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Orchids For Dummies

Frowine, Steven A. / National Gardening Association


2. Edition May 2022
336 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-85495-1
John Wiley & Sons

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Become a plant parent to some of the most stunning flowering plants you've ever seen

Orchids display more beautiful and exotic flowers than you'll find on other flowering plants, but they do require some love and care to grow well. With help from Orchids For Dummies, anyone can be successful in growing and flowering these gorgeous and fragrant plants in their garden or home!

This step-by-step guide shows you how to select orchids that will thrive in your own unique environment and how to water, fertilize, repot, and propagate them on your own. You'll learn to decipher complicated orchid names ("phalaenopsis," anyone?) and create spectacular displays. You'll also discover:
* New information about updated plant and orchid classification systems so you can know what to buy at your local garden center or store
* Expanded info on moth orchids, one of the most popular varieties of the plant sold in the world today
* Updated instructions on which pesticides, fertilizers, and potting materials you should be using

Perfect for amateur gardeners, orchid-lovers, and anyone interested in growing these exquisite flowers on their own, Orchids For Dummies will turn your thumb green in no time at all!

Introduction 1

Part 1: Welcoming Orchids into Your Life 5

Chapter 1: Discovering the World of Orchids 7

Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Orchid for You 23

Chapter 3: Having the Right Tools on Hand 39

Chapter 4: How I Love Thy Orchid: Enjoying the Orchid's Beauty 53

Part 2: The Basics of Orchid Parenthood 67

Chapter 5: Providing the Right Growing Environment 69

Chapter 6: Watering and Fertilizing Orchids 95

Chapter 7: The ABCs of Potting Materials, Containers, and Repotting 111

Chapter 8: Two, Four, Six, Eight, Let Your Orchids Propagate: Multiplying Your Orchids 123

Chapter 9: Keeping Your Orchids Pest- and Disease-Free 131

Part 3: The Best Orchids for Rookies 143

Chapter 10: Moth Orchids: The Best Choice for Beginners 145

Chapter 11: The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their Relatives 167

Chapter 12: Lovely from Flower to Root: Lady's Slipper Orchids 191

Chapter 13: Dancing Ladies: Oncidiums and Their Relatives 213

Chapter 14: Considering Some Significant Others 235

Chapter 15: Hardy Orchids That Laugh at the Cold 257

Part 4: The Part of Tens 267

Chapter 16: The Ten (or So) Easiest Orchids to Grow 269

Chapter 17: Ten Common Reasons That Orchids Die (and How to Avoid 'em) 273

Chapter 18: The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Orchids 279

Chapter 19: The Ten Most Common Reasons Why Orchids Don't Bloom 285

Appendix A: Additional Orchid Resources 289

Appendix B: English-Metric Conversion Tables 295

Index 297
Steven A. Frowine is a noted professional horticulturist and a longtime avid gardener and communicator.

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