The information provided in this book is pertinent to all orchid growing. It is written to address and to explain all the requirements and issues necessary to successfully grow orchids of all kinds. If you have a sincere interest in learning how to stop killing your orchids, and to really start understanding just how to grow them with confidence, this is the book for you. Written in a clear and concise manner it will instruct beginning orchid growers, as well as those with many years experience. It has a proven track record and this second edition rapidly became another BEST SELLER. In PART I (the first half of the book), each of the known species is given a separate page which shows at least one and usually two, life-size, full-color close-up photographs of the flowers. For many species a second page shows the plant in its natural habitat, or it shows illustrations of several variations of flower types for comparison of the range found within the species. Also, detailed information including a description of the habitat, climate and specific cultural comments peculiar to each species is provided. PARTS II & III detail cultural and peripheral information. One full chapter details Watering Techniques, specifically; ...When and How. A chapter on the varieties, types and specifics of the different Potting Media also includes details on how to prepare THE PROVEN MOST SUCCESSFUL MIX for your own that is very long-lasting and works - every time it is used.
CHAPTERS: The critical importance of Air Movement, Light, How to Manage Pests and Diseases, When and How to Divide and Repot, Seed Sowing and Replating, How to Care for Seedling Orchids, Making a Hybrid Cross, Photographing Your Paphiopedilums *(how to take an excellent close-up)* The Importance of Orchid Societies, Importing Paphiopedilums, Collecting Your Own Orchids, Growing in a Greenhouse, Growing In Your Own Home
 *Plus - a detailed and comprehensive chapter about The Disappearing Forests. It is NOT what everyone thinks, ... and few people really understand the realities of life in forests around the world. Also in this chapter, a workable solution is offered, one which can realistically address this unbounded problem of habitat destruction. Each reader can determine for his or herself if this relatively simple plan has merit and is worthy of his support. Everyone should read the last chapter, A Blueprint For Orchid Extinction, which details the fate awaiting all orchids remaining in their habitats. This is NOT what we all had hoped for, but the realities of the current situation are explained in unambiguous details. These engaging plants will ultimately be lost if current laws prevail. *STANDARD EDITION* Birk, Lance A., THE PAPHIOPEDILUM GROWER’S MANUAL, Revised second edition. Published December 2004, Pisang Press, Santa Barbara, California. ISBN 9612826-1-4. Approximately 284 pages, hardbound, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, dust jacket. 283 photo illustrations (232 in full-color), Glossary, Index of the Species, Preface, Introduction. It is a top quality book printed on heavy, 140gsm matte finish art paper, with two silk ribbon markers and sewn, head and tail-bands.

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