Orchids are one of the hottest plants in the United States. They are second only to poinsettias as the most popular potted plant, and they are becoming more widely available. You can find orchids at garden centers, nurseries, box stores, and grocery stores across the country. Even though orchids can bloom for weeks or even months, they have a reputation of being hard to grow.
Orchid expert Steve Frowine has teamed up with NGA to take the mystery out of indoor orchid growing with the new Orchids for Dummies (Wiley, 2005). Frowine is a professional horticulturist who has grown orchids for more than 40 years. In his book he takes you step-by-step through growing these exotic plants. Frowine highlights the easiest orchids to grow indoors; the most fragrant varieties; the correct pots, potting medium, and supplies you'll need; and basic watering, fertilizing, and cultural care. He even covers some of the more unusual orchids to try for those wishing to go a step further.
For more information and to order Orchids for Dummies, go to Wiley Web site at:www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesTitle/productCd-0764567594.html
Article published on March 14, 2005.