“Growing Orchids: Successful Gardening Indoors and Out” Book Review
Summary: I’ve always enjoyed orchids, and have received a few over the years as housewarming or birthday gifts. I love their gorgeous blooms, and have some mild success in getting a few to re-bloom. I didn’t really know how or why, though. I have to confess I’ve thrown a few out in frustration when they appeared shriveled with no blossoms month after month.
So, I was glad to finally learn more about these beauties. “Growing Orchids” is a great book for anyone seeking to discover the world of orchids. You’ll come away from reading this book with a better understanding of orchids in general, how to care for them, and maybe inspired to try out a new variety!
Genre: History, Care Of, Informational, Detailed
Gardening Experience Level: Beginner through intermediate level
Author: Brian & Wilma Rittershausen
Publisher: Hermes House
Date of Publishing: 2011
Format: Soft Cover
Content: This very thorough book on orchids begins with the World of Orchids: Why grow them, Orchids in the Wild; History; and Botany. You’ll learn quite a bit about how they were introduced and why they became so popular over the past centuries. Next up are chapters on where to grow them. Most of us do so indoors, but in certain areas, or certain seasons, you can grow them successfully outdoors. Who knew? The authors continue with great advice on the Care & Cultivation of Orchids and outline all of the basic care steps, including light requirements, fertilizing, repotting and more. This section alone warranted purchasing and reading this book. It’s really not as difficult to take care of orchids as most of us think, so no need to be intimidated now!
Lastly, the authors share over 100+ pages of orchid variety photos and descriptions, from Popular Orchids, to Specialists, to Temperate Terrestrial Orchids. You’ll finish up this excellent guide book inspired to try a new variety or two soon!
Photos: Lots and lots of gorgeous color photos of orchids!
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