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Orchids are the largest family of plants in the world. With 30,000 known species, you could acquire a different orchid every day for eighty years and still not grow them all. Back in the realm of reality, readers of this beautiful book can quickly and easily find the orchids that are right for them -- which ones will thrive on a windowsill, which prefer artificial lights, and which need a greenhouse; which are for beginners, which for experts. And you can pinpoint the species within a particular genus that are the best ones to start with. Once you select your orchid, William Cullina''s authoritative guide explains what to do to keep it alive and healthy.
Featuring more than two hundred color photographs, Understanding Orchids covers everything you need to know to grow orchids successfully, whatever your level of interest or experience. With improved tissue-culture techniques making orchids more affordable, and the Internet making them readily available to consumers, growing orchids is more popular than ever: membership in the American Orchid Society has more than doubled in the last fifteen years. This is the book orchid fans have been waiting for.

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Cullina has maintained a personal collection of orchids for decades, and still gets "that spine tingling, toe-tickling feeling of WOW" from an unfamiliar or outstanding specimen. It''s a feeling he''s eager to share with "orchid lovers at every level of expertise, from absolute beginner to experienced grower to expert." He succeeds in addressing such a broad audience by organizing his work into independent modules that can be consulted as needed. The first portion covers basic orchid information: detailed guides to growing them on a windowsill, under lights, in a greenhouse or outdoors, and practical advice on meeting their requirements for light, temperature, humidity and air movement in each of those settings. Cullina then systematically examines orchid culture, with in-depth discussions of watering, fertilization, potting and mounting, and pests and diseases. A brief but fascinating overview of orchid reproduction follows, with directions for hand pollinating, propagating and hybridizing. Finally, Cullina meticulously examines more than 100 of the most popular genera. Happily, a good number of these seductively described plants are rated for beginners (the other skill level ratings are experienced and expert). Cullina, who directs the New England Wild Flower Society, is extremely well versed in his subject and a skilled writer. His lively text, with its clear instructions, will make orchid growing as irresistible to readers as it is to Cullina. 300 color photos.
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With 30,000 species, orchids compose the largest plant family in the world. Cullina''s informative guide, with 300 color photographs, tells what to look for in buying your first orchid. Much of the book is devoted to a list of common orchid genera, detailing more than 100 of the most popular ones. Each entry contains information on where the plant can be grown (at a window, under lights, or in a greenhouse), the level of skill it requires to grow the plant (beginner, experienced, or expert), and lists a good introductory species that would be easy to grow. Cullina, the author of Wildflowers (2000) and Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines (2002), also gives instructions on watering, light, potting, and fertilizing. This extensive guide includes a section on taxonomy and nomenclature and a glossary. George Cohen
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"Cullina . . . is extremely well versed in his subject and a skilled writer. His lively text, with its clear instructions, will make orchid growing as irresistible to readers as it is to Cullina." Publishers Weekly

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WILLIAM CULLINA, for many years the propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society, is the author of four major Houghton Mifflin gardening books. He is an ardent plant curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where he is developing a world-class botanical garden.

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Introduction

Learning to grow orchids and understand their idiosyncrasies is a true journey.
The sheer number of orchid species—estimates range from 25,000 to 35,000 worldwide, not to mention some 40,000 hybrids—means there will always be new plants to explore, new friends to make.
You could start acquiring an orchid a day when you were twenty and still not have grown them all when you turned eighty! No other family of plants offers us inquisitive humans such overwhelming diversity.
Orchids are a world unto themselves, and I think the almost limitless potential for discovery is one key to their phenomenal popularity. Even after twenty years of growing orchids, whenever I see a new one or a particularly well grown specimen, I still get that spine-tingling, toe-tickling feeling of WOW that hooked me in the beginning.
If you are just starting out with orchids, you are in for quite an adventure.

How to Use This Book

My goal is to lead you on that adventure, and because I am writing for orchid lovers at every level of expertise, from absolute beginner to experienced grower to expert, you may find that some parts of the book are not pertinent at this time.
Here’s how the text is organized.

Part One contains all of the information you’ll need to choose a place where your plants will grow well, whether on a windowsill, under lights, in a greenhouse, or outdoors. Here you’ll learn about light, temperature, and humidity, the basics of good orchid culture. I have tried whenever possible to explain concepts in a straightforward way in plain English.
However, I recommend that you become familiar with some of the terms listed in the glossary, which are in bold type the first time they’re used in the text.
After a while, the meaning of words like “pseudobulb” and “velamen” and “footcandle” will become second nature to you.

Part Two, “Care and Feeding,” delves into the topics of watering, potting, fertilizing, and dealing with pests and diseases, as well as troubleshooting when your plants have problems.
All of this information will help you keep your orchids thriving for years to come.

Part Three, “Orchid Reproduction,” covers more specialized topics. Although you don’t have to understand the mechanics of evolution, pollination, and hybridization to grow orchids, these chapters give you more background and context about this amazing family.

Part Four focuses on one hundred of the most commonly grown groups (genera) of tropical orchids, covering in detail the general cultural advice given in Parts One and Two. From Angraecum to Zygopetalum, this section describes each genus, explains which species are easiest for beginners, and includes anecdotes and growing hints that will help you decide which orchids are right for you.

The appendixes at the back of the book contain useful information about botanical terminology, orchid resources on the Web and orchid organizations, and awards. There is also a glossary of terms and a list of books for further reference.
This book is based largely on my own experience, along with that of people who, in person or in print, have been my mentors over the years. I cringe to think about it, but I always learn as much from my mistakes as from my successes. I truly hate to kill an orchid, partly because each one is so darned expensive, but mostly because I probably could have saved it had I known a bit more.With that in mind, I offer here what I have learned, in the hope that you will be able to learn from my mistakes as well as my successes.

No doubt some people will take exception to my advice, for there is more than one way to pot an orchid. Take my words as a guide or a starting point, but, most of all, be observant, patient, and caring, and the orchids will teach you well. Of course I am biased, but I think you will find that there is no more magical, fascinating, and only occasionally frustrating family of plants than the Orchidaceae. I raise my watering can to you and offer this toast: “May your roots be long, your pseudobulbs fat, and your flowers all the colors of the rainbow.”

Copyright © 2004 by William Cullina.
Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Smallzilla007
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Best orchid book for anyone
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2015
Absolutely my favorite, most useful book on orchids. It has helped me go from a beginner orchid grower with about 10 plants to very experienced and knowledgeable, with about 100 + orchids in 2 different locations of my home, one for cool growing, miniature cloud forest... See more
Absolutely my favorite, most useful book on orchids. It has helped me go from a beginner orchid grower with about 10 plants to very experienced and knowledgeable, with about 100 + orchids in 2 different locations of my home, one for cool growing, miniature cloud forest species and the other for larger, warmer and light loving species. Each area has artificial lighting, humidifiers etc, and I owe the majority of my progress and design to this book. It is very well written, perfect for beginners and experienced growers alike. I still refer to this book quite frequently. I now have several books on growing orchids from Masdevallias to Slippers, but this book will continue to be the first I go to for reference on issues from growing to diseases etc. Very highly recommended for anyone infested in orchids
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sparklefly
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Great for beginners & lovely book in general
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
Lovely photos as others have mentioned. I am new to caring for orchids and I needed a book with the basics. I got the basics plus much more! My plants are indoor only, but I plan on hanging them outside soon enough. I like that this book gives an overview of viruses and... See more
Lovely photos as others have mentioned. I am new to caring for orchids and I needed a book with the basics. I got the basics plus much more! My plants are indoor only, but I plan on hanging them outside soon enough. I like that this book gives an overview of viruses and pests.

I had a very sad looking orchid about a month ago, with severely limp leaves, and wasn’t too sure why since I’m a novice. From reading the book, I figured it was either my using tap water, the light source and amount, or I was over or under watering. I switched up my watering method after reading the book and watching some videos. My orchids (all 9 phalenopsis ) are thriving with one watering/a good soak under the tap per week. I do spritz them with a fertilizer and water combo every now and then, but they’re doing great. Two have new budding aerial roots like the pics lol. I’m just surprised and elated that I haven’t killed one of them in the last 8 months! My next goal is to have the plants flower next year.

I recommend the book to those interested as there’s a wealth of info to get you going on the right track!
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Very informative
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2017
This is the only book that has taught me every single thing I was needing to know. Questions answered and more advanced answers for in the future as I hope to dig more in depth. Fantastic index I think this book has a great lay out .Great price. Nice pictures. I keep it... See more
This is the only book that has taught me every single thing I was needing to know. Questions answered and more advanced answers for in the future as I hope to dig more in depth. Fantastic index I think this book has a great lay out .Great price. Nice pictures. I keep it in my near reach ,it will not collect any dust or be placed in a crowded bookshelf ! Under lined , highlighted , dog-eared , well read .Thankful I found it
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Miss Baker
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017
This is my favorite orchid book. I refer to it frequently, mainly for the large section that describes a wide selection of different orchids. If you''re trying to decide whether a particular orchid is right for you, this section tells you what conditions the orchid needs to... See more
This is my favorite orchid book. I refer to it frequently, mainly for the large section that describes a wide selection of different orchids. If you''re trying to decide whether a particular orchid is right for you, this section tells you what conditions the orchid needs to thrive and how demanding or easy it is to grow, along with suggesting a few good types to try. In addition, the sections on different potting media and general discussions about light, water, and fertilizer requirements are very well-written and thorough. And it''s obvious that he''s a big fan of orchids. I''ve bought other orchid guides and borrowed some from the library, but this is the one I turn to time and again. The photos are nice, too.
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wforr900
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One of the best books for beginners or experts
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
I''ve read many, many books about orchid culture over the years and this is truly one of the best. It gives accurate and fairly comprehensive information about growing a large range of orchid species. It is full of high quality images of orchids, which are accurately... See more
I''ve read many, many books about orchid culture over the years and this is truly one of the best. It gives accurate and fairly comprehensive information about growing a large range of orchid species. It is full of high quality images of orchids, which are accurately identified. It covers a range of information about growing orchids, from how to repot and care for orchids to how to grow them from seed, which is likely beyond what most readers are after but which I appreciated nonetheless. Like many orchid culture guidebooks, much of this book is divided into a discussion of different genera. Many books unfortunately give such generalized culture information as to be nearly useless. This is not one of those books. It provides information about the genus in general but also talks about exceptions, species within the genus that benefit from different care. The cultural advice is nearly if not always spot on. The list of good starter species within each genus is helpful for growers who want to try a new genus but aren''t sure which species to try. I appreciate the discussion of the conservation implications of using tree fern as a potting medium. I have never been fond of the harvest of one endangered species to grow another and personally avoid using it. So whether you''ve just brought home your first Phalaenopsis from the grocery or are an experienced grower, this book is an excellent resource.
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Tyler
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Best orchid book on the market! No info on terrestrial orchids.
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
Pros: Has care and culture info for most epiphytic and semi epiphytic orchids. Talks about literally every type of media (even old scraps of rubber tires), watering: what type of water, ph levels, etc. In short, it''s very detailed. Your phal you bought at trader joes is in... See more
Pros: Has care and culture info for most epiphytic and semi epiphytic orchids. Talks about literally every type of media (even old scraps of rubber tires), watering: what type of water, ph levels, etc. In short, it''s very detailed. Your phal you bought at trader joes is in for a good life if you grab a copy of this book.
Cons: my only dislike of the book is that they fail to mention anything about terrestrial orchids, such as, ludisia discolor, macodes petola, or the vanilla orchid. My personal orchid journey is going in that direction and I couldn''t find any info on these orchids.
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Neer NFar
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Nice book! Am not a noob anymore!
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
I got this book from my husband for Christmas and it''s really nice! Lots of photos and info. I belong to an orchid society and many of them know the names (so.many.names.) of the plants and their crosses. This book has a lot of that info along with pictures and... See more
I got this book from my husband for Christmas and it''s really nice! Lots of photos and info. I belong to an orchid society and many of them know the names (so.many.names.) of the plants and their crosses. This book has a lot of that info along with pictures and explanations. SO HELPFUL! I no longer sound like a noob when I''m around them!
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Pat
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Good guide for growing orchids
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019
We''ve recently downsized from a home on a half-acre to a condo. Five guests brought orchids as housewarming gifts, so we needed a good book to assist us in keeping them alive and happy. This book was perfect, with good advice on varieties, ''soil'' needs, how to fertilize and... See more
We''ve recently downsized from a home on a half-acre to a condo. Five guests brought orchids as housewarming gifts, so we needed a good book to assist us in keeping them alive and happy. This book was perfect, with good advice on varieties, ''soil'' needs, how to fertilize and when to repot. Excellent resource. Thanks.
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Richard Escorial
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Must have book for beginning or advanced orchid growers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2013
By far the most comprehensive and clear book on growing orchids that I have come across. William Cullina writes from personal experience in growing orchids in a variety of situations in windowsills, greenhouses and under artificial light. The introductory sections on...See more
By far the most comprehensive and clear book on growing orchids that I have come across. William Cullina writes from personal experience in growing orchids in a variety of situations in windowsills, greenhouses and under artificial light. The introductory sections on specific aspects of orchid cultivation - chapters on light, humidity, air circulation, watering etc. are very complete and easy to follow. The encyclopedia type section on growing particular types of orchids is also excellent. Instead of only nice photos and vague descriptions that I found in so many other orchid books, this section is full of practical tips that would be helpful to both beginners and more advanced orchid growers. Although the book is full of information - it is hardly dry. The author includes many examples from his personal experience.
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Other half loves it as an orchid beginner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2021
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2018
As usual, not as thorough as I expected.
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Perfect. Stops me killing all my plants.
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