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The World's Most Beautiful Orchids
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The Worlds Most Beautiful Orchids takes the superstars of the plant world and shows them in their many varied forms and colors. From the most commonly sold orchid type—phalaenopsis—to some of the rarest species on the planet, orchid specialists Greg Allikas and Ned Nash uncover some of the most beautiful examples they have grown and photographed in a lifetime of growing, photographing, collecting, and judging orchids. For those new to orchid growing or collecting, The Worlds Most Beautiful Orchids gives an introduction to the abundant choices available. This book provides the chance to assess some of the rarer hybrids in one extensive volume. As well as providing a directory of the finest orchids, history, cultivation, and conservation is discussed, along with practical advice about buying and growing the right orchid for the right location.
With decades of experience between them, Allikas and Nash help readers tackle these tricky issues while providing a wealth of information about the very best orchids—spectacular and interesting plants that have crossed their paths, whether it was in an American Orchid Society competition or on one of their many forays into the jungles of Venezuela.
Flamboyant and exotic, orchids are the Vegas Showgirls of the plant world. Prized for their diverse colors, shapes, and fragrances, orchids fascinate and intimidate even the most confident gardeners. Now with this comprehensive guide to the amazing family of orchids, even 'brown thumbs' can learn to grow healthy, thriving orchids at home. Written by a horticultural expert, "The World's Most Beautiful Orchids digs deep into the largest family of flowering plants on the planet, and features step-by-step instructions for successfully growing orchids yourself. Topics cover the origin and Latin names of a variety of species, their particular growing requirements (fertilization, humidity, light, potting media, temperature, and water) and how to care for sick plants. Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of color photographs of these magnificent, mysterious flowers, "The World's Most Beautiful Orchids is the ultimate petal-to-root guide to this exotic plant.
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