Orchid Care: For the Beginner

Orchid Care: For the Beginner

by Barb Schmidt


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Orchid Care: For the Beginner “demystifies orchid care for a wide audience in this slim, instructive volume. The book can function as a reference guide, but it's best read cover to cover, as the information is well chosen to keep from frightening off beginning

enthusiasts.” This quote came from a July 18, 2016 review in Publishers Weekly. The philosophy behind this book is that if you understand how orchids grow in their native environments, you can learn to mimic these conditions in your home. Most orchids are actually very easy to grow once you recognize their needs.

The book contains 14 chapters which are essentially broken down into four main topics: the history of orchids, care for orchids, growth patterns of orchids, and miscellaneous topics such as picking your first orchid, pest control, and repotting. There are also two tables in the book which can serve as reference guides: Orchid Characteristics and Troubleshooting Guide.

The author is an instructor for horticultural societies and universities, such as the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Western North Carolina Orchid Society and Cornell University She has a secondary science teaching degree, and has been raising and showing orchids for over 12 years. Her orchids have won a variety of awards, including first place ribbons at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This combination makes her uniquely qualified to author this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692627112
Publisher: Barbara A Schmidt
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Barb Schmidt has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology and a teaching certificate in secondary education. She is a member of the American Orchid Society, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), where she teaches orchid classes. Her orchids have won a variety of awards, including first place ribbons at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Title Page
Introduction 1
Orchidaceae - The Orchid Family 5
Understanding How Orchids Grow 7
Orchid Care: Finding the Right Light 11
Orchid Care: Watering Your Orchid 17
Orchid Care: Feeding Your Orchid 25
Orchid Care: Finding the Right Temperature 29
Orchid Growth Cycles 31
Getting Your Orchid to Bloom Again 35
Repotting Your Orchids 37
Picking Your First Orchid Plant 43
Moving Your Orchids Outside 47
Orchid Pests 51
Ice Cube Orchids 53
Table I - Orchid Characteristics 55
Table II - Troubleshooting Guide 57
Glossary 63
Index 69

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