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Orchids: A Practical Guide to Care and Cultivation

Handbook / ManualOut of Print

By: Michael Tibbs

160 pages, 180 colour photos, illus, diagrams

New Holland Publishers

Hardback | Jul 2007 | #166772 | ISBN-13: 9781843308737
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About this book

Introduces the beginner to the fascinating world of growing and caring for orchids. With more than 25,000 species, orchids are quite possibly the largest, and certainly the most diverse, plant family on earth. They are found all over the world (except the polar regions), in a wide range of biomes, and adapted to both epiphytic and terrestrial growth. Visually, orchids offer an exquisite variety of forms and colours, and hybridization has expanded the number of species and produced spectacular new combinations of colour and form.

This book provides the beginner with commonsense advice on getting started with orchids, understanding the basics of orchid biology, caring for orchids in variety of settings (for example in the house, under a shade cloth or in the greenhouse) and mastering techniques for reportting, dividing and growing from seed. The second part of the book covers the major orchid families and their characteristics, with advice on choosing the plant that is right for your climate conditions. The book also covers pests and diseases and everything you need to know in order to enter your orchids in competition.

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Mike Tibbs is a distinguished orchid grower and breeder, and is the author of two important books on orchids. He lectures widely and judges orchids at shows in South Africa, Japan, the UK and the USA. He is the co-author, with Dr Phillip Cribb, of A Very Victorian Passion: The Orchid Scrapbooks of John Day (Thames & Hudson, 2004).

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