Easy Orchids: The Fail-Safe Guide to Growing Orchids Indoors

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Advances in home climate technology have spurred a dramatic rise in the popularity of orchids as houseplants. Wide availability and affordability have made them far more accessible. Modern orchid varieties are hardy and come in a vast array of colors and sizes to suit any gardener's home environment.

Easy Orchids shows just how easy it is to fill the home year-round with these colorful and scented blooms. The book is packed with glorious color photographs of orchids from around ...

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Overview

Advances in home climate technology have spurred a dramatic rise in the popularity of orchids as houseplants. Wide availability and affordability have made them far more accessible. Modern orchid varieties are hardy and come in a vast array of colors and sizes to suit any gardener's home environment.

Easy Orchids shows just how easy it is to fill the home year-round with these colorful and scented blooms. The book is packed with glorious color photographs of orchids from around the world and gives practical guidance and expert tips in a clear and easy-to-use format.

Topics include:

  • Extensive A-Z orchid directory of plants
  • Cool, warm and intermediate varieties
  • Choosing a healthy plant and checklist for buying orchids online
  • Transporting and importing plants
  • Detailed cultivation instructions
  • Strength of fragrance and size of bloom
  • Ease of growth and ideal growing temperature and location
  • Watering and humidity levels
  • Feeding, potting and seasonal care.

Using Easy Orchids, gardeners everywhere will discover how fail-safe and rewarding it can be to grow orchids at home.

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Editorial Reviews

London Free Press
Proven, simple, yet expert advice on growing a wide range of orchids in the home.
— Ken Smith
Garden Compass
How to choose the right orchids for your home and then, in easy terms, explains how to care for them.
— John Bagnasco
Newark Star-Ledger
Especially useful for the home grower... 85 orchids most suitable for the home -- with detailed information on daily care.
— John Van de Water
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A calm and simple approach to growing one of the most popular, yet confounding, houseplants... easy to read and follow.
— Marty Wingate
Publishers Weekly
This utilitarian manual to orchids as houseplants succeeds admirably in its aim to provide a practical, concise, easy-to-use guide that is suitable for those with little or no experience of growing orchids. Johnson, owner of McBean's Orchids in Essex, England, a company that's been growing orchids since 1879, instructs readers on how to choose the right orchid for their home (taking into account temperature, light and humidity) and explores options for procuring the right orchid. Detailed advice on feeding, watering and repotting, as well as tips for dealing with pests and diseases further increase readers' chances of successfully growing these lovely but temperamental plants. Johnson moves on to giving hints for displaying orchids and addresses common concerns and simple solutions. Finally, she presents a substantial directory, which profiles hundreds of different kinds of orchids all capable of being grown in the average home by novice growers and provides instructions for meeting the individual needs of each species. Artful photos of vibrant orchids in bloom soften the writing's textbook-like tone. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The ever-increasing popularity of orchid growing has resulted in a spate of how-to books for beginners. This illustrated A-to-Z guide, by the owner of the renowned British nursery McBean's Orchids, features 85 orchid varieties recommended for indoor cultivation. As the focus is on plants that are "widely available" in U.K. nurseries, American readers will have a difficult time locating the featured plants not readily obtainable in the United States. Similarly, the appendix of "useful addresses" will be largely irrelevant to U.S. readers. The horticultural information (e.g., temperature, watering, feeding, after-bloom care) provided for each plant, though intended for the novice, is simplistically generic. The most useful part of this directory is the chapter on displaying orchids in the home environment. Recommended only as a supplement to more comprehensive beginner guides for American readers, such as the recently published Complete Guide to Orchids.-Brian Lym, City Coll. of San Francisco Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
HortIdeas
Well-illustrated advice on picking appropriate orchids, caring for them, and displaying them attractively... Orchids for the rest of us — there's an idea whose time appears to have come.
Biology Digest
This easy-to-use book is filled with important facts and expert techniques... a fabulous book that covers everything in a no-no-nonsense manner.
Michigan Gardener
Beautifully illustrated and up-to-date... gardeners of all levels will discover how fail-safe it can be to grow orchids.
London Free Press - Ken Smith
Proven, simple, yet expert advice on growing a wide range of orchids in the home.
Newark Star-Ledger - John Van de Water
Especially useful for the home grower is "Easy Orchids"... Here are 85 orchids most suitable for the home — with detailed information on daily care.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Marty Wingate
Johnson takes a calm and simple approach to growing one of the most popular, yet confounding, houseplants... easy to read and follow... lovely color photographs.
Current Books on Gardening and Botany [Chicago Bot - Adele Kleine
Both common and unusual cultivars... concise, pertinent, practical information in an easy to find format.
Garden Compass - John Bagnasco
This guide shows how to choose the right orchids for your home and then, in easy terms, explains how to care for them.
Vancouver Sun
[Recommended as a book for novices] A clear guide to all the main types and the most reliable cultivars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979358
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Johnson is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, an orchid judge and the owner of McBean's Orchids, a company that has been growing orchids since 1879.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Choosing Your Orchid
    • The right orchid for your home
    • Buying from a retail outlet
    • Buying by mail order or via the internet
  3. Looking After Your Orchid
    • Keep your orchid happy
    • Pests and diseases
  4. Displaying Orchids in the Home
    • Planning your arrangement
    • Display techniques
    • Where to display your orchids
  5. Common Concerns and Simple Solutions
  6. Orchid Directory

    Index
    Useful
    Addresses


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Preface

Introduction

There are orchid books for academics, amateur collectors, and enthusiasts, but none for those who love and buy orchids purely as plants to decorate their homes and gardens. This book aims to provide a practical, concise, easy-to-use guide that is suitable for those with little or no experience of growing orchids.

Orchids have long been considered expensive and difficult to grow, and the myth that has built up around these fabulous plants needs dispelling. There is a wide choice of easy-to-grow orchids that will happily live in most homes.

Many people may have come across a stunning orchid, but were discouraged by the uninformative plant label. It is not unusual for the instructions on such labels to be so general that they are virtually useless. In this book I will explain the basic rules for selecting your orchid, caring for it properly and getting it to reflower. Once you know the basic techniques, you will get enormous enjoyment and satisfaction from growing these wonderful plants.

Central heating and other modern heating systems have resulted in a dramatic rise in the popularity of the moth orchid as a houseplant. Discovered in the jungles of the Philippines, it has elegant, arching sprays of flowers that shimmer in the breeze like fluttering, fragile moths. Phalaenopsis now tops plant popularity polls in the U.S., the U.K. and other parts of Europe.

The past two years saw the moth orchid share top spot as the U.K's most popular pot plant, and it has achieved the number two position in the U.S., just behind the ever-popular Christmas poinsettia. The pages of lifestyle and decorating magazines and television shows bring us images, week after week, of orchids used as decorative features in the home. Their use is understandable: they are truly beautiful and available in a range of colors, shapes and sizes. Many are easy to grow and do not require constant attention.

As for my own orchid "credentials" — I am the owner of McBean's Orchids in Cooksbridge, in southeast England, a company that has grown orchids since 1879. Over a century of breeding and showing these amazing plants has gained McBean's nursery countless awards and worldwide recognition. I have written this book with the orchid as a houseplant firmly in mind. I'm backed by a wealth of experience from the team at McBean's, who have bred and raised several million orchids.

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Introduction

Introduction

There are orchid books for academics, amateur collectors, and enthusiasts, but none for those who love and buy orchids purely as plants to decorate their homes and gardens. This book aims to provide a practical, concise, easy-to-use guide that is suitable for those with little or no experience of growing orchids.

Orchids have long been considered expensive and difficult to grow, and the myth that has built up around these fabulous plants needs dispelling. There is a wide choice of easy-to-grow orchids that will happily live in most homes.

Many people may have come across a stunning orchid, but were discouraged by the uninformative plant label. It is not unusual for the instructions on such labels to be so general that they are virtually useless. In this book I will explain the basic rules for selecting your orchid, caring for it properly and getting it to reflower. Once you know the basic techniques, you will get enormous enjoyment and satisfaction from growing these wonderful plants.

Central heating and other modern heating systems have resulted in a dramatic rise in the popularity of the moth orchid as a houseplant. Discovered in the jungles of the Philippines, it has elegant, arching sprays of flowers that shimmer in the breeze like fluttering, fragile moths. Phalaenopsis now tops plant popularity polls in the U.S., the U.K. and other parts of Europe.

The past two years saw the moth orchid share top spot as the U.K's most popular pot plant, and it has achieved the number two position in the U.S., just behind the ever-popular Christmas poinsettia. The pages of lifestyle and decorating magazines and television shows bring us images, week after week,of orchids used as decorative features in the home. Their use is understandable: they are truly beautiful and available in a range of colors, shapes and sizes. Many are easy to grow and do not require constant attention.

As for my own orchid "credentials" -- I am the owner of McBean's Orchids in Cooksbridge, in southeast England, a company that has grown orchids since 1879. Over a century of breeding and showing these amazing plants has gained McBean's nursery countless awards and worldwide recognition. I have written this book with the orchid as a houseplant firmly in mind. I'm backed by a wealth of experience from the team at McBean's, who have bred and raised several million orchids.

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