Flamboyant, intriguing, beautiful and exotic, orchids have evolved to become the largest family of plants in the world. This classic book, written by two of the world's leading orchid authorities and now updated, presents everything you need to know to identify, choose and display these delightful flowers successfully. It contains guidance on tools and equipment; feeding and watering; and dealing with pests and diseases. A directory describes and illustrates a wide range of species and hybrids, providing information on habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. With over 600 exquisite photographs, this is the definitive guide to growing these well-loved plants.
Brian and Wilma Rittershausen came from a family of orchid experts that had a nursery in Devon, England. In 2009 they were awarded the Westonbirt Orchid Medal for outstanding literary achievement, and the nursery has won many gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
THE WORLD OF ORCHIDS 6 Why Grow Orchids? 8 Orchids in the Wild 12 The History of Orchids 30 The Botany of Orchids 40 WHERE TO GROW ORCHIDS 52 Growing Orchids Indoors 54 Growing Orchids Outdoors 66 Growing Orchids Under Glass 74 CARE AND CULTIVATION 86 Tools and Equipment 88 Growing Mediums 90 Potting and Mounting Orchids 94 Propagation 104 Routine Care 120 Common Problems 134 ORCHID DIRECTORY 144 Popular Orchids 146 Specialist Orchids 226 Temperate Terrestrial Orchids 246 Glossary 248 Suppliers 252 Index 254 Acknowledgements 256