I have long had a love for orchids. One year, I brought back an orchid from a trip to Hawaii to see if I could keep it in New Jersey. Surprisingly it thrived! I loved that plant; it bloomed constantly and the perfume it put out was heavenly. I was offered a copy of Orchids Handbook by Michael Tibbs at no charge for my honest review.
About Orchids Handbook:
Welcome to the Fascinating World of Orchids Growing orchids has never been more popular. Here is everything you always wanted to know about growing and caring for orchids, packed into one fascinating, easy-to-use volume. Orchids Handbook provides the beginner with commonsense advice on getting started with orchids, understanding the basics of orchid biology, caring for orchids in variety of settings (for example in the house, under a shade cloth or in the greenhouse) and mastering techniques for repotting, dividing and growing from seed. The second part of the book offers a comprehensive and well-illustrated plant directory of 40 popular varieties, covering all the major orchid families and their characteristics, with advice on choosing the plant that is right for your climate conditions. This useful handbook also covers pests and diseases and everything you need to know to enter your orchids in competition. Inside Orchids Handbook Practical guide to growing and caring for orchids. Well-illustrated plant directory of 40 orchid species and types. Covers all of the major orchid families. Comprehensive advice on care and cultivation, from getting started to repotting, dividing, growing from seed, and dealing with pests and diseases. How to choose the right orchid for any climate condition and establish a collection. Everything you need to know to enter your orchids in competition.
About the Author:
Michael Tibbs is a distinguished orchid grower and breeder, and the author of several important books on orchids. He lectures widely and is an accredited judge in South Africa and a senior judge with the American Orchid Society. His nursery is in Franschhoek, South Africa, where he specializes in Disa Orchids.
I am not going to tell you that I’ve read this book cover to cover. It’s not that kind of book. I can tell you that I’ve looked through it several times since it arrived. I’ve been thinking for a while that I wanted another orchid so the timing of this books arrival was just about perfect. I now have two phalaenopsis orchids and will do my best to keep them alive – at least I have a great guide to help me.
The book takes the reader through understanding orchids, caring for orchids and the different types of orchids. I am going to reread some of the sections I looked through before now that I have my two babies to care for.
It’s written in a very easy to understand manner and is open to beginners as well as people who have some knowledge. Just think of what a fun gift this book and an orchid plant would make for someone.