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Orchid Growing for Wimps: Techniques for the "Wish I Could Do That" Gardener (For Wimps)by Ellen Zachos
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Are you terrified of orchids? Do you worry that these most beautiful and delicate of flowers will be too much for you to handle? Fear no more! Absolute beginners will become absolute experts by the time they're done with chapter after chapter of truly empowering information and entertaining images of "orchid wimps" in action, cultivating their prized plants. Beginners are welcomed reassuringly into the wonderful world of orchids with 16 different non-temperamental, low-maintenance varieties (plus types that are an absolute no-no for newcomers). Basics on light, drainage, temperature, and humidity requirements; advice on repotting, fertilizing, and zapping deadly pests; and recipes for soil (and nonsoil) potting mixtures ensure success. Plus you'll find out which easy-to-care-for species look very much like, and can substitute for, more temperamental ones. At-a-glance charts and frequently asked questions provide quick guidance, and the flowers seem to bloom right on the page in breathtaking color photos. Special projects include planting an orchid box and building an orchid tree that mimics the way these flowers grow in nature. And, finally, for the truly converted orchid cultivator--a wimp no more!--there are lists of clubs, societies, and sources to feed your new passion.
Terrified of orchids? Absolute beginners will become absolute experts once they've mastered this truly empowering information--and enjoyed entertaining images of "orchid wimps" successfully cultivating prized plants. Beginners are welcomed reassuringly to the world of orchids with 16 different low-maintenance varieties (plus types that are an absolute no-no), and basics on care, maintenance, pest control, and soil mixtures. "Plus: there are tips on species to substitute for more temperamental types, at a glance charts, frequently asked questions, and special projects.
"A superb primer on orchid culture. It uses a fully illustrated step-by-step approach and doesn't skimp on relating complete details. There's a (long) chapter showing easy-to-find and easy-to-grow orchids in all their glory, and there's also a (short) chapter warning about "difficult" orchids to avoid. We recommend "Orchid Growing for Wimps to all who are tempted by the seductive charms of orchids."--"Hortideas.
Aimed at the absolute beginner, this guide to growing orchids reveals 16 different low-maintenance varieties, along with basics on care, containers, pest control and soil mixtures. There are also frequently asked questions and special projects.
The author resides in New York, NY.
“A superb primer on orchid culture. It uses a fully illustrated step-by-step approach and doesnt skimp on relating complete details. Theres a chapter showing easy-to-grow orchids in all their glory, and theres also a chapter warning about ‘difficult orchids to avoid. This tome takes you on a visit [to] 16 terrific varieties you can easily handle....Its a fun and rewarding winter exercise.”—Denver Post.
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