Growing Hardy Orchids

Growing Hardy Orchids
Author: 
Philip Seaton, Phillip Cribb, Margaret Ramsey, and John Haggar
Publisher: 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–842–46175–4

paper, 128 pp., $20.00

This is a well-illustrated and authoritative text claims that many spectacular orchids could be grown in cool greenhouses because they originate in temperate climates around the world, and those from tropical areas grow at higher elevations.

Orchids are one of the largest plant families, with 25,000 species in 850 genera. Many of the orchids described in this book are little known, including Cymbidium and Cypripedium among others. The authors explain quite well the dependence of orchids on fungus for germination. All practical aspects of growing orchids are described, such as seed collecting, growing from seed, buying unique varieties, vegetative propagation, cultivation, pests, diseases, and conservation. While the authors emphasize that the orchids described in thisbook are hardy, outdoor varieties, they may not be suitable everywhere in this country.

— Adele Kleine, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
14
Number: 
3