This inspirational book from Kew's orchid experts reveals the easiest, most attractive and most popular plants to grow today.
Orchids come from the second largest plant family (with 28,000 members) and have a reputation for diversity and trickiness - but expert Philip Seaton chooses 60 of the best species to become permanent and happy members of your home.
Through a combination of 12 projects and easy to follow practical advice he shows how to welcome new plants, to revive their flagging spirits as well as their basic care and cultivation. He shows how to produce and train flowers, to collect and sow their seed, and how to plant and display them in a terrarium, or on bark or in a basket.
Find out when to water them, how to repot them and the ideal room and conditions that each orchid needs to thrive. The combination of botanical beauty and practical advice will inspire beginners and experienced growers to grow new species in many different ways.
This book is from the Kew Experts series, in which the top gardeners and botanical scientists from Royal Botanic Kew Gardens offer up advice and information as well as suggesting handy projects on a range of gardening topics. Other titles include: Companion to Medicinal Plants, Guide to Growing Bulbs, Guide to Growing Fruit, Guide to Growing Herbs, Guide to Growing Roses, Guide to Growing Succulents and Cacti, Guide to Growing Trees, Guide to Growing Vegetables and Guide to Growing House Plants.
About the Author
Philip Seaton is an expert orchid grower, conservationist and lecturer and author of three books on the subject with Kew publishing. He is Secretary of the Orchid Specialist Group (OSG) and an honorary Research Assistant at Kew. At Kidderminster College, Philip lectures on seed growing techniques both in the UK and Latin America, and has co-authored landmark scientific papers on the subject.
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