Growing Fragrant Orchids

By Charlie Nardozzi

Orchids are one of the hottest-selling houseplants. In addition to their beauty, they are easy to grow and they flower for weeks, even months. To top it off, some are wonderfully fragrant. There are more than 20,000 fragrant orchids in the wild. Some have strong spicy aromas, such as cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, and vanilla, while others have a more subtle fragrance. A new book can help you choose the best varieties and grow them successfully at home.

Steve Frowine's Fragrant Orchids (Timber Press, 2005; $29.95) profiles more than 300 varieties of fragrant orchids. The first part of the book discusses the language of scent and the basics of buying and growing orchids. The rest of the book is devoted to detailed growing information about each featured orchid, with color photos and descriptions of fragrance. Charts listing orchids by ease of culture, light preferences, nighttime temperature requirements, intensity of fragrance, and season of bloom ease the decision about which orchid would be best suited to your home or office environment.

For more information on Fragrant Orchids, go to: Timber Press.

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