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About Orchids

Frederick Boyle

Book Overview: 

This is not a manual of instruction for orchid growers; though there are many hints on cultivation, and a few paragraphs on how to hybridize. The author is just an enthusiastic amateur orchid lover. He takes the reader on a wander through the dangers and consequences of hunting orchids in the tropical jungles of the nineteenth century, and chats about the extreme peculiarities of orchid growth, behavior and structure, coloring the essays with his own experiences and with his delight in cultivating these beautiful plants. Beware! A new hobby beckons!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . one body with several limbs, crowned by one head. Its circulation pulsates through the whole, less and less vigorously, of course, in the parts that have flowered, as the growing head leaves them behind. At some age, no doubt, circulation fails altogether in those old limbs, but experience does not tell me distinctly as yet in how long time the worn-out bulbs of an Oncidium or a Cattleya, for example, would perish by natural death. One may cut them off when apparently lifeless, even beginning to rot, and under proper conditions—it may be a twelvemonth after—a tiny green shoot will push from some "eye," withered and invisible, that has slept for years, and begin existence on its own account. Thus, I am not old enough as an orchidacean to judge through how many seasons these plants will maintain a limb apparently superfluous. Their charming disposition is characterized above all things by caution and foresight. They keep as many strings to their bow, as many sh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I know nothing about orchids, but have been considering growing one at my desk, so I thought this might be interesting. It is an overview of the history of orchid cultivation in Europe and is interesting purely on those grounds. It's not terribly practical for contemporary South African cultivati...more

The colonialism, exploitation of indigenous cultures, and terminology used to describe said culture was difficult to stomach. The international business aspect and transportation of orchids was interesting. The details of growing cold, warm, hot, and hybridized varieties was fascinating, and the...more