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Happy Orchid
By (author): Sara Rittershausen
9781465477019 Hardcover English General Trade GARDENING / Flowers / Orchids Apr 16, 2019
$18.99 CAD
Active 6.19 x 7.88 x 0.76 in 144 pages DK
Proud new owner of a gorgeous orchid? Learn the essentials of buying orchids, orchid care, and how to keep it flowering beautifully year after year with this bite-size beginner’s guide.

Did you know that many orchids hate being in direct sunlight? Or that most orchids have a crucial dormant period when their care needs change?

Happy Orchid dispels the myths around how to care for orchids, starting with a simple, step-by-step introduction that demonstrates all the essential growing techniques, including how to plant, what food to give them—orchids are fussy eaters!—and how to water and maintain humidity.

Then discover more than 120 illustrated profiles of the most desirable orchids to grow: graceful Phalaenopsis, delicate Dendrobium, spectacular Cymbidium, and many more varieties. Each orchid profile lets you know exactly what it needs for optimum growth, including the best spot for them, how often they need repotting, and how to prolong flowering and encourage reflowering.

With this book as your guide, you will quickly become an expert on how to grow orchids and be inspired to fill your home with these striking, colorful beauties.

Orchids are the most popular flowering indoor plants in the US (source: USDA).

The book has a fun, quirky, accessible style designed to appeal to the key orchid-buying demographic of women in their 20s and 30s living in rented accommodations, but is also authoritative enough to appeal to the older generation of 55+.

In-depth profiles of the most popular varieties include tips on the best spot for them; how to water, feed, and help flower; and how often to repot.

Profiles include vital statistics on growth habit, size, and botanical features.

Opening chapter covers general care and features illustrated step-by-step how-tos on choosing the right growing location, planting, watering and feeding, repotting, pruning flowering stems and roots, and propagating by division and from offsets (back-bulbs and miniature clones).

Feature spreads provide creative ideas for how to display orchids, whether single plants (for example, mounted on a tree branch), several plants (for example, grouped in a terrarium), or plants with downward-growing flowers that benefit from being shown in a hanging display (for example, in kokedama moss balls).

Includes an illustrated “find your orchid” directory.

Sara Rittershausen runs the top orchid nursery in the UK, Burnham Nurseries in Devon, which was started by her grandfather. Sara has played a role in several orchid books, is a Royal Horticultural Society Orchid judge on the orchid committee, is president of the Devon Orchid Society, and has been involved in many of Burnham Nurseries’ Gold-Medal exhibits, including at the Chelsea Flower Show and other RHS shows through the years. At the London Orchid Show in 2018, Burnham Nurseries won a gold medal for its display—the seventh year in a row.

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