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    "What is a good orchid book to buy?" This is the most frequent
    question visitors have asked me since I published my Orchid Page.
    In an attempt to answer this question, here is a selected list of
    my books I have personally purchased and used during my "addiction"
    Another great source of information is orchid magazines which I
    subscribe and have listed at the end of this page.
    All of these books may be purchased from the American Orchid Society,
    or you should be able to find a lot of them in most large book stores
    like Barnes and Noble. Your local orchid suppliers and garden shops
    are another place to look. You might also consider a trip to your
    local public library to see what is available. I recommend, however,
    that you purchase your own personal copy of the books you find useful.
    I have divided this list into 3 sections: recommended books for the
    Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced orchid growers.
                  My Recommended Books for the Beginner 
                              GROWING ORCHIDS 
                   by The American Orchid Society 1993 
                        AOS Book # 100 Price $8.95 
    This is a great little starter book which covers the most common
    grown orchids. In this book, you will find chapters on cultivation,
    pests, diseases, and growing techniques. It has 136 pages and 120
    color photos. 
                          ORCHIDS AS HOUSE PLANTS 
                           by Rebecca Northern 1976 
                          AOS Book # 208 Price $3.95 
    In the beginning, I used this book more than any other book I owned
    when I started growing orchids in my home. This handy book covers
    nearly everything you need to know. Although there are no color
    photos, there are black and white pictures and drawings. It is a
    softcover book with 148 pages. 
                             ORCHIDS SIMPLIFIED 
                            by Henry Jaworski 1992 
                          AOS Book #238 Price $24.95 
    This is a fantastic book. The author has really simplified the methods
    used to grow orchids. I call this book my "grade school primer." It
    is very easy to understand and is full of very beautiful color
    photographs. The author writes about everything from growing areas,
    supplies, potting, indoor and outdoor growing methods and propagation
    techniques. The book is hardbound, 143 pages and quite big. 
                            YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS 
                             by Mary Noble 1987 
                          AOS Book #203 Price $12.95 
    This is a nice, very basic all-around book. This is a good one for
    beginners to start with, very easy to understand. The book contains
    mostly black and white photos, but it does have a few in color. It
    is soft-cover with 128 pages. 
                       YOU CAN GROW CATTLEYA ORCHIDS 
                             by Mary Noble 1991 
                         AOS Book #204 Price $12.95 
    This is a companion to Mary's other books in this series. This book
    is primarily limited to growing the genera Cattleya. If this is the
    type of orchid you want to grow, this is the book for you. It is
    soft-cover and has 100 pages, some black and white photos, and a
    sprinkle of color pictures. 
                             by Mary Nobel 1991 
                        AOS Book #205 Price $12.95 
    This is another book in Mary's series. This one focuses on growing
    the genera Phalaenopsis. This is a very good beginners book. As in
    all her books, she gives advise on watering, temperatures, potting,
    light, fertilizing, and propagation. This is also a soft-cover book
    a few color photos but mostly black and white with 102 pages. 
                           by Sunset Books 1977 
                        AOS Book #223 Price $10.00 
    A nice book for the price. It covers 250 varieties of orchids and
    how to grow them in the garden or greenhouse. A lot of good tips
    and lots of color photographs. This is a soft-cover book with 64
    pages. You should be able to buy this book anywhere they sell Sunset
                         ALL ABOUT GROWING ORCHIDS 
                            by Ortho Books 1988 
                         AOS Book #215 Price $9.95 
    A complete guide to growing orchids as a house plant. The book
    includes descriptions of over 120 popular orchids and has lots of
    color photos. This book also lists source information for buying
    orchids and equipment. Soft-cover with 96 pages. You should be able
    to buy this book anywhere they sell Ortho Books. 
            My Recommended Books for the Intermediate Grower 
                           HOME ORCHID GROWING 
                         by Rebecca Northern 1976 
                        AOS Book #206 Price $50.00 
    I call this the "Orchid Bible." If there is anything you want to know
    about growing orchids in the home, this book will tell you. It has
    been praised by orchid growers for many years. This book you may say,
    is the "Mother" to Rebecca's little book `Orchids as House Plants.'
    This is a hard cover book of good size with 114 color photos and
    numerous black and white photos. It is 384 pages and a must for any
    orchid grower. 
                          ORCHID PESTS AND DISEASES 
                              by the A.O.S. 1995 
                          AOS Book #103 Price $12.00 
    Those dreaded words that all orchid growers hate to hear. But when
    the time comes and you find those little crawly things on your plants
    this is the book to have around! Insects, pests, bacterial and fungal
    diseases, and viruses are all discussed in this little handbook. It
    is a 118 page soft- cover book that includes over 100 color and black
    and white photos. 
                          A GOLDEN GUIDE TO ORCHIDS 
                       by Shuttleworth, Zim, Dillon 1989 
                           AOS Book #418 Price $6.00 
    I am sure you have all seen the little guide books that you carry in
    your pocket during field trips to identify birds or wild flowers. Now
    there is one for orchids too! This is a nice reference book to carry
    with you. Every orchid listed includes a color picture and a general
    description. Soft-cover with 160 pages. 
                         ORCHID GROWING ILLUSTRATED 
                         by B.&W.; Rittershausen 1985 
                         AOS Book #212 Price $29.95 
    When the author said "illustrated," he wasn't kidding. The book has
    a lot of wonderful photos and great close up shots. This book shows
    in detail how to pot and how to propagate orchids. It is quite a
    large book with 101 color photographs and 150 black and white photos.
    It is hardbound and has 160 pages. A very nice book to own. 
                               ORCHIDS IN COLOR 
                       by Brian & Wilma Rittshausen 1984 
                          AOS Book # 425 Price $16.95 
    What a wonderful little book to have around. In this book you will
    find 105 commonly grown orchid species and hybrids with a color photo
    and description of each one. It is soft cover and easy to carry with
    you. It is a full 192 pages of information. 
                    Books for the Advanced Orchid Grower
     By this stage of the orchid addiction, you should already have quite
     a library of your own and have a good idea of which books are the
     most useful to you. If you don't already own the following books,
     I recommend you give them a look. 
                           THE ORCHID GENUS BOOK 
                           by Patsy Webster 1992 
                        AOS Book #519 Price $30.00 
    Are you looking for a study guide for the orchid family? This is the
    book for you. This book contains the bibliography for 860 orchid
    genera. This is the only book I have been able to find long-lost
    genera listed. Don't expect a fancy book with lots of pictures. No
    pictures but plenty of information. This is a spiral bound soft cover
    book with 206 pages. 
                   by Oscar W. Gupton & Fred C. Swope 1987 
                         AOS Book #606 Price $16.95 
    A small but informative book about the wild orchids that grow in the
    Atlantic States. Nice full color pictures and good descriptions of
    52 orchids. A Hardbound book with 112 pages. 
                               THE ORCHID 
                by Francis Hunt & Takashi Kijima 1978 
                       AOS Book #427 Price $24.50 
    If you are looking for information this is not the book for you. BUT,
    if you want to see very large photographs of orchids then this is the
    book. The photos are most useful for identification. There are 170
    photographs and I am not kidding when I say this book is big.
    10" x 13". It contains 207 pages. 
        by Bechtel, Helmut, Phillip Cribb and Edmund Launert 1992 
                        AOS Book #400 Price $85.00 
    Fantastic is the word for this book. A must for the serious orchid
    grower. It has 864 color photographs, and 62 line illustrations. The
    book also includes detailed analysis of 217 genera and 1200 species
    suitable for cultivation. It is hard cover with 528 pages. A big
    hefty book, so don't plan on packing it around in your back pocket. 
                           ORCHID PHOTOGRAPHY 
                     by Fitch, Charles Marden 1995 
                       AOS Book #102 Price $16.00 
    So now you have orchids growing and blooming and you want to take
    that very special picture. This book will tell you how to get the
    best results. It includes lots of tips on how to capture your
    favorite beauty on film. The author also includes a section on video
    taping and of course, close up photography. A handy little softcover
    book with 96 pages. 
                      Edited by Alec Pridgeon 1992 
                       AOS Book #438 Price $39.95
                        Order from Timber Press
    The book you have been waiting for. Yes, this is the grand daddy of
    the orchid books. This wonderful encyclopedia includes information
    on 1100 species; each one illustrated and identified. Lots of
    beautiful color photos, 1000 in all! It also includes information
    on hybridization, cultivation, pests, diseases, and conservation.
    Hardbound with 300 pages. Excellent book for all orchid growers.
    This book is an excellent value at the asking price. 
                           ORCHID MAGAZINES
    Are you looking for an excellent Orchid magazine? I have listed three
    publications that I think you would enjoy.  
                     THE ORCHID DIGEST MAGAZINE
    The Orchid Digest Magazine is a very beautiful publication. It is
    appealing to both beginners and advanced growers. All genera are
    covered, both taxonomically and as hybrids. The photography is
    excellent and is of the highest quality. This Magazine is published
    quarterly. To receive this publication you must be a member of the
    Orchid Digest.  Membership is $20.00 a year. For more information
    visit their web site at:
                           ORCHID MAGAZINE
    The magazine Orchids is the monthly publication of the American
    Orchid Society. This publication covers has a lot of information
    on different genera and hybrids. There are always plenty of
    photographs to look at. The articles are very easy to understand
    so if you are new to orchids you won't be left out. It also has a
    large listing of orchid growers and suppliers. You must be a member
    of A OS to receive this magazine. Membership is $36.00 a year. For
    more information you can visit their web site at:
                           THE ORCHADIAN
    The Orchadian is the magazine of the Australasian Native Orchid
    Society Inc. It is issued quarterly and contains information about the
    native orchids of Australasia. All issues include many coloured
    photographs and drawings. You must be a member to receive this
    publication. Visit their web page for membership information at:
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