Author(s): RITTERSHAUSEN BRIAN & WILMA
This is a complete guide to orchids and their cultivation. It offers everything you need to know to grow orchids successfully, with step-by-step information on potting and mounting; propagation; feeding, watering and light levels; and dealing with common pests and diseases. It features an easy-to-use directory of more than 200 orchids, with photographs of each one and information on habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. It includes clear, practical advice on growing and displaying orchids indoors, under glass and outdoors. Flamboyant, intriguing, beautiful and exotic, orchids have evolved to become the largest family of plants in the world. This ground-breaking book by two of the world's leading orchid authorities presents everything you need to know to identify, choose and display these delightful flowers successfully. It contains guidance on tools and equipment; feeding and watering; and dealing with pests and diseases. A directory describes and illustrates a wide range of species and hybrids, providing information on habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. With over 600 beautiful photographs, this is the definitive guide to growing and caring for these well-loved plants.
Brian and Wilma Rittershausen came from a family of orchid experts that had a nursery in Devon, England. In 2009 they were awarded the Westonbirt Orchid Medal for outstanding literary achievement, and the nursery has won many gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.