How Not to Kill Your Houseplant Book Review

Posted on Jun 6 2017 - 7:20pm by Susan Bewley

Looking for a book to help you not kill your house plants? See what we think of How Not to Kill Your Houseplants here!

Are you someone who loves having plants indoors? If I had my choice, I would have live (dog safe) plants all throughout my house. To me, there is just something wonderful about having nature indoors. My only issue is that while I love plants, sometimes they don’t exactly love me. Unlike my mom who was great at keeping just about anything alive, I am horrible when it comes to plants. Even the prettiest plants I have often seem to die due to me having absolutely no clue how to care for them, or researching sometimes a bit too late what to do since I often assumed all they needed was a sunny window and some water. Luckily, I recently found the perfect book for people like me – How Not to Kill Your Houseplants.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: About the Book

Do you love house plants but have problems keeping them alive? If so, we think you will love How Not to Kill Your Houseplant by Veronica Peerless. Here is what the publisher has to say about this book!

Can’t keep a houseplant alive, no matter how hard you try and how good your intentions are? This is the book for you. You need this book. Give plants a chance.

Help your plant live with survival tips and learn the simple ways not to kill your plants.With over 50 different types of popular houseplants, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant summarizes what type of care your plants do (or don’t) need. Be on the lookout for warning signs of a sick plant, from brown spots to crispy leaves, and make sure you take the proper action to rescue your plant.

Learn the basics of horticulture, from watering your plant to what kind of soil it should be placed in to how much light it needs every day to if a certain type of plant will thrive in your living space. Find out how to keep a cactus alive, where to hang air plants, and how to repot succulents.

Full of helpful tips, pictures, and informational panels, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will turn your home into a beautiful greenhouse of healthy, happy plants.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Our Thoughts

As someone who loves plants but finds that sometimes plants don’t love me, I have to say that I love this book. This easy to use guide tells you how to care for most plants we can find in stores or nurseries that are meant to be indoors, as well as what to do if things go wrong. Best of all, it even includes pictures, allowing you to look at your plant and tell quickly if it is healthy or may need some extra TLC. It also gives you helpful tips such as what other plants have similar care and the perfect conditions for your plant. Overall, I consider this book a must with any exotic houseplants or to anyone who you know really loves plants to death indoors but…may need some extra instruction.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Where to Purchase?

Want to purchase this book for yourself or someone you know as a gift? You can buy How Not to Kill Your Houseplant on for only $10.52.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

25 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rosie June 7, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I definitely need this! I have been trying to nurse my African violet back to health, I thought it would pick up in spring, sad. I was just eyeing pretty begonias at whole foods, but I need help before buying it, so I don’t ruin it!

  2. Michelle June 7, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply


  3. Deborah D June 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I need to get this for my friend. She is always killing plants.

  4. gloria patterson June 7, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Had to laugh when I saw the title. Some house plants grown for me and some done. This information will be going to my friend Sharon. I think any thing green dies from fright the minute they cross into her yard they don’t want to go in the house 🙂

  5. Nancy June 9, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    This looks like a very helpful book. Not everyone has a “green thumb”. This would be a great gift, especially if you added a live plant with it.

  6. Michelle S June 9, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I so need this! I tell people I have a “black” thumb because I kill plants. I even took out a cactus once.

  7. Linda Manns Linneman June 10, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I love plants but I do not have a green thumb. I really think I need a copy of this book. I can use all the help I can get. Thank you for sharing

  8. monique s June 11, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

    so need this lol. I am a regular at the garden center replacing the ones that do not survive. This could be a real money saver.

  9. Sarah L June 12, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Looks like a good book for me. Have to see if the library has it.

  10. Julie L June 12, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    This is timely! I have a houseplant that’s currently dying. I don’t know why and I want to save it!

  11. marthalynn June 12, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Clever title! This looks like a good book to have. I only have one houseplants book and I reference it on the regular. It would be a great gift, too!

  12. Lisa F. June 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of this book! I like to have plants in the house, but usually end up with drying out, half green-half brown plants. I also added a fertilizer to plant that was seemingly kill-proof..and that one died. 🙁

  13. Ashley Chassereau Parks June 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    This looks like a great for me! My dad has such a green thumb, but I definitely didn’t get one! lol I’m learning and trying new plants now.. hopefully, I will get the hang of it.

  14. Dandi D June 13, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I seem to have a hard time keeping my plants alive, so this sounds like a great book for me!

  15. Danielle b. June 14, 2017 at 12:06 am - Reply

    My family could use this! My grandma was always really great with difficult to grow plants, but the rest of us are “brown thumbs”.

  16. Mya Murphy June 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a green thumb… hopefully this helps.

  17. Margaret Appel June 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I love houseplants but they just croak on me. My Mom could grow anything & everything, and her den was always overflowing with trailing spider plants & philodendreums in baskets over all the windows. Even my Grandmother (my Mom’s Mom) could plant half dead mums out in the yard & they’d come back to life bursting with blooms. Me, forget it. I didn’t get the green thumb gene at all. This book looks really good, not sure how much good it will do me! LOL Plus, I have cats & don’t ask what happened to the fresh cut tulips I had in a vase.

  18. Susan Smith June 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I need this book as I’m known to kill house plants, not intentionally.

  19. Calvin F. June 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Definitely would be great book for my mom. She killed quite a few plants in the past few months..

  20. Cindy S. June 28, 2017 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Yep…I could definitely use this book. I’m pretty good with my outdoor plants. Whole different story indoors! Too much sun or too little? Too much water or too little? I need help.

  21. Pam Jackson June 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the review! As someone who has managed to kill every plant that I’ve ever brought into my home, I need all the help I can get. I feel as though my reputation proceeds me, as the plants seem to be leaning away from me as I walk through looking for something new & lovely to bring home in the hope that I will finally manage to avoid committing planticide

  22. Linda Szymoniak July 5, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great book, but somehow I doubt it would keep me from killing all the houseplants. LOL!

  23. Mia July 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I usually have luck with my houseplants but there are some that just don’t seem happy so this would certainly be helpful.

  24. Deb E August 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I tend to fuse over and over water mine so I think I just need to be more patient. I may not have enough sun at my place though. Maybe a cactus or two? This book may help me though.

  25. Kimberly Flickinger November 11, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I will definitely check this out. I seem to have not inherited by late grandmother’s green thumb.

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