100 Orchids for the American Gardener (Smith and Hawken)

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IF YOU CAN GROW HOUSEPLANTS, YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS

The spidery Brassia. The perfumed amethyst Miltassia. White-lipped Cattleyas with lavendar tepals. From Cymbidiums to Vandas, Phalaenopsis to Paphiopedilums, 100 ORCHIDS FOR THE AMERICAN GARDENER removes the mystery and confusion surrounding these gorgeous plants. A fully illustrated guide, it takes gardeners step-by-step through the appropriate potting mediums, light, water, and fertilizer for a huge range of orchids. It tells ...

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Overview

IF YOU CAN GROW HOUSEPLANTS, YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS

The spidery Brassia. The perfumed amethyst Miltassia. White-lipped Cattleyas with lavendar tepals. From Cymbidiums to Vandas, Phalaenopsis to Paphiopedilums, 100 ORCHIDS FOR THE AMERICAN GARDENER removes the mystery and confusion surrounding these gorgeous plants. A fully illustrated guide, it takes gardeners step-by-step through the appropriate potting mediums, light, water, and fertilizer for a huge range of orchids. It tells how to repot an orchid, keep it free of disease and pests, and care for it during its dormant period so that you can successfully bring it back to bloom.

The heart of the book is a unique plant guide with sumptuous full-color photographs that focus on the whole plant-leaves, stems, roots, and overall carriage. Entries include exhaustive details on each plant's particular needs.

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A lushly illustrated guide to the author's 100 favorite orchids, providing step-by-step instructions to repotting, light, water, fertilizer, insect and disease management, and dormancy for each of the many species and hybrids. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761110712
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Smith and Hawken Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 862,943
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Elvin McDonald is not only a garden writer and editor, but also one of the foremost horticultural authorities in America. He has authored more than 50 books, served as editorial consultant on Smith & Hawken's Outdoor Garden Book and was editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Gardening. He is currently senior staff editor and garden editor of Traditional Home Magazine. Elvin was just inducted into the Garden Writers Association of America's "Hall of Fame." He is the tenth inductee since 1981—and the youngest to date.

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Table of Contents

I. A SHORT HISTORY OF A HUGE FAMILY

The Orchid Arrives

A World of Orchids

II. WHAT ARE ORCHIDS?

Terrestrials and Epiphytes

Monopodials vs. Sympodials

Anatomy of Orchids

III. WHAT ORCHIDS NEED AND HOW TO PROVIDE IT

Humidity

Watering

Potting Mediums

Temperature

Light

IV. CREATING AN ORCHID GARDEN

Buying Orchids

Windowsills

Electric-Light Growing

Greenhouse

Slathouses

V. ORCHID GROWING IS SIMPLE

Potting and Repotting

Growing Mediums

Hardening Off and Dormancy

Fertilizing

Insect and Disease Management

Orchid Troubleshooting

VI. A FIELD GUIDE TO 100 ORCHIDS

APPENDIXES

North American Mail-Order Sources for Orchids

Glossary of Common Terms

Photography Credits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly Recommended for the beginner through advanced orchid grower

    This is a highly informative orchid book for the beginner just starting out through the advanced orchid grower as a reference.

    Excellent gift for the orchid grower.

    Shayna-Tiffany

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Beautiful Book!

    I highly reccomend this book for all orchid lovers, at any skill level. Pictures are wonderful, and clear info on each specimen shown! One of my very first books on orchid care/cultivation/collection, and I am in fact on this web page to find more like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    for all orchid hobbyists...

    excellent book for amateur orchid growers... all information required to start growing either on the windowsill or in your own little greenhouse...

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