How to Grow Hardy Perennial Orchids
You can grow hardy perennial orchids in your own garden, whether you are a novice or a master gardener. Many people think of orchids as tropical plants needing specialized care and grown only indoors or in greenhouses.
Orchids will grow and thrive in your garden surviving tropical and sub-zero temperatures.
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids is essential reading for you to grow beautiful and exotic hardy orchids in your outdoor garden.
Dr Mathis exposes the best-kept secret in the gardening world by introducing you to many hardy perennial orchids that can be grown almost anywhere in the US including Alaska with a little care and preparation
The book is divided into three groups of species: Upland, Transition, and Wetland hardy perennial orchids and selected species are discussed in detail in each group.
There is a strong focus on a non-technical presentation of the necessary cultural requirements for these species to survive and thrive in almost any garden setting.
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids is filled with helpful hints, tips and enough information to get you started and keep you interested in hardy orchid growing for years to come.
Many beautiful color photographs are included to tantalize the readers and pique their interest in these exciting plants. Also, many color illustrations are used to demonstrate bed preparation, planting, and other cultural practices.
The author divides the discussion into three groups of species Upland, Transition, and Wetland. Within each group, selected species are discussed in detail with a strong focus on a non-technical presentation of the necessary cultural requirements for these species to survive and thrive in almost any garden setting.
Some of the principles that are emphasized include:
- Hardy orchids survive and thrive in temperate and more frigid climates. In fact, some actually require temperatures at or well below freezing for several months each year to maintain proper growth, much like tulips or daffodils.
- The most important requirement for growing this kind of orchid is good soil drainage, which in most cases requires excavation and the addition of premixed soil in a raised bed. Sand or Perlite are key ingredients to achieving good drainage. And the addition of peat and Perlite increases the soil moisture holding capacity necessary for most orchid species.
- Orchids in general have low nutrient requirements, and do not tolerate lots of fertilizer. In fact, the addition of a good leaf or bark compost to the soil mix usually supplies all the nutrients an orchid needs