No flower surpasses orchids for beauty and diversity, and with the expert advice, practical instructions, and beautiful how-to photos found here, even nervous newcomers can grow them with confidence. In addition to an extensive illustrated directory of the specialized and popular orchid groups, detailed explanations cover all the techniques needed to keep orchids in good shape. There are hints and tips on watering, feeding, lighting, and temperature conditions, as well as information on propagation, hybridization, caring for orchids in pots, and handling pests and diseases. Stunning close-up color images provide an amazing view of many of the loveliest plants. With this guide by your side, your orchids will flourish the first time and every time.