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This article gives much information on how to grow slipper orchids and all other orchids with modest light requirements under artificial lights, like Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids) and most miniature orchids.
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Growing Tropical Slipper Orchids Under Lights
This article gives much information on how to grow slipper orchids and all other orchids with modest light requirements under artificial lights, like Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids) and most miniature orchids.



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MOTH ORCHIDS--The Complete Guide to Phalaenopsis
Moth Orchids
The Complete Guide to Phalaenopsis
By Steven A. Frowine

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.



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Orchids for Dummies
Wiley Press
March 2005
ISBN: 0-7645-6759-4
288 pages
US $16.99

As anyone who has read Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief or has seen the movie Adaptation knows, orchids inspire a passionate following. And their popularity is rising: according to the USDA, more than 12.7 million orchids were sold in the U.S. last year. Brimming with black-and-white illustrations and eight pages of color photos, this friendly guide introduces would-be orchid fanciers to today’s most popular and intriguing orchid varieties–and shows step by step how to select healthy plants at a nursery or commercial grower, cultivate them successfully at home, promote blooms, and create beautiful orchid displays.


Miniature Orchids
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Although miniature orchids have been grown and admired for quite some time, they have, until recently, been a very small niche market. This situation has changed rapidly as some of the most popular new orchids today are miniatures. Examples are multi-floral and miniature phalaenopsis (better suited as a pot plant then the standard larger white and pink hybrids); miniature and equitant oncidiums; small growing primary paphiopedilum hybrids, including some of the parvisepalum and the brachypetalum species and hybrids; “minicatts” that are now are in higher demand than their space-hogging full-sized plants; and many different color forms of dwarf dendrobiums like Den. kingianum and other very compact growing selections of Dendrobium phalaenopsis are now coming into the US market. Vandaceous miniatures using ascocentums have always been popular, but now newer hybrids using Neofinetia falcata, and dwarf angraecoids are producing a new range of charming and fragrant orchids. Even the more esoteric genera that contain many different miniatures, suited for growing in terrariums, including Maxillaria, Masdevallia, Pleurothallis, Bulbophyllum, Lepanthes, and Dracula are receiving much more attention in popular orchid literature and at orchid shows. These orchids and many others will be featured in this new book.

FRAGRANT ORCHIDS



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Fragrant Orchids: A Guide To Selecting, Growing, And Enjoying
Timber Press
Will be released September 2005
ISBN: 088192-739-2
US $29.95

Cinnamon! Chocolate! Lemony! Vanilla!

Only one experience is more breathtaking than seeing a gorgeous orchid in bloom and that is smelling a fragrant gorgeous orchid in bloom! Ask the insect pollinators who depend on fragrance rather than beauty to lead them to the right flower. Yet, orchid growers have traditionally paid more attention to flower size, substance, color, and shape than to scent!

In this first popular book on the subject, plantsman Steven A. Frowine profiles 110 fragrant orchids with exquisite images of each and then gives salient details of another 355 orchids in various appendices. The concise descriptions include cultivation information along with detailed notes on the plant’s fragrance and intensity, which can range from elegant and sophisticated to downright nasty, from fruity and spicy to medicinal and fishy, from light and fresh to heavy and overwhelming.

With some 20,000 fragrant orchids available today, orchid enthusiasts will appreciate this practical guide to choosing, growing, and blooming orchids with the right look and their favorite scents.



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Bitten by the Orchid Bug
"Has anyone noticed how popular orchids have become? They're showing up on television,in magazines and in trendy homes across the country. Horticulturist, Steve Frowine has written a fantastic article, Bitten by the Orchid Bug, that will be helpful to experts and new hires alike."
Carol Miller, Editor, Garden Center Merchandise and Management Magazine

Below are just a few of the gorgeous paintings and drawings appearing in my Moth Orchids book. They were all done by the talented artist Liena Dieck.


Harlequin Phalaenopsis Hybrids

White and Pink Phalaenopsis Hybrids

Red Phalaenopsis Hybrids

Phalaenopsis species

Doritaenopsis Pin Lover

Odontonia Vesta 'Charm'

Neostylis Lou Sneary 'Blue Moon'

Laelia pumila var. coerulea

Cattleya walkeriana var. alba

Cattleya luteola

Miltoniopsis hybrid

Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom 'Apricot'

Dracuvallia

Dykia hendersoniana

Dracula venefica

Cirrhopetalum Daisy Chain 'Monkey'

I GIVE ILLUSTRATED ORCHID LECTURES Topics include: Fragrant Orchids Miniature Orchids The New Phalaenopsis The Basics of Orchid Parenthood (Orchids for Beginners) Choice Mexican Orchid Species. Please contact me (link below)for more details.

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