Book Review: Grow In The Dark

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November 6, 2019

This book review originally appeared in Garden Culture Magazine UK31 & US29


The summer growing season is over; time to bring the outdoors in! But venture away from a sunny windowsill, and homes can lack the appropriate lighting many houseplants need to thrive. 

Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low-Light Houseplants is an excellent read for those looking to brighten up a dark corner.

If there is enough light in your room to read a book, you have enough to sustain a low-light plant. You may have more light than you realize and can grow a large variety of plants.” – Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

Known as the Houseplant Guru, author Lisa Eldred Steinkopf introduces us to 50 of the best plants we can grow in rooms with low to little sunlight. Think Peace Lily, Chinese Evergreen, Arrowhead Vine, Ox-Tongue, and more. 

“The charming spider plant is one of the most popular houseplants (…) The solid-green version of this plant can live in low light, but the variegated versions need a medium to bright light.”

Perfect for city-dwellers, this easy-to-read and beautifully photographed book will help everyone reap the many physical and emotional benefits of raising plant babies.  

The first order of business is determining which direction your windows face. After that, Eldred Steinkopf expertly directs readers toward appropriate plants that do well in various levels of light. 

Cacti and other succulents do well with both south and west exposure.

For example, cacti and other succulents do well with both south and west exposure; African violets, ferns, and begonias love the east and philodendron varieties like north-facing windows.

And for those living in very low-light conditions, Eldred Steinkopf has several recommendations, such as placing mirrors across the room from the windows, painting the walls a lighter color, and washing windows regularly. 

Learn how to select healthy plants from the nursery, properly feed and maintain them, and how to solve problems that may arise.

Get rid of the winter blues by making them green! Find the book online or in most major bookstores.    

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Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her two young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.
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