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Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants Hardcover – November 9, 2004
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The book is divided into four parts:
Part 1 - "Setting up the Orchid Environment" talks about buying your first orchid, the anatomy of the orchid, where to grow them, light, temperature, humidity and air movement, and quite detailed information about artificial lights.
Part 2 - "Care and Feeding" covers the basics of watering, fertilization, potting and repotting, types of mixtures, mounting orchids on trees and branches, pests and diseases, and a troubleshooting guide.
Part 3 - "Orchid Reproduction" is about hand pollination and the care of seedlings, and hybridization.
Part 4 - "Common Orchid Genera from A to Z" features a gallery of orchids with photos and cultural advice as well as skill levels (beginner, expert, experienced).
This is a book for both beginners and advanced orchid growers.
biggest problem with the book is that it seems to convey the idea that any of the solutions will work which is not the case. Successful orchid growing requires an understanding through trial and error of what will work in your home. There are some basic tenants for everyone; however, they get lost in the details.
All in all, it's a great reference book and I would strongly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is exactly what I wanted. The writing is great and the pictures are gorgeous. The book is so informative on growing habits, tips, orchid types, need-to-knows, everything! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle J.
This is a great expose on the raising of orchids. It includes hundreds of color photographs of various varieties of orchids. I purchased this for a good friend as a holiday gift. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sunny
This is an intro book, has lots of interesting information, but it was too general for my particular purpose. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lu
Absolutely my favorite, most useful book on orchids. It has helped me go from a beginner orchid grower with about 10 plants to very experienced and knowledgeable, with about 100 +... Read morePublished 11 months ago by monkey beans
My wife likes this book and uses it to help grow her orchids.Published 11 months ago by Bob Christian
It is a beautiful book!, however the information I was looking for I couldn't find it in this book. I have two different orchids and different shoots from growth were growing and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ursula sullivan