The beauty and the diversity of orchids that thrive in the tropics are unparalleled. And with the right guidance, these wonders of nature are not at all difficult to grow. In this first book specifically written for orchid-lovers in tropical regions right around the world, you will find a wealth of practical advice on how to achieve healthy, free-flowering orchids with long-lasting blooms. Combining over 200 stunning photographs with the latest in scientific research, this book is an indispensable guide to the wonderful, complex and endlessly rewarding world of orchids.
About the Authors
Dr Chia Tet Fatt is a scientist and researcher actively involved in orchid research and education. He has won numerous international awards for his discoveries. He is the creator of the world’s first bioluminescent orchid – a Dendrobium genetically engineered with the firefly gene to glow in the dark.
David Astley is a journalist, broadcaster and photographer with a long career covering tropical horticulture. In the 1970s he produced television programmes on gardening in northern Australia, before becoming an editor and co-photographer of the Australian Tropical Gardening Guide in the 1980s. Today he is the managing editor and principal photographer of the online magazine, Tropical Gardening.
Table of Contents
Part One: Growing Orchids for Beginners
-Orchid species and hybrids
-Basic anatomy and growth habits
-Parts of the orchid
-Growth habits of orchids
-Nutrition or orchids
-How to select good orchid plants
-Caring for orchids
Part Two: Growing Orchids for Hobbyists
-Orchid nutrition and hygiene
-Cultural needs of orchids
-Orchids in the wild
-Orchid diseases and pests
-Growing from flask seedlings
Part Three: Genera of Tropical Orchids
-Key to growing requirements