Orchids forum: Best Orchid book

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Name: Mike S
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JMS54
Jun 5, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Hi everyone...I was wondering what is the best orchid book out on the market now? I just want to get one to add to my library. I seen some on Amazon and all of them have mixed reviews. Any help would be great. Thank you Mike
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Name: Ted
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Ted5310
Jun 5, 2016 6:58 PM CST
I think you need to decide on a topic or if you are looking for a reference guide. My best reference books are Taylors Guide to Orchids and Botanica's Orchids.
For learning, Northers's Orchids as House plants is good. And for me Steven A. Frowine has a book I use called Fragrant Orchids. If you join the AOS, they have a Your First Orchid Booklet and then there is John Tullocks Growing Hardy Orchids
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 5, 2016 7:57 PM CST
I know you're not in Florida, Mike, but the book I've learned the most from is Martin Motes' "Florida Orchid Growing, Month by Month". Except for your winters, which get colder than ours I think your climate is still pretty similar.

Most of the basic care information would apply to you up there in Georgia, too. His chapters on fertilization, diseases and treatments and bugs etc. are excellent.

Have you watched the video that's on the top of our Orchids forum menu? Great advice on watering that also applies to most places with high humidity, not just Florida.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jun 5, 2016 8:05 PM CST
There is no question in my mind that the most helpful and necessary book for an orchid grower is "Orchid Pests and Diseases" from the American Orchid Society. I have about worn mine out and need to buy another one.

Jim
Name: Mike S
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JMS54
Jun 5, 2016 8:43 PM CST
Thank you everyone.

Elaine..I am going to watch the video...the first chance I get and the Fla. Orchid Growing Month by Month...I had seen on Amazon and was thinking about it. Our weather is just about the same and our winters are a little colder than you guys. Plus we have to deal with freezing rain, sleet and some times snow....ugh!

Jim....I heard that was a great book also.

Again, Thank you everyone.

PS...I just ordered both of these books off of Amazon.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jun 6, 2016 7:35 AM CST

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One of my early Orchid books was and still is Home Growing Orchids by Rebecca Tyson Northen.
I had in my hand the other day, thinking of the way she lists the different types of Dendrobiums so Icould perhaps add that to the Names Game thread. It was too complex to add just like that, but I really wished one could just make a quick copy of those pages and post them. I guess, one has to read it it. Smiling Amazon sells some very cheap used copies of the book. It doesn't have the glossy picture look of more modern books, but it still contains a lot of useful information.
Name: Mike S
GEORGIA (Zone 7b)
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JMS54
Jun 9, 2016 12:50 PM CST
Thank you Ursula wi; check into that one also. When I first started I joined the AOS and received the magazine each month. Of course after I lost my first greenhouse I passed them on, should have kept them, great information. I need to re join is what I need to do...lol.
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Name: Paul
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vanozzi
Jun 14, 2016 5:46 PM CST
G'day Mike (and others).
I realize that you are looking for opinions on orchid books for general culture, so (at the moment) these two invaluable orchid books are not what you are after.
But I must list them as two of the ''best available orchid books on the market now.''

The Genus Cymbidium by David Du Puy and Phillip Cribb
also
Masdevallias Gems Of The Orchid World by Mary E Gerritsen and Ron Parsons
Different latitudes, different attitudes
Name: Mike S
GEORGIA (Zone 7b)
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JMS54
Jun 15, 2016 1:46 AM CST
Hi Vanozzi...I will check on both of the books you mentioned. I collect books also. Subjects of course Orchids and the other is the Napoleonic Wars. I do the Napoleonic wars because I paint wargaming soldiers in 28mm size.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 10, 2016 6:43 AM CST

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Mike continues in his new thread

The thread "Orchid Books" in Orchids forum
Name: Mike S
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JMS54
Aug 10, 2016 8:34 AM CST
Thank you Ursula for combining these two post together. I had forgotten about my original one...lol. Have a great day! Mike
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