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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764567594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764567599
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Believe it or not, orchids — the most glamorous and spectacular flowering plants in the world, nature’s 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. I’ve 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, I’m a professional horticulturist, but probably more importantly, I’m a hands-on, sometimes fanatical, home orchid grower. I don’t share with you anything in this book that I haven’t 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. That’s 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 you’re armed with the information you need to be successful and enjoy one of the most rewarding and fascinating, lifelong hobbies that you’ll ever experience — growing orchids.

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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

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By EddieA on 13 Jun 2010
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This book does things like:
uses the light levels of Hawaii and New England (can you guess what the light's like in New England)as guides for various light level requirements of certain orchids. What about the light in Scotland, Middle or South England, Wales?
Even the names of compost components are American and it is not always obvious what their UK counterpart is (even if there is one),
the suppliers and web links etc are also for the US market.
Finally there are many hybrids and cultivars in this book and unless you check them individually there is no way of telling if they are available here. In my experience of other plants' cultivars that are available to the US market they are often not available here.
If you are a beginner it would make sense to by a book with UK specific information.
No attempt has been made by the authors or publishers to internationalise this book except the attempt to sell it to us.
I would try The Orchid Expert as a cheaper and UK oriented alternative.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Brookes on 8 Mar 2008
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NEW TO ORCHIDS?...ALWAYS LOOKING BUT FRIGHTENED TO BUY?... This is a MUST HAVE book for you.Very easy to understand. Everything explained in simple English.Even contains a table with the pronounceable way of the orchids names.My husband has adored orchids for many years,but worried and unsure of the upkeep.In 2007 I bought this book as a Christmas present,to go with his one new orchid.2008 he is going to build a garden room for his beloved collection,which includes one of mine....and guess what I am having for a birthday present this year! Highly recommend.
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By M. J. Smith on 4 April 2010
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As an early dummy. (actually always have been, but only just realised) my approach to orchids has just been to stick them in steamy bathroom with a drop of water when I remembered, which has always given rise to a constant flow of diffent orchids. Good, but hey, they are like pets and its sad to see them go!! Now, with this book, I face a resurgent future of orchids that might grow to love me and with me become close friends.... or not, as the case may be - but the book is good.
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Its OK you don't need to be a Dummy to buy,read and use it. As with most for Dummies it covers everything in a very easy read way. Written by an expert I accept. For me Orchids are a new hobby. I will know were to go if they go wrong. Good book.
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Wonderful general book for growing orchids. Crammed with very useful tips, funny style, it makes the subject (sometimes complex for beginners) easy. If you are looking for the first book in your orchid library, this is the one. I should had it five years ago when I started, but even today is an excellent purchase for my collection. Just get it.
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By Lynne Harper on 14 Feb 2014
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this is good and as im an avid Orchid grower, it has helped with dealing with things that i wasnt sure of.
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