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Hi,

What book(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to learn about orchids? The internet is a wonderful resource, but I would like a have a good, in depth, book on the subject too.


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An excellent starter would be the "Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species" by Helmut Bechtel, Phillip Cribb and Edmund Launert.
This book covers everything from growing and conditions to descriptions of plants and about nomenclature. Many images too.
I got mine when I started out in the late 1980's and still refer regularly.
As you say, the internet is a wonderful place but do be careful what you believe from that source - much is just opinions. This book is by very respected authors. When new it cost £65 - worth every penny to me, but these days you will probably be able to pick one up quite cheaply.
Good luck, anyway.



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Dressler, the orchids, natural history & classification if you are wanting to delve a bit deeper



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Thank you both - I will look them up :)

Edit: I have just bought the 'Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species'.

I have also found a 1981 version of 'The Orchids Natural History and Classification' but notice there is a 1990 version as well. Were there any updates, or will the 1981 version be OK?


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Hi Prudence. You can read as many books as you like but there is no substitute for experience and experimentation. Over the years you will have read, and bought, many books which will now be lying in a drawer somewhere and seldom sought out for information. You will have,by this time, developed your growing methods to suite your needs and I hope required a lot of good information from this forum regarding the orchids you have chosen.

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Hi Prudence. You can read as many books as you like but there is no substitute for experience and experimentation. Over the years you will have read, and bought, many books which will now be lying in a drawer somewhere and seldom sought out for information. You will have,by this time, developed your growing methods to suite your needs and I hope required a lot of good information from this forum regarding the orchids you have chosen.

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Phraggy is correct and said it extremely well experience and experimentation, and don't for get to check out your local orchid society or club.

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Thank you both. :)

There is a local orchid club - I will join.



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Bournemouth OS has some excellent growers so you will get a mine of information from there. They have a show on 24 September , but for information about membership see their website at www.bournemouthorchidsociety.org.uk . Their next show is
at Allendale Community Centre
Hanham Road
Wimborne
Dorset BH21 1AS

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I have the 1981 edition of Dressler which will have changed a fair bit as far as classification goes, but the basic natural history part may not be that different, and as a natural history of orchids it is a fascinating read. As others have said when it comes to growing orchids books aren't the main thing, but that is not what Dressler is about !



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I have bought Dressler as well. That's my summer reading sorted :)

Also, enjoying browsing through the online Bournemouth Orchid Journals. Looking forward to the show in September.


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