Orchids are an amazing, addicting, and very rewarding hobby. They're beautiful, exotic, and oftentimes misunderstood. But once you get into the fascinating world of orchids, it's hard to get out. After all, where else can you find certain species that can survive up to 100 years?
With 25,000 dizzying species, you have a lot to choose from. Learn more about these fascinating plants from these highly recommended books.
THE SLIPPER ORCHIDS - Cash
An authoritative scientific survey of the Paphs, Phrags and Cyps; 225 spectacular color photos. (228 pgs.)
GROWING ORCHIDS UNDER LIGHTS - American Orchid Society / Fitch
Comprehensive coverage on how to grow without windows (76 pgs.)
An Introduction to Orchids: A Guide to the Growing and Breeding of Orchids/SFOS
A South Florida Orchid Society Publication for the beginner; valuable charts and diagrams and beautiful full-color photos (104 pgs.)
Growing Orchids: A Cultural Handbook Prepared by the American Orchid Society
A cultural handbook and introduction to the major genera. 1993 revised edition. (136 pgs.)
ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ORCHIDS - pridgeon
An excellent comprehensive reference book on the orchids of the world. Includes almost 300 genera and over 1100 species. 1000 color photographs. Hardbound. (306 pgs.)
ORCHID CULTURE UNDER LIGHTS - Peterson
18 page sypnosis published by the Indoor Gardening Association of America
ORCHID PESTS & DISEASES - American Orchid Society
2002 revised edition (124 pgs.) - illustrated guide on how to recognize and control bacteria, fungi, viruses, insects, mites, etc.
ORCHID PHOTOGRAPHY - American Orchid Society (Fitch)
The country's most renowed orchid photographer guide share his secrets on the best ways to preserve your blooms forever on film (96 pgs.)
ORCHIDS SIMPLIFIED - Jaworski
A clearly written and lavishly photographed guide designed to enlighten and inspire the beginner (148pgs).
YOU CAN GROW CATTLEYA ORCHIDS - Noble
A hobby grower's guide to growing and blooming the cattleya alliance (100pgs).
YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS - Noble
A hobby grower's general guide to orchids and their culture (128 pgs).
YOUR FIRST ORCHIDS & How to Grow Them - Oregon Orchid Society
For the beginner. Excellent information written by several experts in their respective fields. Great Value! (96pgs).
EXOTIC HOUSE PLANT - Graf
Excellent "mini-cyclopedia" of over 1200 house plant. B&W reference photos. Hardcover (178pgs).
HOUSE PLANTS & INDOOR LANDSCAPING - Orans
248 full-color photographs of foliage and flowering plants. Indexed by light requirements (80pgs).
LEARN TO GROW UNDER FLUORESCENT LIGHTS - Morrison
24 page synopsis published by the Indoor Gardening Society Of America
The Orchid Paintings of Franz Bauer
160 pages, hardcover. Color reproductions by the renowned Kew Draughtsman.