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Written by the worlds foremost gardening authority, and jam-packed with the most up-to-date information, the Expert
collections offer techniques, full-color photos throughout, and plenty of thumbnails and diagrams. This brand new entry into the very best gardening series there is focuses on beautiful orchids, plants once only for the wealthy and the skilled, but now available to everyone. With The Orchid Expert
, theyll become permanent members of your family, treasured not only for their flowers, but all year long.
Dr. Hessayon explains it all: what to look for when buying a plant, the secrets of success plant by plant, the way to ensure repeat flowering, increasing your stock, preserving blooms with microwaves, and identifying species the unique Expert way. All sorts of odd and intriguing facts reveal why orchids are so different from the rest of the plant kingdom, and the advice is reliable, easy-to-follow, and comprehensive. A magnificent color picture gallery showcases the most stunning and unusual varieties, many in full-page images. As always, theres an invaluable trouble-shooting section, diagrams to help you identify the flowers, and a glossary.
Orchids were once just for the wealthy and the skilled greenhouse grower, but now they are for everyone.All too often they are thrown away after flowering - The Orchid Expert shows you how to make them permanent members of your family, with information on:
- The way to ensure repeat flowering
- What to look for when buying a plant
- The secrets of success plant by plant
- Orchid identification the unique Expert way
- Increasing your stock the simple way
- Preserving blooms the microwave way
Reliable, easy-to-follow advice and information from EXPERT books - the world's best-selling gardening series
The Orchid Expert
is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world’s best-selling gardening author.
Orchids are the supermodels of the plant world, but how do you look after them? The label is usually not much help. There may be little or no background to what it is or what it needs, and sadly the plants are often thrown away once the flowers have faded.
The Orchid Expert shows you how you can get them to bloom again, and so transform them into permanent members of your home. Unique Expert-style diagrams show you how to put a name to that orchid and also reveal the secrets of successful care. Troubles are clearly illustrated and answered, and the weird and wonderful life story of these fascinating plants is explained. With full-page colour photographs of the beautiful and the unusual, The Orchid Expert wipes away the mystery of these magical flowers.
About the Author
Dr Hessayon is the world’s best-selling horticultural author - his Expert
series of gardening books have sold over 53 million copies. He has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth who created him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to British horticulture. He has been honoured by a leading newspaper which included him in its list of ‘60 Truly Great Elizabethans’ because “he has taught millions of us how to garden with his wonderful do-it-yourself guides”. He has been honoured by Guinness World Records as “the top-selling living author of the 1990s”. He has been honoured at the National British Book Awards with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Expert style is hard to define. According to the Librarian of the Royal Horticultural Society “Dr Hessayon perfected a manner of presentation which has yet to be surpassed for clarity, intelligibility and ease of access”. According to The Times “he invented a formula of clear, uncluttered advice and illustrations with a superbly logical layout”.
There are 21 Expert titles in the series which have been enjoyed by gardeners all round the world. The House Plant Expert has now passed sales of one million copies in both the U.S and Russia.