From the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a series The New York Times calls a “brilliant collection of gardening books.”
The world-famous Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a renowned collection of international experts, and celebrated orchid photographer Charles Marsden Fitch, combine their talents to give gardeners all the information they need to cultivate the exotic orchid. This unmatched and beautiful handbook covers all the basics in painstaking detail, from propagation and potting to watering and fertilizing to setting temperatures and light. There’s advice on overcoming common beginner’s pitfalls, creating an orchid collection, growing under lights, and control of common pests.
The Gardener’s Guide to Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids exposes the best kept secret in the gardening world by introducing the reader to many hardy perennial orchids that can be grown almost anywhere in the US including Alaska with a little care and preparation.
Many beautiful color photographs are included to tantalize the reader and peak their interest in these beautiful plants. Also, many color illustrations are used to demonstrate bed preparation, planting and other cultural practices.
The author divides the discussion into three groups of species – Upland, Transition, and Wetland. Within each group, selected species are discussed in detail with a strong focus on a non-technical presentation of the necessary cultural requirements for these species to survive and thrive in most any garden setting.
Some of the principles that are emphasized include:
? Hardy orchids survive and thrive in temperate and more frigid climates. In fact, some actually require temperatures at or well below freezing for several months each year to maintain proper growth, much like tulips or daffodils.
? The most important requirement for growing this kind of orchid is good soil drainage, which in most cases requires excavation and the addition of premixed soil in a raised bed. Sand or Perlite are key ingredients to achieving good drainage.
? Orchids in general have low nutrient requirements, and do not tolerate lots of fertilizer. In fact, the addition of a good leaf or bark compost to the soil mix usually supplies all the nutrients an orchid needs.
The author stresses that while these requirements are relatively easy for most gardeners, terrestrial orchids can not be planted just anywhere and expected to grow. To be successful, it’s absolutely necessary to plan ahead and prepare a site to meet the specific requirements of a species.
Learn how to grow Bletilla(Chinese Hardy Orchids), Cypripedium(Lady’s Slipper), Spiranthes (Ladies Tresses), and more hardy orchids
This is the first book devoted solely to bulbophyllums, a very diverse group of orchids comprising the largest genus in the orchid family; it is an introductory guide for amateur and advanced orchid growers. The author focuses on those species likely to be cultivated, including 375 Bulbophyllum species and 170 related species and hybrids; she gives practical suggestions on how best to grow each plant in cultivation.
A practical guide, packed with advice on different types of orchids, including buying orchids, feeding, propogating and dealing with any problems. There are also two A-Z sections on the different species of orchid and bromeliad, with colour photographs for each entry and a summary.
This text aims to dispel the mystery surrounding the cultivation of orchids. It clearly describes modern methods of cultivation for numerous orchids and their hybrids including a selection which can be grown without special equipment.
Taylor’s Guide to Orchids: More Than 300 Orchids, Photographed and Described, for Beginning to Expert Gardeners (Taylor’s Guides)
With invaluable advice on where and how to care for your orchids, this is a beautiful gardener’s guide to all the main orchids, with over 300 specially commissioned illustrations.