Book Review & Competition – Growing Orchids at Home

Book Review: Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care

Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care
Authors: Manos Kanellos and Peter White
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
ISBN: 9781842467183

Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care by Manos Kanellos and Peter White
is published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Orchid growing is a wonderful hobby!  You don’t need a garden or lots of space to grow orchids; a wide range of orchid species can be grown inside our homes.  If you’re a beginner orchid grower, keen to improve the health of your plants and learn more about orchids, then you might be interested in getting a copy of Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care by Manos Kanellos and Peter White.

This is an easy to digest book that’s written in a simple and straightforward manner, without any communication barriers caused by complex sounding technical terms.  The authors open by welcoming us into the world of orchids; they briefly explain how orchids grow and inform us of the locations where these fascinating plants live in the wild.  Orchids’ journey to prominence is recounted, as the authors describe the essential history of orchid growing and reveal how orchids became our most popular houseplants.

Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care would make a super gift for anyone who has an interest in orchids or houseplants.

The authors move on to describe how the mammoth quantities of orchids that are destined for the retail trade and sold in our garden centres and nurseries are propagated.  If you’ve been tempted to purchase a beautiful orchid at your local garden centre or florist but were unsure how to look after your plant; throughout this book you’ll find tips to help you care for a wide range of orchids, with guidance to help you grow long-lived, healthy, and floriferous plants.

Readers will find information and advice on the position, placement, room temperature, lighting, watering, and feeding, for the most commonly found orchid species available in our UK garden centres, florists, and supermarkets.  By accurately correlating the conditions in a particular area of your home to the necessary growing conditions for the various orchids listed in this book, you’ll be able to find ideas of the types of orchids that can be grown successfully in your specific growing conditions.

Throughout Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care, there are helpful pictures that provide clearer identification to give readers confidence in identifying and rectifying any problems with their orchids.

Inside Growing Orchids at Home readers will find a series of photographs which demonstrate how to repot Cambrias, Cymbidiums, Phalaenopsis, and Vanda orchids.  These step-by-step photographs are clear, concise, and easy to follow; if you’ve been delaying re-potting your orchids, this book will give you the guidance you need to successfully re-pot your plants.

Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care is full of information to help beginner orchid growers provide their plants with the ideal growing conditions.

The authors provide lots of useful tips to help their readers identify the healthiest orchids and the strongest plants offered by their local garden centres.  The authors highlight the characteristics of many different orchid species and inform their readers of what features to look for in a healthy plant; as well as elaborating on the signs to look for in orchids that are struggling or suffering.

Growing Orchids at Home includes tips for growing the most popular orchids found in supermarkets and garden centres, including: Cambrias, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Vandas, Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums, Zygopetalums, Masdevallias, and Ludisias.

Here’s a look at the ‘Orchid Clinic’ chapter, inside Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care by Manos Kanellos and Peter White. This chapter shows orchids in various stages of distress caused by over watering, under watering, incorrect lighting, as well as orchids that need re-potting and orchids that are suffering due to being grown in rooms with adverse temperatures, insufficient humidity and intense slighting. The authors give guidance on how to resolve each of these issues and return the orchids to better health.

Growing Orchids at Home provides a section on pests and diseases and there’s a very useful ‘Orchid Clinic’ chapter.  In this section of the book, readers can peruse photographs of orchids suffering for various ailments.  For each plant shown, the authors explain what is negatively impacting the orchid’s growth and give directions on what readers could do to improve the health of any plants suffering with the same afflictions.  I think this section of the book would be of particular interest to anyone who has ever grown orchids.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who is new to orchid growing, Growing Orchids at Home would make the perfect present!  Orchids can bring life and colour to our homes.  If you want to improve the ambiance of your home by growing orchids as houseplants, but you’re not certain where to start, Growing Orchids at Home will help you identify which orchids would be suited to your environment and provide excellent guidance on how to care for your plants.

Competition: Win a copy of Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care by Manos Kanellos and Peter White!

Author, Manos Kanellos has kindly offered to give away five copies of Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care by Manos Kanellos and Peter White to Pumpkin Beth readers.  To enter: comment on my Facebook post here, you can also enter on Twitter by re-tweeting this tweet, and enter on Instagram by commenting on this picture.  Every reader is welcome to enter via all three social media platforms if you wish; however, it’s strictly one entry person for each social media channel.  The five winners will be chosen by a random number generator.  Each winner will receive one copy of the book; books will be posted to the winners.  NB. I will contact the winners to ask for their addresses – there’s no need to post your address or any personal details on social media.  Please note, this competition is only open to UK residents.  The closing date is the 31st January 2021.  Thank you to Manos Kanellos for his kindness in donating these lovely books!

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Growing Orchids at Home: The Beginner’s Guide to Orchid Care by Manos Kanellos and Peter White
is published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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