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Growing Hardy Orchids [Hardcover]

John Tullock
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15 Oct 2005
This is a book for adventurous gardeners with an appreciation for temperate orchid species and native wildflowers. A surprising number of terrestrial orchids are hardy, some able to withstand temperatures down to minus 50-F or minus 45.5-C. Though they have a reputation for being challenging to cultivate, in truth, most hardy orchids are no more so than a rose. This is great news for gardeners, who will enjoy filling their gardens with their enchanting fragrances, vibrant color displays, and long-lived blooms. At the center of the book is a catalog of 103 hardy and half-hardy orchids. In addition to detailing the techniques of cultivation and propagation, the book covers conservation and includes lists of suppliers and organizations offering nursery-propagated plants - an especially critical issue for species in danger of extinction.

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927153
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 973,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this detailed and informative volume, the author seeks to persuade the reluctant gardener that anyone can raise orchids successfully. Bookseller 20050415 An exquisite treatment of hardy orchid cultivation and an indispensable addition to every gardener's library. -- Bart G. Jones Tennessee Native Plant Society 20050830 John Tullock's book is thoughtful ... presenting his personal views on orchids in nature, their conservation, and the problems with previous efforts to grow hardy species. -- Larry Mellichamp American Gardener 20051101 An eye opener, more than just a how-to book, although there's a lot of that. The author also offers his readers a thought-provoking lesson in conservation ethics. -- Karen Preuss Northwest Garden News 20060601 A delightful horticultural book that should give lovers of native plants the encouragement to grow some of the most charming of native plants: temperate orchids. -- Root Gorelick Plant Science Bulletin 20060601 I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in growing hardy orchids. ... It brings together a lot of previously scattered information about basic growing requirements of 104 species of hardy orchids. -- Barbara Gravendeel Blumea 20060701 Imparts the basics of orchid cultivation and propagation through easy to follow tips and beautiful, illustrative photos. ... A great gardener's companion in that it provides the tools necessary to start- cultivating, and catalogs 103 hardy and half-hardy plants as well as an extensive list of suppliers and organizations. -- Megann Daw Chesapeake Home 20061001

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John Tullock is a writer, photographer, orchid fanatic, and long-time conservationist. He is an active member of the Nature Conservancy, American Orchid Society, North American Plant Protection Council, and Tennessee Native Plant Society. He lives outside of Knoxville, Tennessee (USA).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Growing hardy orchids. 12 Sep 2006
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Not a very detailed book for growing hardy orchids

in Britain. More a book for American growers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Growing Hardy Orchids 10 May 2009
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Not a book for the a UK grower.Half the book is of interest to the American grower, the rest is really about John Tullock.
Just how much credence can be given to John Tullock's credentials in conservation of the American natives is questionable when he appears to believe that the native Epipactis gigantea is a European introduction.
The section on individual species is anoying with its shortage of any sizes for the plants.
There are better hardy orchid books available for the UK grower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 11 Feb 2010
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A great introduction to Growing Hardy Orchids.

Book is somewhat let down by it's quick despcriptions of some of the hrady orchids, but on the hole it's a pretty book which captures the essence of it's subject matter.

Well worth adding to your library!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Orchid Book 21 Oct 2007
By Bob Alberts - Published on Amazon.com
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While I am just a neophyte as far as Orchids are concerned I found "Growing Hardy Orchids" to be a well thought out and well planned book. I live in Northern Maine and have always been interested in my local Orchids. Thank You Mr. Tullock for your insight. Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift 17 Jan 2013
By J. Monroe - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a lovely book. Not very big, but lovely photos and details with good ideas. The recipient was very pleased with it. I have dealt with this Amazon company a few times and they always send new copies, on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fish and orchids 12 Nov 2005
By Joaquin Ibarrez - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr John Tullock, the author of this tome, was interviewed today On the Jane Nugent Gardening Show on WPTT-AM 1360 Pittsburgh, PA, 12 November 2005. He gave an excellent overview of the subject of orchiculture which he delightfully integrated with his studies of pisciculture, ichthyology and ecology. The book is an excellent and accessible resource, well illustrated, for the individual who enjoys orchids for their beauty and the amateur or professional grower who enjoys the cultivation of orchids of diverse habitats. Another great offering from Timber Press.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very informative but... 26 Jan 2006
By DebauchedSloth - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fairly inspiring and very informative but there are some respects in which it does not meet/suit my learning style. I wish that the 'catalog of hardy and half-hardy orchids', fully half of the the text of the book before the very interesting epilogue, were arranged taxonomically rather than alphabetically by genus. I would find it more useful if related genera (that may not be alphabetically nearby) were listed together. That would help me learn to classify the taxa into functional groups rather than by the spelling of their genus (recognizing microhabitat differences such as pH that some widespread genera like Cypripedium and Platanthera spread across). The relationships of the genera are listed elsewhere but a lot of back and forth flipping could have been avoided wiith a different arrangement of the list of species.

I would love to see range maps. Obviously there are too many species (never mind hybrids) to give a range map for each one, but what about a range map for each genus or set of genera, w/ gradations indicating the number of species (or genera, as appropriate) in each part of the map? I'm picturing a cloud plot which is densest where the most species occur, and diffuse where few occur (and obviously blank where none occur).

Finally, I wish the USDA hardiness zone map had zoomed in on the lower 48 so that I could actually read it. Maybe I am just unfortunate enough to be in an area that may or may not be in a striking outlier zone (if the map were bigger I could tell, and I am off to google to find a better map when I'm done writing this). Not to be too US-centric, if the map showed everything below a straight line between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Gaspe peninsula you would probably have sufficient info for the vast majority of your Canadian readers too. Actually the map probably wouldn't need to show much below the lower extent of the Appalachians in the east and I'm not sure what in the west to cover the areas of interest to people likely to attempt cultivating these specific orchids.

Anyway, I wish the information in the book were more targeted so I didn't feel like I have to read it cover to cover (potentially multiple times) before feeling like I had a sufficient grasp of the material. As is, digesting it in time for this spring's planting doesn't seem likely. But I'll keep looking for supplementary web pages. And maybe this is the author's/publisher's subtle way of suggesting that I shouldn't dash off to the store, buy a bunch of soil amendments and tubers and fill up the yard w/o taking more time to mull it over and plan.
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