Welcome to the Jungle: Rare Tropical Houseplants to Collect, Grow, and Love (Hardcover)

Welcome to the Jungle: Rare Tropical Houseplants to Collect, Grow, and Love By Enid Offolter Cover Image


Graduate from ordinary houseplants to extraordinary ones with these 50 desirable, dramatic plants and expert tips on how to obtain, grow, and propagate them.
“A visually stunning book with great information for rare plant collectors.”—Morgan Doane and Erin Harding, authors of How to Raise a Plant and Make It Love You Back

If you’re bored with the same old entry-level houseplants and long for something new, up your game with Enid Offolter. Called “the Houseplant Queen” by the New York Times, Offolter and her company, NSE Tropicals, are celebrities within the rare plant community, with legions of obsessed Instagram followers and plants that sell in heated auctions for thousands of dollars. In Welcome to the Jungle, Offolter shows you how to grow and propagate some of these exceptional botanicals on your own.

From the king anthurium with its deeply pleated leaves to velvety Colombian beauties known to make collectors drop to their knees, to plants with hot-pink leaves, bizarre corkscrew-shaped flower spikes, lacy fenestration, and dramatic variegation, these amazing aroids (a family of plants known for its extravagant foliage) bring a lush, tropical aesthetic to your home that will make you the envy of all your plant-loving friends. If you’re ready to rise up to the next level, Welcome to the Jungle is full of tips, professional advice, behind-the-scenes stories from fellow plant collectors, and the inspiration you need to grow plants that make a statement.

About the Author

Enid Offolter is owner and founder of NSE Tropicals plant nursery, which boasts one of the largest personal collections of aroids in the United States. Two-time president of the International Aroid Society, Offolter travels the world to find unique and unusual plants. She gives countless presentations to plant societies and garden clubs and has been profiled in the New York Times and on Bloom & Grow Radio podcast, VICE TV, and the Plant One on Me YouTube channel.

Praise For…

“This is a visually stunning book with great information for rare plant collectors. Enid has so much knowledge to share as a grower and we are lucky to have it condensed into this lovely book.”—Morgan Doane and Erin Harding, authors of How to Raise a Plant and Make It Love You Back
“With all the houseplant books on the market, it’s hard not to repeat what’s already been done—but Enid knocks it out of the ballpark with a next-level houseplant book, which introduces the everyday plant enthusiast to new species and cultivars that will draw anyone further into the wonderful world of plant care.”—Summer Rayne Oakes, host of YouTube’s Plant One on Me and author of How to Make a Plant Love You

“Enid’s appreciation and skill with aroids is well-known and loved in the plant community. I was specifically excited to hear her stories and insights, which came through in her Collector’s Notes for each plant featured in this book. This is a must-read for every aspiring aroid collector!”—Darryl Cheng, creator of House Plant Journal and author of The New Plant Parent
“There’s nothing more to say about Enid besides ‘look at her damn plants.’ Her generosity, attentiveness, and love for the plants she grows is evident in every leaf, stem, and root. She’s not blessed to have this book, this book is blessed to have her, and so are we.”—Tyler Thrasher, artist/scientist/author
“With Welcome to the Jungle, Enid Offolter has given us all the inspiration we need to grow the best and rarest. This celebrated expert has created a must-read for anyone fascinated by the otherworldly beauty of tropical aroids, and experts and beginners alike will find a treasure trove of gorgeous photos and invaluable information among its pages.”—Craig Miller-Randle, TV presenter and author of Green Thumb

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984859945
ISBN-10: 1984859943
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English



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