Easy orchids

Liz Johnson

Book - 2005

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Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books 2005.
1st ed
Item Description
"The fail-safe guide to growing orchids indoors"--Cover.
Includes index.
Main Author
Liz Johnson (-)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This utilitarian manual to orchids as houseplants succeeds admirably in its aim to provide a practical, concise, easy-to-use guide that is suitable for those with little or no experience of growing orchids. Johnson, owner of McBean's Orchids in Essex, England, a company that's been growing orchids since 1879, instructs readers on how to choose the right orchid for their home (taking into account temperature, light and humidity) and explores options for procuring the right orchid. Detailed advice on feeding, watering and repotting, as well as tips for dealing with pests and diseases further increase readers' chances of successfully growing these lovely but temperamental plants. Johnson moves on to giving hints for displaying orchids and addresses common concerns and simple solutions. Finally, she presents a substantial directory, which profiles hundreds of different kinds of orchids all capable of being grown in the average home by novice growers and provides instructions for meeting the individual needs of each species. Artful photos of vibrant orchids in bloom soften the writing's textbook-like tone. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review

The ever-increasing popularity of orchid growing has resulted in a spate of how-to books for beginners. This illustrated A-to-Z guide, by the owner of the renowned British nursery McBean's Orchids, features 85 orchid varieties recommended for indoor cultivation. As the focus is on plants that are "widely available" in U.K. nurseries, American readers will have a difficult time locating the featured plants not readily obtainable in the United States. Similarly, the appendix of "useful addresses" will be largely irrelevant to U.S. readers. The horticultural information (e.g., temperature, watering, feeding, after-bloom care) provided for each plant, though intended for the novice, is simplistically generic. The most useful part of this directory is the chapter on displaying orchids in the home environment. Recommended only as a supplement to more comprehensive beginner guides for American readers, such as the recently published Complete Guide to Orchids.-Brian Lym, City Coll. of San Francisco Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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