Flamboyant, intriguing, beautiful and exotic, orchids have evolved to become the largest family of plants in the world. This classic book, written by two of the world's leading orchid authorities and now updated, presents everything you need to know to identify, choose and display these delightful flowers successfully. It contains guidance on tools and equipment; feeding and watering; and dealing with pests and diseases. A directory describes and illustrates a wide range of species and hybrids, providing information on habitat, size, flowering time and growing requirements. With over 600 exquisite photographs, this is the definitive guide to growing these well-loved plants.
Brian and Wilma Rittershausen came from a family of orchid experts that had a nursery in Devon, England. In 2009 they were awarded the Westonbirt Orchid Medal for outstanding literary achievement, and the nursery has won many gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.