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100 Orchids for the American Gardener (Smith & Hawken)by Elvin Mcdonald
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Coddled by owners, prized by collectors, meticulously bred by professional growers, the once-rare orchid is currently enjoying a boom in popularity. There is no denying that orchids are beautiful, exotic, mysterious, that they cast a spell like no other flower, but the surprise is that they're disarmingly easy to grow.
Elvin McDonald, the acclaimed gardening authority and writer, is a self-professed orchid fanatic who shares his long love affair with the subject in 100 ORCHIDS FOR THE AMERICAN GARDENER. By focusing on their simple needs, Mr. McDonald presents a splendid how-to for growing 100 of the most beguiling, rewarding, and sumptuous orchids available in North America. He shows how to pot and repot them; set up a watering schedule; check for pests and diseases; and, most important, get them to rebloom. Also included are full-color photographs of orchids in all their glory, plus a source guide. Whether you're on your first cattleya or have already assembled the makings of a collection, this handsome reference will surely serve as an indispensable guide.
Book News Annotation:
A lushly illustrated guide to the author's 100 favorite orchids, providing step-by-step instructions to repotting, light, water, fertilizer, insect and disease management, and dormancy for each of the many species and hybrids. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From a dean of garden writers comes the definitive guide on raising orchids. Beginning with the myth that orchids are hard to grow, McDonald describes potting mediums, water and air needs, light and lack of light, and more. Color photos.
IF YOU CAN GROW HOUSEPLANTS, YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS
The spidery Brassia. The perfumed amethyst Miltassia. White-lipped Cattleyas with lavendar tepals. From Cymbidiums to Vandas, Phalaenopsis to Paphiopedilums, 100 ORCHIDS FOR THE AMERICAN GARDENER removes the mystery and confusion surrounding these gorgeous plants. A fully illustrated guide, it takes gardeners step-by-step through the appropriate potting mediums, light, water, and fertilizer for a huge range of orchids. It tells how to repot an orchid, keep it free of disease and pests, and care for it during its dormant period so that you can successfully bring it back to bloom.
The heart of the book is a unique plant guide with sumptuous full-color photographs that focus on the whole plant-leaves, stems, roots, and overall carriage. Entries include exhaustive details on each plant's particular needs.
About the Author
Elvin McDonald is not only a garden writer and editor, but also one of the foremost horticultural authorities in America. He has authored more than 50 books, served as editorial consultant on Smith and Hawken's Outdoor Garden Book and was editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Gardening. He is currently senior staff editor and garden editor of Traditional Home Magazine. Elvin was just inducted into the Garden Writers Association of America's "Hall of Fame." He is the tenth inductee since 1981--and the youngest to date.
Table of Contents
I. A SHORT HISTORY OF A HUGE FAMILY
The Orchid Arrives
A World of Orchids
II. WHAT ARE ORCHIDS?
Terrestrials and Epiphytes
Monopodials vs. Sympodials
Anatomy of Orchids
III. WHAT ORCHIDS NEED AND HOW TO PROVIDE IT
IV. CREATING AN ORCHID GARDEN
V. ORCHID GROWING IS SIMPLE
Potting and Repotting
Hardening Off and Dormancy
Insect and Disease Management
VI. A FIELD GUIDE TO 100 ORCHIDS
North American Mail-Order Sources for Orchids
Glossary of Common Terms
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