256 pages, 635 photographs
This is an inspirational encyclopedia of orchids, with guidance on the best orchids to choose, and how to grow and care for them. It contains everything you need to know to grow orchids successfully, with step-by-step information on potting and mounting orchids, propagation, feeding, watering, light levels, and dealing with pests and diseases. It offers practical advice on growing and displaying orchids indoors, under glass, and outdoors, both in temperate and tropical areas. It is an easy-to-use plant directory of over 200 fabulous orchids, with photographs of each orchid, and vital information on habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. It features over 635 stunning photographs of orchids in all their glory.
This book, by two of the world's leading orchid authorities, presents everything you need to know to grow orchids successfully. It offers a round-the-world tour of the habitats in which orchids are found, and provides explanations of the main orchid types. Inspirational display ideas for growing orchids are given, whether in glass tanks or on trees and stones. A directory looks in detail at a range of orchid species and hybrids, providing information on their natural habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. This is the definitive guide to orchids, whether you wish to cultivate a few specimens or find new varieties to add to an existing collection.
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Brian and Wilma Rittershausen come from a family of orchid experts who have had an orchid nursery since the 1940s. They have lectured and written on orchids and have published a number of important books on the subject. Wilma was editor of "The Orchid Review", the official orchid journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, for fifteen years. Brian is a British Orchid Council and Royal Horticultural Society judge, while the nursery consistently exhibits Gold Medal displays at the Chelsea Flower Show.