Orchids For Dummies

 

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Orchids For Dummies
®
Published by
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
111 River St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
www.wiley.com
Copyright © 2005 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Published simultaneously in Canada
 
ISBN: 0-7645-6759-4
 
 
 
 
About the Authors
Steven A. Frowine
first started growing orchids under lights when
he was in high school. Since then, his love and sometimes obses-
sion for orchids has continued to grow. He has tended orchids pro-
fessionally as a horticulturist, when he worked in Hawaii at the
National Tropical Botanical Garden and at Missouri Botanical
Garden, where he was Chairman of Indoor Horticulture and man-
aged one of the largest orchid collections in the United States —
over 10,000 plants. Steve’s greatest pleasure from orchids, though,
has been growing them in his own home under lights and in win-
dowsills, which he has done now for over 40 years.
Steve has a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture from Ohio State University
and Cornell, respectively. He has had a long and rich career working
as a professional horticulturist for premier botanical gardens in the
United States and as an executive at top horticultural businesses
including W. Atlee Burpee Company, White Flower Farm, and
International Gardening Products. Steve is sought out as a lecturer
and has delivered hundreds of lectures throughout the country. His
presentations are noted for his excellent photography, his knowl-
edge of the subject, and his sense of humor. He has appeared on
various national TV shows and writes extensively, authoring many
articles for horticultural trade and consumer magazines. His
second book,
Fragrant Orchids,
will be released in the fall of 2005.
Steve is now president of his own horticultural consulting firm,
where he works with various horticultural companies on marketing
and public-relations issues.
The
National Gardening Association
(NGA), founded in 1972, is a
national not-for-profit leader in plant-based education. Its mission is
to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to
renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants,
and the environment. For more information on the National
Gardening Association, visit its Web site at
www.garden.org
 
 
 
 
Contents at a Glance
Introduction ......................................................1
Part I: Welcoming Orchids into Your Life ............7
Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on Orchids ........................................9
Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Orchid for You ....................................23
Chapter 3: Having the Right Tools on Hand .........................................33
Chapter 4: How I Love Thy Orchid: Enjoying the Orchid’s Beauty ....47
Part II: The Basics of Orchid Parenthood ...........57
Chapter 5: Providing the Right Growing Environment .......................59
Chapter 6: Watering and Fertilizing Orchids ........................................77
Chapter 7: The ABCs of Potting Materials, Containers, and
Repotting ............................................................................................91
Chapter 8: Two, Four, Six, Eight, Let Your Orchids Propagate:
Multiplying Your Orchids ...............................................................103
Chapter 9: Keeping Your Orchids Pest- and Disease-Free ................111
Part III: The Best Orchids for Rookies .............123
Chapter 10: Moth Orchids and Their Relatives: The Best Choice
for Beginners ...................................................................................125
Chapter 11: The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their
Relatives ...........................................................................................147
Chapter 12: Slipper Orchids .................................................................169
Chapter 13: Dancing Ladies: Oncidiums and Their Relatives ..........191
Chapter 14: Significant Others .............................................................213
Part IV: The Part of Tens ................................227
Chapter 15: The Ten (or So) Easiest Orchids to Grow .....................229
Chapter 16: The Ten Most Common Ways Orchids Are Killed ........233
Chapter 17: The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about
Orchids .............................................................................................237
Chapter 18: The Ten Most Common Reasons Why Orchids
Don’t Bloom .....................................................................................243
Appendix: Resources ......................................247
Index.............................................................253
 
 
 
 
 
 
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