Beginner's Guide to Orchids

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., Aug 1, 2005 - Gardening - 128 pages
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Learn the secrets of caring for orchids so that you can enjoy their magnificent blossoms at home. Whether you've already received your first orchid or are ready to purchase some yourself, here's all the growing essentials that any beginner could ever need. Take a look at the ten magnificent orchids you're most likely to find, from tall Dendrobiums that come in a wide range of colors, to Phalaenopsis, which make excellent houseplants. Find out the conditions that best suit orchids, such as light and humidity, to help you decide where to place your plants. A windowsill is a great location, but you can also use artificial light and temperature control in a room. Watering is the most important consideration in orchid-growing. You won't harm your plants by giving them too much water at one time, just don't do it too frequently. Once you learn the signs to look for when your orchids need water, you'll never worry about this essential task. Then choose from the most popular types of composts or soils and you'll be delighted at the results you can achieve. What are the three key requirements for successful potting? If you decide to grow orchids in baskets or by hydroponics-without soil-check the advice on these methods before you start. And if you would like to try propagation, basic information is provided. Orchids are extraordinarily tough plants and you'll have very few pests to deal with. Just follow the tips on frequently encountered pests, whether they are aphids or sap suckers. A splendid photographic gallery of orchids will spark your enthusiasm and encourage you to begin right away. Your orchids will flourish and thrive with the proper attention you'll be able to give them.

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It's not a bad beginner book (and this was one I checked out for the library, browsing around), but there are far better books out there if you are starting out. Read full review

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