Bloom-Again Orchids: 50 Easy-Care Orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again

Bloom-Again Orchids: 50 Easy-Care Orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again

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by judywhite, Judy White
     
 

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Orchids have a reputation as the divas of the plant world: fussy, difficult-to-grow plants that—on top of all that—are prohibitively expensive. But there are plenty of orchids that anyone can grow. Orchids are no more difficult than familiar houseplants such as the African violet, and can be made to thrive and bloom in average indoor conditions.

Overview


Orchids have a reputation as the divas of the plant world: fussy, difficult-to-grow plants that—on top of all that—are prohibitively expensive. But there are plenty of orchids that anyone can grow. Orchids are no more difficult than familiar houseplants such as the African violet, and can be made to thrive and bloom in average indoor conditions. You just need to know what makes them happy.

Bloom-Again Orchids highlights the easiest, most fuss free varieties and includes invaluable tips on where to buy orchids and how to keep them in bloom. Each of the fifty profiles focuses on a commonly available orchid variety and includes a description, photograph, chart of basic growing requirements, and a handy twelve-point checklist.

Editorial Reviews

Our Little Acre blog
"With this book at your side and a little effort, you too can grow orchids that will be the envy of the neighborhood."
About.com
"If you’re interested in growing orchids, this is an extremely accessible reference book that will most certainly whet your appetite for growing more."
Oregonian
“Judywhite brings all her formidable talent to bear on Bloom-Again Orchids. The photos … draw you in and the writing keeps you there.”
Hoe and Shovel blog
“After reading [judywhite’s] tricks for growing orchids … you may never let your fear of orchids keep you from plunking down the change for them ever again.”
Buffalo Spree
“This book will help you figure out how to make your surroundings lush, fragrant, and slightly more reminiscent of the balmy days of summer.”
Lexington Herald-Leader
"Here's hope for all who love orchids but fear that they are too difficult to keep alive."

Hartford Courant
"Anyone who has ever succumbed to the charms of an orchid at the grocery store and then despaired when it quit blooming will gain a lot of confidence from this helpful guide."

Oklahoma Gardening Examiner
"If you’re thinking of buying an orchid, consult this book first. The orchid will thank you."
Akron Beacon Journal
"Think orchids are fussy? Author and orchid expert judywhite is out to prove otherwise."
Chattanooga Times Free Press
"Here's hope for all who love orchids but fear that they are too difficult to keep alive."
Our Little Acre blog - Elizabeth Licata
"With this book at your side and a little effort, you too can grow orchids that will be the envy of the neighborhood."
About.com - Dee Nash
"If you’re interested in growing orchids, this is an extremely accessible reference book that will most certainly whet your appetite for growing more."
Oregonian - Mary Beth Breckenridge
“Judywhite brings all her formidable talent to bear on Bloom-Again Orchids. The photos … draw you in and the writing keeps you there.”
From the Publisher

“Think orchids are fussy? Author and orchid expert judywhite is out to prove otherwise.” —Akron Beacon Journal

“Anyone who has ever succumbed to the charms of an orchid at the grocery store and then despaired when it quit blooming will gain a lot of confidence from this helpful guide.” —Hartford Courant

“Here’s hope for all who love orchids but fear that they are too difficult to keep alive.” —Lexington Herald-Leader

“Will help you figure out how to make your surroundings lush, fragrant, and slightly more reminiscent of the balmy days of summer.” —Buffalo Spree

“With this book at your side and a little effort, you too can grow orchids that will be the envy of the neighborhood.” —Our Little Acre blog

“judywhite brings all her formidable talent to bear on Bloom-Again Orchids. The photos. . . . draw you in and the writing keeps you there.” —The Oregonian

“Here’s hope for all who love orchids but fear that they are too difficult to keep alive.” —Chattanooga Times Free Press

“If you’re thinking of buying an orchid, consult this book first. The orchid will thank you.” —Oklahoma Gardening Examiner

“After reading [judywhite’s] tricks for growing orchids. . . . you may never let your fear of orchids keep you from plunking down the change for them ever again.” —Hoe and Shovel blog

“If you’re interested in growing orchids, this is an extremely accessible reference book that will most certainly whet your appetite for growing more.” —About.com
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604690552
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
513,636
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Introduction
Once upon a time, you needed a pot of gold to be able to call an orchid your own. Thankfully, those days are long gone. Now you can’t even go to the supermarket without tripping over an orchid. They’re everywhere, from big box stores to garden centers, florists and orchid nurseries, on eBay and Amazon.
Today, it’s not unusual to find orchids sold flowering in pots and baskets, packaged unbloomed in miniscule pots inside net bags (nicknamed “Baggy Babies”), or even trapped tightly in plastic blister packs like socket wrenches. That they survive and thrive shows, despite their exotic and fragile appearance, how tough orchids really are.

Orchids have been transformed from priceless to popular for several reasons beyond just their ruggedness. First, we figured out how to sow and grow their seeds, which need sterile, laboratory conditions. Then, we learned how to clone them—again, in sterile conditions. That made it possible to create literally millions of plants from one original, quickly and relatively cheaply.

And, during all these scientific breakthroughs, we’ve also been doing things by hand: taking pollen from one orchid plant and putting it on another, making over a hundred thousand kinds of artificial hybrids.

Add those factors together and you begin to understand where all those Phalaenopsis Moth orchids come from.
The explanation goes further. Because orchids have the unique ability to interbreed among different species and even different types, we’ve been able to create groups of orchids that would never exist in nature. The aim has been plants with lots of easy-to-grow hybrid vigor and spectacular flowers, gorgeous orchids that are incredible survivors.

This mission has been particularly successful with the wide range of Cattleya-type orchids, as well as within all the interrelated Oncidium, the latter of which is often sold just as an “Intergeneric Orchids.” You’ll find the most dramatic variety within these two types than probably any other. Together with Phalaenopsis, these three major groups dominate the orchid plant mass markets.

Some orchids, however, are still resistant to being cloned, and you see far fewer of their kind on the box-store scene. These include the easy-to-grow tropical ladyslippers (Paphiopedilum), among many others. Be sure to seek them out too, or you’ll miss some of the great treasures of the orchid world.
This book has a mission, too—to help you discover some of the more commonly available, easy-to-grow orchids, to aid in identifying plants that have no labels (as is all too often the case), and to assist in deciphering the sometimes incomprehensible names on the labels of plants that actually have them. Oh, yes, and to tell you how to grow and bloom them.

So go ahead, pick up an orchid or two, or twelve, or all fifty. They are definitely addictive. Give them as gifts, and throw in this book. We’ve got an exciting new world of orchids ahead of us.
 

Meet the Author


judywhite is author and photographer of the award-winning Taylor's Guide to Orchids (Houghton Mifflin 1996). A past trustee of the American Orchid Society (AOS), she has earned its highest prize for writing about orchid culture, as well as the AOS Silver Medal for outstanding service to the orchid community. Her photography has graced many books and publications, and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. A former research biologist and past editor-in-chief of one of the world's first mega-gardening Web sites, Time Life's Virtual Garden, judywhite is married to British garden writer Graham Rice. She is proud to say she has killed orchids on both sides of the Atlantic. Visit her Web site at www.gardenphotos.com.

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Bloom-Again Orchids: 50 Easy-Care Orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
160meters More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by The Oregonian Newspaper garden section, and boy were they correct in saying it's a wonderful book. It's not a manual, it describes certain orchids that will grow and prosper and are NOT finicky and bloom again in the same year. full size pix in the 131 pages. Buy it as a gift, you will be a hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one makes more sense to me about orchids than judywhite, who writes clearly & simply, with lots of easy-to-understand information and explanations. I've had her Taylors Guide to Orchids for years and still use it a lot, so I was glad to find she's done another wonderful & absolutely beautiful book, Bloom-Again Orchids. This is a book for everyone, beginner to advanced, and is a fabulous one for gift-giving. And the writing is so entertaining that I actually laughed out loud a bunch of times. The front part of this book gives lots of tips about how orchids grow, so you really "get" orchids. A really good two page spread has her "10 Best tips for Growing Orchids" that you could almost just cut out and paste on the wall behind your plants! Then most of the rest of the book details 50 different kinds of orchids that she's chosen for their relative ease in getting to grow - and, importantly - how to get them to flower again, year after year. The photography is really gorgeous, with at least one full-page picture per entry, often more. The layout of each entry is really nice too, with a box with pronunciation, potting needs, light & temperature requirements, plant size, etc, and a checklist with things like "Fragrant", "Big Flowers", etc. There's even a chart at the back to help you decipher the abbreviations on orchid labels, which I've never seen anywhere else. This is truly a super book, and I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was.
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Purchased as a Holiday gift for my wife, who started a new hobby with orchids. Book has great photos and advice on care for orchids. She enjoys and orchids are doing very well.