Author(s): FROWINE STEVEN A
With their refined beauty and elegant flower form, moth orchids (members of the genus Phalaenopsis) are often referred to as the basic black of the orchid world. In fact, moth orchids are the most popular orchids in the world, accounting for a staggering 75 percent of all orchid plant sales. More than merely beautiful, they are also among the easiest orchids to grow, whether in greenhouses, on windowsills, or under artificial lights, and the individual flowers can last for up to three months in pristine form. These appealing traits make moth orchids the first choice of every orchid fancier, from rank beginners to dyed-in-the-wool fanatics. Most flower lovers are familiar with the elegant white, pink, and striped hybrids, but a revolution in phalaenopsis breeding has resulted in an entirely new, diverse, and wonderful array of flower colors and patterns previously unimaginable. Professional horticulturist and orchid expert Steven A. Frowine, author of "Miniature Orchids" (Timber Press, 2007), focuses on these new stars while also providing a detailed look at the classic hybrids and species.
Readers will be enticed by the book's 365 lavish color photographs and gratified by the wealth of practical advice on selecting and buying moth orchids. Most importantly, Frowine shares his secrets on how these glorious plants can be grown to perfection, with recommendations about light levels, potting media, watering, and feeding. Especially useful are his clearly illustrated step-by-step directions on how to repot, trim, and propagate moth orchids. If you're a novice orchid lover, this book will arm you with all the knowledge you need to enjoy moth orchids' magnificent blossoms in your home. If you're a phalaenopsis fanatic, you'll be thrilled to see just how exciting the world of moth orchids has become.
Easy-to-follow directions. ... This well-illustrated book features 365 photos and 204 pages of useful moth orchid information. -- Robert Haehle South Florida Sun-Sentinel 20081003 Recommended for all orchid people, beginner and experienced, and all public libraries. -- Jenny Seftas Library Journal 20081001 The writing is lucid and easy to read and understand, and the book brings together an enormous amount of scattered information. It will be a useful addition to any general orchid library. ... A good introduction to these popular plants. -- Harold Koopowitz Orchid Digest 20081101 Full of gorgeous photos of an array of colorful flowers, this book is a how-to with practical advice and step-by-step instructions for gardeners as well as a detailed look at species and hybrids. Deseret News 20081214 If you are a novice orchid lover, this book will arm you with all the knowledge you need to enjoy these magnificent blossoms in your home. If you are a phalaenopsis fanatic, you'll be thrilled to see just how exciting the world of moth orchids has become. -- J. Hale Hobby Greenhouse 20090101 This is a very good horticultural guide which we can recommend highly. -- Tim Wing Yam Plant Science Bulletin 20091001
Steven A. Frowine is a professional horticulturist, a consultant to the green industry, an avid gardener, and an active garden writer and speaker. He has tended orchids at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii and at Missouri Botanical Garden, where he managed one of the largest orchid collections in the United States. Steven has written for Fine Gardening and National Gardening, as well as weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Post and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has appeared on national television talk shows including Martha Stewart Living, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Victory Garden, and CBS Morning News. He is a board member of the National Gardening Association and has served on the boards of the Garden Writers of America and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. A much sought-after speaker, Steven is noted for his thorough knowledge, keen sense of humor, and excellent photography.