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Understanding Orchids Uncomplicated Growing Worlds

Ever wonder what the Horticulturists at Behnke’s are reading? We asked Miri Talabac (Behnkes woody plant manager and buyer) what were a few of her favorite books and she sent me over a dozen titles. So, over the next few weeks we will be posting them here with Miri’s notes on why this was one of her favorites.

Understanding Orchids – William Cullina

Exactly as the title says, this book helps everyone understand orchid growth and how to provide them with the best environment in which to thrive.

Starting with the basics of explaining orchid structure and growth, chapters on plant care include lighting, watering, humidity and ventilation, fertilization, re-potting, and pest and disease troubleshooting.

The remainder of the book spotlights dozens of common orchid genera and details their culture. I love Cullina’s writing style and presentation of the finer details of orchid care in an un-daunting manner.

It’s fascinating to look through the table of hybrid genera and see just how many inter-generic hybrids there are. If you weren’t already addicted to orchids before reading this book, you may be afterwards!

Have you got a favorite gardening book you want to share with the readers of Behnkes Garden Blog? Drop a comment here or feel free to Contact Us and tell us what gardening books you have been reading and why its one of your favorites.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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