Best Orchid Books

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).

You Can Grow Orchids
By Mary Noble

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).


HOUSE PLANTS - A-Z - Sunset

How To choose, grow, and display them. Color photography (112pgs). 


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.