Author(s): Chia Tet Fatt & Davod Astley
The Essential Guide to Growing Orchids in the Tropics is the first book on orchid cultivation to be written specifically for growers in tropical countries and to include advice on growing them in tropical lowlands and highlands, wet and dry climates, and in urban environments such as on balconies and indoors. The book will appeal to all types of orchid lovers, as it is structured with two main sections: step-by-step basics for those growing orchids for the first time; and more comprehensive advice for orchid hobbyists and those who wish to learn more about orchid propagation and hybridisation. Also included is a comprehensive listing of the growing requirements of the most popular varieties of orchids found in the tropics. This is invaluable for choosing the right plants for particular locales. The author is among the region's leading orchid scientists; this practical guide to orchid growing is based on scientific research and is written in a down-to-earth style that makes it easy to understand. Easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams for beginners and hobbyists. Tips and tricks to prolong and enhance flowering and produce award-winning orchids. Superbly illustrated with colour photographs of orchids from all parts of the tropical world.
Dr Chia Tet Fatt is a scientist and academic who is actively involved in orchid research and education. He has published many articles on his research and has won international prizes and awards for his orchid discoveries. In 2000 he started an Orchid Hybridisation Programme to teach Singapore school students about growing and hybridising orchids. David Astley is a journalist, broadcaster and photographer who has been involved with tropical horticulture since he started producing television programmes on tropical gardening in northern Australia in the 1970s. He was the editor and co-photographer of The Australian Tropical Gardening Guide in the 1980s and since then has built up a library of tens of thousands of images of tropical plants and landscapes from more than 30 tropical countries right around the globe.