The Gardener's Guide to Growing Orchids (The Gardener's Guide Series)

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"Orchids have always had a massive following among specialist collectors, but with the development of the new 'easy-care' hybrids even novice gardeners are becoming seduced by their exotic splendours." "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Orchids dispels the mystery surrounding the cultivation of these plants while bringing the horticultural descriptions and lists of some of the new hybrids right up-to-date for specialists. Within the orchid group there are around 750 genera and 25,000 species with an even larger number of hybrids, around 100,000. In ...
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Overview

"Orchids have always had a massive following among specialist collectors, but with the development of the new 'easy-care' hybrids even novice gardeners are becoming seduced by their exotic splendours." "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Orchids dispels the mystery surrounding the cultivation of these plants while bringing the horticultural descriptions and lists of some of the new hybrids right up-to-date for specialists. Within the orchid group there are around 750 genera and 25,000 species with an even larger number of hybrids, around 100,000. In this book Wilma and Brian Rittershausen have created an authoritative reference guide to the best of these plants including popular orchids like Phalaenopsis, Cymbidiums and Paphiopedilums as well as some of the more unusual genera. They offer expert guidance for identification as well as advice on cultivation and care based on first-hand experience. Full descriptions of the modern methods of propagation and breeding are described so that enthusiasts can enjoy the thrill of flowering orchids they have raised themselves. Best of all, many of the new hybrids included in the A-Z of orchids can be grown in much the same way as other houseplants, without the need for a greenhouse or any other specialist equipment." "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Orchids offers a welcoming introduction to the world of orchids for people who have always admired their captivating forms and colours but have been intimidated by their fussy cultivation and care requirements. It also provides a wealth of specialist information for collectors thanks to the superbly detailed advice of the Rittershausens, who are world-renowned orchid experts."--BOOK JACKET.
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A couple of English orchid specialists offer an introduction to growing orchids in the home and greenhouse. Covers general care, indoor cultivation, growing media and repotting, pests and diseases, propagation, exhibition, and an A-to-Z of popular, easier-care orchids emphasizing species but including a number of hybrids. Includes 76 fine quality color photographs and line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881924961
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Gardener's Guide Ser.
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Orchids 6
2. Where to Grow Orchids 12
3. Cultivating and Propagating Orchids 24
4. Orchids in the Home 42
5. Pests and Diseases 46
6. Exhibiting Orchids 56
7. An A-Z of Orchids 62
Appendices
1 Glossary 151
2 About the Authors 152
3 Reading about Orchids 152
4 Videos about Orchids 153
5 Seeing and Buying Orchids 153
Index 154
Acknowledgements 160
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