Orchids forum: Orchid Growing in the Tropics: Reference Books you find valuable

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 10, 2018 8:53 PM CST
I wish this applied to me LOL. But in zone 9A, far from it. I wish I could mount plants outdoors in the crotches of trees, or hang baskets out almost year round. But years ago, when I built my greenhouse and had a blank slate, I visited a lot of places and looked at tropical houses in places like the National Botanical Gardens in Washington, Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Fairchild Gardens in Miami, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Key West..... any place we visited that had a botanical garden with a tropical house, or plants growing in natural situations, I looked it over to mine ideas. In September of 2003 my own tropical house was completed and I started to fill it with the things I had most loved in the places I had visited. A few years later, a friend suggested I buy a book called 'Orchid Growing in the Tropics'. It was all about how orchid plants are grown 'au natural' in places like Southeast Asia/Thailand, and had a lot of great photos and ideas that I lusted after. I learned how to plant my Vanda Miss Joachim and epidendrums actually in the ground by digging a hole, partially filling it with orchid bark, putting the orchids in, and filling in the bark, then attaching the plants to a totem and allowing them to climb. This is a common way that Vandaceous orchids are grown and propagated there for sale. I also learned that I love the falling and draping orchids that have long sprays of flowers...dendrochilum, oncidium, some dendrobiums....and how to mount plants to things that try and give a natural look like a piece of driftwood on the ground. This led to a lot of experiments on my part, some of which were successful and some which were not. But this little book was very valuable to me and I have always kept my copy, as it is out of print now. Do you have any books that you would recommend? These are some of the ideas for growing plants I got from my book
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Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 11, 2018 10:26 AM CST

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I don't have the name of a specific book regarding Orchid culture, but I like to read about Orchids from a different angle at times.
Rumphius comes to mind, the name of this small book is "Rumphius' Orchids" and it is a gem to read. ( Rumphius should come with a warning label, he was a very interesting person. The Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet is worth looking into...)
Orchid Fever/Eric Hansen is another fun read.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 11, 2018 12:25 PM CST
This is one trick I learned from my little reference book...My Vanda Miss Joaquim climbs up 12 feet from the ground on this totem, which it shares with Philodendron White Wizard, Anthurium scandens and Monstera friedrichsthalii. I have this vanda going up at least 6 totems in this manner. There is also a handing vanda in a slat basket whose roots have affixed to the totem
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Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid hobbyist/Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Dahlias Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Nov 11, 2018 5:19 PM CST
I have numerous orchid volumes but all are genera specific. One for Paphiopedilums, Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Bulbophyllums and so on. But my favorite research tool is the Orchid Wiz.
It is extremely helpful in giving me a general idea of what species orchids like in their native habitats. Some things you can ascertain is light, rainfall, temperature, humidity, and substrate. It can be useful in researching the cultural needs of primary hybrids.
Lastly I rely on experience. I observe my plants and understand what they are telling me. I put great value in a root system. A good healthy root system is so important when it comes to happy plants.
“The only stupid question is the one that is never asked!”
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 11, 2018 6:52 PM CST

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...and, if one ever is so inclined, observing Orchids in their native habitat is most helpful! I have been super lucky to do so. I will never forget that Trichopilia high up in a tree at the bottom of Machu Picchu or Phrag bessae on a cliff in Ecuador, constantly bathed in spring water.
But there are other ways - I would check out my Orchid at Orchidspecies.com and then add the daily weather report of that specific region to my line up at weather.com. ( or the weather app nowadays) For years I was looking at Chiang Mai/Thailand to check the daily temperature and the start of the rainy season, so I knew when to start flooding my Den parishii.
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid hobbyist/Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Dahlias Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Nov 14, 2018 7:10 AM CST
Here is a recommendation for an orchid research volume:
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This is Botanica's Orchids with over 1,200 species described!! Both in photographs and in written descriptions. Published by Laurel Glen, I got my copy from Amazon books for $11!!!! That's right, eleven dollars. It was a like new purchase. They have many volumes available from like six or eight dollars on up.
It is just full of species information with a little on today's hybrids. But if you purchase a new species say Cattleya aclandiae, this will tell you just what conditions it prefers!
“The only stupid question is the one that is never asked!”
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid hobbyist/Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Dahlias Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Nov 14, 2018 7:14 AM CST
This is a smallish, soft covered volume that I guarantee you will find it to be worth its weight in gold!! I guarantee it so much that I give you the BigBill personal money back guarantee, "if you buy it and don't like it, send it to me and I'll refund the purchase price!" Where can you get a deal like that??? I doubt that I'll write a single check! So you crazy orchid nuts have nothing to lose!!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
Enjoy my friends, enjoy!! I tip my hat to you.
“The only stupid question is the one that is never asked!”
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 15, 2018 6:25 PM CST
I really enjoyed 'Florida Orchid Growing, month by month' by Martin Motes and still refer to it quite often for tips on treating bugs and diseases. He has a separate volume on growing Vandas that was given to me as a gift, and it's handy too but I don't have very many Vandas so I don't use that one nearly as often.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid hobbyist/Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Dahlias Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Nov 15, 2018 6:32 PM CST
I think that you and Lindsey should write a book on growing orchids. Period.
I know that I would buy one! Thumbs up Hurray!
“The only stupid question is the one that is never asked!”
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 15, 2018 6:36 PM CST
That would be fun, and we'd have lots of Lindsey's fantastic pictures in it, too. Worth the price just for the pictures. I'm not bad at writing the bafflegab.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
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sugarcane
Nov 15, 2018 8:13 PM CST
I'm with the " a picture is worth a thousand words" group.
My house is so small that there is no room for a book, well a couple..but they do double duty as cocktail coasters. Whistling
lindsey
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2018 6:50 AM CST
My husband has this strange affinity for table top 'art' books. Thankfully most end up going home with our daughter as art reference for her classes at Ringling LOL. The rest serve well as coasters
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Nov 16, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Lindsey, Your house can't be as small as my 12' X 52' mobile home, and I have books on every flat surface. That's why I don't do houseplants or watch TV. It's a matter of choice.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
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sugarcane
Nov 16, 2018 3:11 PM CST
Carol..I moved from a 3,000SF house to this 1000SF house and came with WAY too much furniture and wall objects...I have found that anything set on a flat surface catches the giant tumbleweeds of Labrador Retriever hair. It's better to keep the flat surfaces clear so when the door opens and the breeze comes in, the tumbleweeds roll to the floor where I can rake them into a pile in the kitchen or hall. Rolling on the floor laughing
lindsey
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Nov 16, 2018 4:04 PM CST
I forgot you had big dogs! I had a cat when I moved in here 30+ years ago. I think it was about ten years, new carpet, and new drapes to stop finding cat hair.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
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sugarcane
Nov 16, 2018 7:22 PM CST
yup...and I would rather do almost anything than clean my house.
lindsey

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