Distinguished by a prominent pouchlike sac which resembles a ballroom slipper and often decorated with warts, hairs, or stripes, the flowers of slipper orchids may be ugly or pretty, depending on your point of view. In either case, they are captivating to amateur and professional orchids growers alike and indeed may be the most poplar group of orchids in cultivation. The tropical slipper orchids in cultivation come from two major genera, Paphiopedilum from Southeast Asia and Phragmipedium from Central and South America, and one minor genus, Mexipedium from Mexico. Tens of thousands of hybrids have been made using paphiopedilums and phragmipediums, and each year hundreds more are introduced. All are surrounded by mystique, and all can be grown as houseplants or greenhouse plants. Descriptions of the species are organized into alliances which are of horticultural importance. The five most important species for breeding exciting hybrids are treated in a separate chapter. The last ten
Tropical Orchids is the latest title in Periplus’ series of Nature Guides, which cover diverse subjects of tropical flora and fauna. This volume is a handy field guide that provides an excellent introduction to over 120 exotic orchid species found in Southeast Asia, many unique to the region. Included are full-color photographs of their extraordinarily beautiful blooms and a wealth of expert botanical information. The photographs by David P. Banks, noted authority on tropical orchids, will delight orchid lovers all over the world.
SANDER’S ORCHID GUIDE, CONTAINING ALL THE BEST KNOWN SPECIES, VARIETIES AND HYBRIDS OF ORCHIDS IN CULTIVATION. (SIGNED).
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