The Amazing World of Orchids
Mysterious and alluring, infinitely beautiful and breathtakingly varied, orchids have fired man’s imagination throughout the ages. Found in conditions ranging from deserts to tropical rainforests, they have evolved into one of the most successful and diverse groups on the planet – though their intricate shapes and dazzling colours are now as likely to be found in their thousands in florists and on windowsills throughout the country. Exotic, yet surprisingly simple to grow and care for, orchids have won themselves an ever-increasing army of devoted specialist and amateur growers. This beautiful guide reveals the limitless fascination of orchids, reflecting the romance of their history, illuminating the triumphs of hybridization and providing the key to growing these exciting plants at home.
Every one of the over 150 different orchids featured has been specially photographed to best capture their wondrous individuality. Divided according to their easiness to grow, each striking photograph is accompanied by detailed text on the plant’s characteristics and individual needs. Finally, a section on cultivation provides all the practical, step-by-step advice needed to ensure rewarding results for both the interested beginner and the orchid enthusiast alike.
A practical guide to selection and cultivation
Wilma and Brian Rittershausen
UK Publication 6th March 2009 Hardback, £20.00