Tiny Plants

Discover the joys of growing and collecting itty-bitty houseplants

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Pub Date 1 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 13 Apr 2021

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Longing to nurture your houseplant addiction without cramping your space or style? If you can't squeeze another giant leafy friend onto your plant shelf, author Leslie Halleck is here to inform you that tiny is the new BIG! In Tiny Plants, you’ll discover a fascinating array of perfectly petite houseplants you can collect and grow—in a minimal amount of space.

Yes, tiny plants are the ideal solution for plant keepers who don’t have much space, but even if you’ve got all the room in the world, their adorableness is reason alone to grow these mini wonders. These are the eternal puppies, kittens, and babies of the plant world—they never grow out of their cuteness because their genetics keep them itty-bitty for their entire lives.

Beyond a few small succulents, most houseplant parents aren’t aware of the extensive array of tiny plants they can collect and display on windowsills, on tables and desks, and in terrariums.

Prepare for cuteness overload with:  Profiles of dozens of miniature houseplants, including aquatic, carnivorous, flowering, succulent, and tropical varietiesDetailed growing information and tips for successA fascinating look at the botany of miniature houseplant varietiesAdvice on how to stylishly display your tiny plant collectionHow-to lessons on the basics of propagating mini houseplants to share with friendsDetails on the best tiny houseplants for terrarium growing From the sweet blooms of micro orchids and the soft, smooth texture of lithops, to the frog foot–shaped foliage of the creeping oak fig and the tiny orbs of the string-of-pearls, you'll fall in love with these little curiosities before you can say #plantnerd.
Longing to nurture your houseplant addiction without cramping your space or style? If you can't squeeze another giant leafy friend onto your plant shelf, author Leslie Halleck is here to inform...

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As a houseplant beginner, I very much appreciated the detail in which the author explained all the different aspects of what it can take to keep houseplants alive. Soil types, watering, propagating, and different types of living environments. It's an all-in-one reference guide to keeping not just tiny plants, but houseplants of all different sizes. It's packed full of useful information and pretty pictures too. I'd definitely keep this one on my shelf for reference whenever I get a new indoor plant.

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Most of us need to live in smaller spaces in recent times, and this requires us to make space for ourselves rather than other things. But, who can say not to a beautiful plant? I loved reading this excellent book about tiny plants. It is full of useful infıormation, lovely photos and every other thing you need to know about how to care for tiny plants.

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This book is filled with adorable ideas. I don't have a lot of space but I have been looking for ways to add some more greenery to our home so this book was perfect for me. I loved the idea of using a teacup and also really found the section of how to propagate plants to be very helpful.

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This is a darling book that's packed with information, color photos (including lots of the author's own tiny plants), and inspiration. Truly everything you need to know and more, with all kinds of sweet, interesting, pretty and intriguing little plants and containers.

I read a digital temporary ARC of this book for review.

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This was such a cute book for all plant lovers out there, both beginners and those a bit more advanced. I liked the ideas and enjoyed going through this book.

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What a lovely little book!

I chose TP because I’m a plant parent too, a hobby I picked up from my mom: her place is chock full of them, bought and rescued both – don’t ask – and every once in a while she knocks on my door with a grin and a new leafy baby.

Her thumb is greener than mine though, and I also have a cat. A young, bad-mannered cat whose motto is ‘I’ll feast on your bones the moment you look away’.

See where this is going?

My plants are survivors. Brave little soldiers who have to fight my good intention/poor execution attempts at keeping them alive and a chewy, fluffy in-house predator. They’re holding the position as we speak.

Anyway. This intro has a point, I swear. The point is, I was looking for a book to help me take better care of my plants, and TP caught my attention.

Cover: Interesting composition! Maybe a light filter would have been a better choice – the wall is a bit too dark – but I love the arrangement.


- First things first, I need to tip my hat to Leslie. You’re very competent, very passionate about your job, and your love for plants shines through the whole book. It’s engaging and it compels readers to keep turning the pages.

- The pictures are lovely. Filter notwithstanding, looking at so many wee plants gave me so much joy. So small yet so beautiful! Kudos for the captions, too. Kindle (and e-readers in general) tend to mess them up, all ‘caption X refers back to picture 1, which is one scroll left/right/up/down/hahahahawhoknows’, but here I was able to match pictures & captions without a glitch.

- I went in hoping to learn a couple tips, I resurfaced with a lot of info. Wick watering is something I’m really itching to try out! Water quality and methods – raining water on plants like the spirit of Aquaman possessed me? Guilty, your Honor – are implemented already, while cloches and maybe a LED growth shelf or two will make an appearance soon. Plus, I want to repot everything 😀

- Terrariums! No, really ❤

Special mention:

- Creeping button fern: last year I had a luscious fern, bought from a well-known nursery, ‘it’s so easy,’ they said, ‘just keep it in the shade and mist it,’ they said. Liars. I’ll make Attempt #2 with one of these.

- Miniature African Violet – ‘Rob’s Wascally Wabbit’ : those white-green leaves? Adorable.

- Asian Violet – Primulina ‘Piccolo’: tall flowers, lavender. Awwww.

- Living stones: this is a siren call. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep resisting, because living stones! OTOH, Aquaman. Aquawoman. Whatever.

- String of pearls: round leaves! I mean, this plant has round leaves, omg.

- Terrariums: no, really ❤ (it bears repeating, trust me)


- Sometimes the book gets too technical, and I lose track of what I’m supposed to do. Being a clueless beginner tho, I’m splitting this nay 50/50.


I’m recommending this to all PPPs: Puzzled Plant Parents. 4 on GR, 8 here. Great job, Leslie!

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Tiny Plants is a fun gardening guide with emphasis on the smallest houseplants and ways to display them written and presented by Leslie Halleck. Due out 27th April 2021 from Quarto on their Cool Springs Press imprint, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook available now).

This is a well illustrated, specific, detailed, and appealing guide to culturing and succeeding with the tiniest plants. I was impressed by the broad range of plants the author has included. There are exotic and advanced plants (micro-sundews and lots of tiny tiny orchids) alongside the more expected succulents, teacup gesneriads (not just African violets, either), and ferns. The author gives specific information about light, feeding, potting mix, containers, siting, humidity, and all the other 1001 things which plants need to thrive.

In addition to the very good, very specific culture information, the book is absolutely full of eye-candy for home hobbyists. The photography and planting photos are clear and easy to follow. Plant information is provided with botanical (Latin) names as well as common names to make them as easy to source as possible. The author has included some useful appendices with links to supplies and plants as well as a cross-referenced index.

Four stars. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it unhesitatingly to indoor gardeners, garden groups, public or classroom library acquisition, or gifting to a plant lover.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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Tiny Plants: Discover the joys of growing and collecting itty-bitty houseplants by Leslie F. Halleck
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press
Genre: Home & Garden
Release Date: April 27, 2021

Tiny Plants by Leslie F. Halleck is a great resource for learngin more about tiny plants.

The photos are beautiful and the information is great! The book is broken up into 5 chapters: 1. The Botany of Tiny Plants; 2. Collecting and Caring For Tiny Plants; 3. Tiny Windowsill Plants; 4. Tiny Plants Under Glass; 5. Displaying Tiny Plants. There are also additional resources at the end of the book.

I'm so grateful to Leslie F. Halleck, Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.

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As a houseplant lover I was so keen to dip into this book - for obvious reasons. It didn’t disappoint. This is a wonderful guide to small houseplants, how to care for them and display them - it’s perfect for someone with limited space or looking to create a terrarium.
This book is detailed, and extremely well illustrated - the photography is spot on. It covers a wide range of plants including tropical varieties, succulents, flowering, aquatic, tiny orchids and ferns amongst others.
As a guide it covers the most important aspects any plant grower needs to consider, namely watering, feeding, lighting, containers, potting mix, humidity and the 101 other things a plant grower needs to consider to keep their plants healthy.
There’s so much to love in this book, it’s a visual feast for the plant lover. There’s information on how to source plants and their Latin names are provided which is so handy. The appendix is particularly useful. This is a great reference book.
I’ve given this book five stars as I don’t see how it could be improved. I have numerous books on styling and caring for plants and this would make a great addition to my collection. It’s a book I’d be happy to give as a present to anyone looking to expand their plant collection, or to someone just getting started with their plant family.
: I received an e-arc at no cost from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Cool Springs Press in return for an honest review.

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A wonderful book about gardens in cups. It focuses on small plants; who need tiny spaces.
Mosses and cacti and many more such plants.
A collection of wonderful pictures.
Alongside there are tips for people who want to grow these.
A great picture book focussing on indoor tiny plants and knowledge about how to nurture them.

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I did find this to be full of useful information for beginners.
I haven’t had any plant in over 20 years so this will be helping me very soon with me new hobby.

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