Grow orchids in your home. Live in the exotic magic of the most aristocratic flower

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Electronic edition. English language.
Number of pages in the printed format: 242  with 95 color illustrations
Copyright 2019
Author: William Drake.

Many people who would like to dedicate themselves to this hobby ask themselves:

- Will I have the chance to organize a large greenhouse?

- Will I have enough time to look after such fragile plants?

- Will I be able to support the necessary financial commitment?

These questions are wrong.

The main question you need to ask yourself, to see if you will be a good grower, is another: what feeling do I have with orchids?

The orchid is a unique flower in its eccentric perfection, it does not know the banality. It does not grow in an impersonal environment, it is elegant in all its aspects, aristocratic in its needs. It blooms only if it finds the right conditions around it.

In the East the perfection of the orchid is a symbol of purity. In the West the orchid is related to love and sensuality, therefore it becomes the symbol of passionate love. In its almost black-flowered varieties the orchid is also associated with the dark mystery and witchcraft.

People who are attracted to orchids are sensual and innocent, simple and sophisticated. They love luxury. The roots of the orchid can feed on air by filtering nourishment from nothing, they are intricate but light. Who loves the orchid is very selective in his choices, he accepts to let only a small circle of people enter his life.

Therefore, if you wish to dedicate yourself to the cultivation of orchids you should not ask yourself how much it costs. The right questions are these:

- Do I have an independent temperament?

- Do I have my own class and my original elegance?

- Am I capable of innocence and passion, dedication and betrayal?

- I only ask for the best from my life and the people I surround myself with?

If all the answers are "yes", you are the ideal candidate for growing orchids. You don't need much else.

In fact it is possible to grow orchids even in a small vase held on the windowsill, as you would do with basil. Some varieties may require temperature and humidity which is not difficult to recreate in an ordinary apartment or on a balcony. Other varieties can grow outdoors, in the garden.

If you really want to dedicate yourself to the cultivation of orchids you will surely find the right compromise between the needs of the plants and those of your spaces and your wallet.

This book will provide you with all the information you need to start the journey that will turn you into an expert grower, ready to participate in all "flowers contest"


Summary of the book

What flower are you?

Orchids at home






Historical notes

Myths and beliefs

The butterfly orchid, the "phalaenopsis"

The discovery of Cattleya

The orchid becomes a symbol of prestige

New orchids: Cambria

Symbols and meanings.

The language of flowers

The orchid in art

The orchid in literature

The orchid in the cinema

Orchids with evocative forms

  1. Anatomy and classification

The orchid flower

The leaves of orchids

The roots of orchids


  1. How to start

The best species to start with. The Phalaenopsis

Where find plants and seeds


  1. Supports and substrates

The rafts

The wooden logs

The arboreal fern and saxum

Vegetable supports

Hanging baskets

Cultivation supports for lithophyte orchids.

Inorganic matrix substrates

Organic matrix substrates.

The "bark"

Vegetable fiber

The sphagnum


"Osmunda" fiber

Beech leaves

The land of heath (Moorland)

  1. Cultivation in vases

Choice of vase

Pot materials

The soil

Soil with peat blond and osmunda.

Fine-grained soil (grain size up to 6 millimeters)

Medium-grained soil (grain size over 6 millimeters)

Coconut-based soils

Cymbidium orchid soil

Commercial soil

6.- Cultivation techniques


Water the orchids

Eliminate chlorine from water

Leaf irrigation

How to fertilize orchids


  1. Pests and diseases

Counteract pests

Ingredients for a macerated against aphids

Orchid diseases

Fungal diseases

Virus or bacteria diseases

Diseases of the leaves

  1. Multiplication of orchids

Monopodial and simpodial orchids

Multiplication by cuttings

"Keiki" division

Multiplication by meristem

Multiplication by sowing

Sexual reproduction or pollination

  1. Orchid flowering

10 Outdoor orchids. The Cypripedium

11 Description of the main species









Dracula (Little dragon)



Miltonia e Miltoniopsis









. Mini orchids


  1. Orchid growing communities

Sell your orchids

Appendix 1 - Taxonomy


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