From the Author
Believe it or not, orchids the most glamorous and spectacular flowering plants in the world, natures true masterpieces are easy to grow! You just need to give them what they need. And their requirements are not difficult to meet adequate light, humidity, water, and ventilation. Sure, there are other nuances, like fertilizing, repotting, insect and disease control, but none of these are daunting. Ive been growing and blooming orchids in my home for almost 40 years mostly not in a greenhouse, but under lights or in the windowsill. Helping you achieve success with these glorious plants is my pleasurable mission. If you follow the steps I lay out in this book, you will grow orchids that thrive. Everything in this book comes from many years of my own trials and errors not from theories about what should happen or what orchids might need. Sure, Im a professional horticulturist, but probably more importantly, Im a hands-on, sometimes fanatical, home orchid grower. I dont share with you anything in this book that I havent tried myself or am sure that works. Years ago, the methods of orchid culture were well-guarded secrets, hoarded by commercial growers and private estate gardeners. Thats not the case here. This is a tell-all book where all secrets are revealed. So you can now enter this wonderful world of orchids without fear, knowing that youre armed with the information you need to be successful and enjoy one of the most rewarding and fascinating, lifelong hobbies that youll ever experience growing orchids.
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Packed with photos, including 8 pages in full color
Color your world with orchids
Orchids are beautiful, fragrant, wonderfully varied, and surprisingly affordable. But aren't they hard to grow at home? No! says orchid grower extraordinaire Steve Frowine. In this handy guide, he shows you step by step how to select the right orchids, keep them healthy, encourage blooms, and even propagate your own plants.
Discover how to:
- Select orchids that will thrive in your home
- Water, fertilize, repot, and propagate orchids
- Decipher complicated orchid names
- Get familiar with favorite orchid varieties
- Create spectacular orchid displays