The beauty and the diversity of orchids that thrive in the tropics are unparalleled. And with the right guidance, these wonders of nature are not at all difficult to grow. In this first book specifically written for orchid-lovers in tropical regions right around the world, you will find a wealth of practical advice on how to achieve healthy, free-flowering orchids with long-lasting blooms. First-time growers will find the step-by-step instructions on basic orchid care invaluable, while more experienced hobbyists will benefit from the expert tips on propagation and the control of pests and diseases. An A-Z listing of the most popular orchid genera and their growing requirements will help you choose the right plants for your locale - whether you are in the tropical highlands or lowlands, and whether you have a sunny garden or a shady balcony. Combining over 200 stunning photographs with the latest in scientific research, this book is an indispensable guide to the wonderful, complex and endlessly rewarding world of orchids.
Dr Chia Tet Fatt is a scientist and researcher actively involved in orchid research and education. He has won numerous international awards for his discoveries. In 2000 he started the Orchid Hybridisation Programme to teach Singapore school students about growing and hybridising orchids. Dr Chia is also the creator of the world’s first bioluminescent orchid — a Dendrobium genetically engineered with the firefly gene to glow in the dark.
David Astley is a journalist, broadcaster and photographer with a long career covering tropical horticulture. In the 1970s he produced television programmes on gardening in northern Australia, before becoming editor and co-photographer of the Australian Tropical Gardening Guide in the 1980s. Today he is managing editor and principal photographer of the online magazine, Tropical Gardening.