from window ledges, hanging pots, and plant shelves
- A collection of small blooming houseplants perfect for tabletops, desks, and windowsills
- Houseplants with colorful blooms for the living room, dining room, and bedroom
About the Author
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is The Houseplant Guru, who features all things houseplants on her blog, thehouseplantguru.com. She is the author of Houseplants and Grow in the Dark and has written for HGTVgardens.com, Real Simple magazine, Michigan Gardener Magazine, the houseplant section of Allan Armitage’s Greatest Perennials and Annuals app, and Michigan Gardening Magazine, where she writes a monthly column. She worked for more than a decade at Steinkopf Nursery as the Annuals and Houseplants Manager, and has been interviewed online, in print, and on TV about houseplants. She harbors well over 1,000 houseplants in her home.
“BLOOM is the best guide to houseplanting ever published. Superb!”—Elvin McDonald, the ‘dean of American garden editors’ and author of more than 50 gardening books
“For too long, flowering houseplants have played second fiddle to foliage: Lisa Steinkopf is putting that right in this inspirational new book. It is packed full of sage advice on flowering plant care that is sure to help you build a collection of gorgeous indoor blooms.” —Jane Perrone, host of the houseplant podcast On The Ledge
“Lisa is the original houseplant influencer. She has paved the way for countless people to feel comfortable having easy-care foliage in their homes. Now, she continues to guide us in adding color indoors with this beautiful book. It inspires, educates, and most of all, encourages a new obsession for plant parents, flowers!”
—Katie Dubow, President, Garden Media Group and QVC guest host
"This is a treasure trove of information that's both up to date and in depth."—Nancy Szerlag, garden columnist for The Detroit News
“As an owner of a houseplant boutique, we get lots of requests for certain plants – low-light plants, beginner-friendly plants, and lately an influx of plants that can be kept indoors that flower. Lisa's book covers everything anything anyone needs to know about flowering houseplants and is a quintessential guide to anyone looking to add color and perpetual summer to their home.”—Johanna C. Dominguez, owner of Put a Plant on It houseplant boutique in Buffalo, NY.
“Lisa’s book provides lots of practical tips for growing flowering plants indoors. She provides the detailed plant care information needed for success that is often missing in similar books. Beginning and experienced indoor gardeners will find this book useful. Whether adding new flowering plants to the indoor garden or nurturing existing plants, Lisa's advice will prove beneficial.”—Melinda Myers, author, television and radio host
“The Houseplant Guru has done it again, this time with Bloom. Lisa has created an easy-to-read and use reference (no matter your plant-parent level of experience) that encourages and guides the reader on how to add a little flower power to your houseplant collection for year-round living color. Those with pets and little people will especially appreciate the plant toxicity level rating.”—Maria Zampini, President UpShoot, LLC and co-author, Garden-pedia: An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms
"Houseplants that flower don't get enough celebration because we are so often distracted by their beautiful tropical foliage. Lisa puts blooms in the well-deserved spotlight and walks you through exactly how to enjoy year-round blossoms in your home. In addition to providing all the information you need to care for these plants, I loved the Flower Portraits which introduced me to so many different blooming houseplants I need to add to my wish list!"—Maria Failla, host of the Bloom and Grow Radio podcast and author of Growing Joy
“BLOOM is a handy resource for new and experienced plant parents looking to add color to their homes with beautiful flowering plants. From tried-and-true varieties to fresh picks that may be familiar to many, this work is sure to help anyone select the right flowering plants for their home (or office) and keep them healthy and beautiful.”—Justin Hancock, Horticulturist, Costa Farms
“I confess! I am far more at home in my outside garden than I am tending plants indoors. From orchids and African violets to amaryllis and kalanchoe, I need help. And now I have it. I have always been a fan of Lisa because she explains what to do in an easy-to-understand style. In this book, she also explains why I should be doing it. The in-depth discussions of photoperiod and types of lights are enlightening, and the plant-by-plant guides are invaluable. I recommend this book for anyone wishing to bring the outdoors in.”
—Allan Armitage, award-winning educator, horticulturist, and author of Armitage's Garden Perennials
"New and experienced growers alike will relish these strategies for adding a little flower power."—Publishers Weekly
"As a pet owner, I also love that the author doesn’t just go into care and prorogation to keep the plant healthy, but toxicity. Many pet parents have good intentions with houseplants but don’t realize that some are poisonous to cats and/or dogs. Pet parents can make informed decisions perfect for their household with great information."—Budget Earth
"Suitable for experienced or new houseplant owners, the book covers basics such as soil health, light and water needs, pot shapes, pruning, environmental conditions and how to solve problems that may arise."—California Bountiful Magazine