A beginner's book for a growing hobby, this covers all the procedures whether you plan to raise orchids in the house or in...

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ORCHIDS FOR HOME AND GARDEN

A beginner's book for a growing hobby, this covers all the procedures whether you plan to raise orchids in the house or in the garden, or even in their own green house. Defining the types and families and how to buy your starter planting (with a look at current prices for different species and qualities), this lines up a basic collection and its care, goes on to dividing and repotting, insects and diseases, and the tricky and expert project of raising orchids from seed. The four groups -- cattleys, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, vanda -- that are cosiest for beginners to grow are described; the epiphytes (air plants), semi-terrestrial and terrestrial varieties have their discussion; production climate- wise (north and south) has its place; botanicals (those not commercialized and therefore exotic or interesting) are not omitted; there is greenhouse building and maintenance, extensive charting of the plants (condensing the previous information) and a glossary. Based on data from the Fennell Orchid Company of Homestead, Fla., this is a thorough going introduction which certainly seems to cover all the important things to learn.

Pub Date: March 29, 1956

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Publisher: Rinehart

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1956