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Orchids For Dummies

The fun and easy way to grow orchids As anyone who has read Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief or has seen the movie Adaptation knows, orchids inspire a passionate following. And their popularity is rising: according to the USDA, more than 12.7 million orchids were sold in the U.S. last year. Brimming with black-and-white illustrations and eight pages of color photos, this friendly guide introduces would-be orchid fanciers to today's most popular and intriguing orchid varieties and shows step by step how to select healthy plants at a nursery or commercial grower, cultivate them successfully at home, promote blooms, create beautiful orchid displays, and even produce hybrids. Steven Frowine (New Hartford, CT) worked with orchids professionally as a horticulturist at Hawaii's National Tropical Botanical Garden and at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he was chairman of indoor horticulture and oversaw over 10,000 plants.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Welcoming Orchids into Your Life. Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on Orchids. Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Orchid for You. Chapter 3: Having the Right Tools on Hand. Chapter 4: How I Love Thy Orchid: Enjoying the Orchid?s Beauty. Part II: The Basics of Orchid Parenthood. Chapter 5: Providing the Right Growing Environment. Chapter 6: Watering and Fertilizing Orchids. Chapter 7: The ABCs of Potting Materials, Containers, and Repotting. Chapter 8: Two, Four, Six, Eight, Let Your Orchids Propagate: Multiplying Your Orchids. Chapter 9: Keeping Your Orchids Pest- and Disease-Free. Part III: The Best Orchids for Rookies. Chapter 10: Moth Orchids and Their Relatives: The Best Choice for Beginners. Chapter 11: The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their Relatives. Chapter 12: Slipper Orchids. Chapter 13: Dancing Ladies: Oncidiums and Their Relatives. Chapter 14: Significant Others. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 15: The Ten (or So) Easiest Orchids to Grow. Chapter 16: The Ten Most Common Ways Orchids Are Killed. Chapter 17: The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Orchids. Chapter 18: The Ten Most Common Reasons Why Orchids Don?t Bloom. Appendix: Resources. Index.

About the Author

Steven A. Frowine is a professional horticulturalist who grows more than 200 orchids in his Connecticut home. The National Gardening Association (NGA), is a not-for-profit leader in plant education.

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