Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Sterling Publications; 1st edition (December 31, 1993)
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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After reading Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief" I became absolutely intrigued by orchids and their culture. Of course I wanted to run right out and buy one but I no clue as to what I would do with the darn thing once I got it home! Then, while browsing the shelves of the NY Botanical Garden's giftshop, I came across this book. I was immediately attracted to the simple cover, and the way the info was presented within: clear, easy, non-intimidating language and photos. I bought the book and a week later bought my first orchid... and my 2nd the following week... and my 3rd & 4th two weeks after that! This book put me completely at ease with orchids - obviously! And, though all 4 were cheap Home Depot purchases that I later discovered to have pretty bad root rot, I'm proud to say that 4 years later 1 of those "starter" plants is still with me and thriving.
I purchased this book for a penny! I received it within five business days in more than good condition. The author does a great job of explaining the different species of orchid, in which is very important to know what kind you are planning on growing for their proper care. The book is easy reading, has lots of pictures and drawn diagrams. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in growing orchids, especially for beginners.
This book gives decent advice on growing orchids, but unless you want to get into the genealogy of orchids, it may be a bit overwhelming. However, I can imagine that someone who wants to start and orchid farm or have a section of their house devoted to orchids will find this book very helpful. Not really for casual orchid growers.
The book offers clear and concise information about orchids. The pictures are lovely and yet, informative. They reinforce the information given in the text.
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