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Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants

Cullina, William

Verlag: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004
ISBN 10: 0618263268 / ISBN 13: 9780618263264
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Titel: Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated ...

Verlag: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Acknowledgments v I n t r o d u c t i o n viii How to Use This Book ix Part 1 Setting Up the Orchid Environment 1 G e t t i n g Start e d : Your F i r st O r c h id 2 Buying Your First Orchid 4 What to Look For 4 Orchid Anatomy 6 2 Wher e to Grow Your O r chi d s 9 On the Windowsill 9 Under Artificial Lights 11 In the Greenhouse 18 The Great Outdoors 22 3 L i g h t 23 Day Length, or Photoperiod 25 4 Temperat u r e 27 5 Humidit y a nd A ir Movement 31 Relative Humidity 31 Air Movement 37 Part 2 Care and Feeding Watering Orchids in Pots 41 Watering Mounted Orchids 42 Automatic Watering 44 Watering Plants That Need a Dry Rest 45 Water Quality 46 7 Fe r t i l i z at i o n and N u t r i t i o n 49 Fertilization and Dormancy 52 Fertilization and Flowering 52 Types of Fertilizer 52 8 Pot t i ng an d D i v i d ing 55 Pots and Other Containers 57 Pot Size 59 Mosses, Ferns, Liverworts, and Algae 61 Potting Mixes 63 Dividing Orchids 73 9 Mounting Orch ids o n P l aq u e s a n d Branch e s 79 Mounting Procedure 82 Attaching the Orchid 84 1 0 P e st s a n d D i s e a s e s 87 Orchid Pests 88 Orchid Diseases 91 Organic and Biological Pest and Disease Controls 93 Viruses 95 1 1 Troubleshoot i n g G u ide 97 Part 3 Orchid Reproduction 1 2 R e p r o d u c t i o n in th e Wi l d 102 1 3 Hand P o l l inat i o n and C a r e o f S e e d l ings 109 Hand-Pollinating 109 Flasking 111 Unflasking and Caring for Seedlings 113 1 4 H y b r i d i z at i o n 115 Part 4 Common Orchid Genera from A to Z Introduction 129 Appendi x e s 228 1 Taxonomy and Nomenclature 230 2 Orchids on the Web and Orchid Organizations 234 3 Judging and Showing Orchids 236 G l o s sary 241 B i b l i o g r a p hy 246 Photo C r e d i t s 248 I n dex 250. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0618263268

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Inhaltsangabe: Orchids are the largest family of plants in the world. With 30,000 known species, you could acquire a different orchid every day for eighty years and still not grow them all. Back in the realm of reality, readers of this beautiful book can quickly and easily find the orchids that are right for them -- which ones will thrive on a windowsill, which prefer artificial lights, and which need a greenhouse; which are for beginners, which for experts. And you can pinpoint the species within a particular genus that are the best ones to start with. Once you select your orchid, William Cullina's authoritative guide explains what to do to keep it alive and healthy.
Featuring more than two hundred color photographs, Understanding Orchids covers everything you need to know to grow orchids successfully, whatever your level of interest or experience. With improved tissue-culture techniques making orchids more affordable, and the Internet making them readily available to consumers, growing orchids is more popular than ever: membership in the American Orchid Society has more than doubled in the last fifteen years. This is the book orchid fans have been waiting for.

Über den Autor: WILLIAM CULLINA, for many years the propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society, is the author of four major Houghton Mifflin gardening books. He is currently plant and arden curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where he is developing a world-class botanical garden.

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