Guest Author - Susan Taylor
For the novice, intermediate or experienced grower The Potting Workshop ™ CD has something for everyone!! The advertising for this CD does not exaggerate the value of the information or the usefulness to all hobbyists. One of the few times the hype does not even live up to the product!! I certainly wish I had had this CD when I first started growing and put my first plants in pots. I have since needed to repot every single one I did originally since I didn’t have all the information I needed.
The techniques described go from when to repot to cutting up an overgrown specimen plant. Do you have a new flask? Here’s how to put those babies in a compot and then how to plant in individual pots when they’ve grown bigger. Need to put something on a mount that’s not doing well in a pot? Everything that you need to know is here. Each demonstration tells you what tools you’ll need to do the job. How about an overgrown Cymbidium? Step-by-step instructions on dividing the plant are provided.
As a bonus, there is a section on recommended tools for repotting—as well as suggested alternatives to many. A glossary tells you exactly what that technical botanical term means if you’re not exactly sure and provides some illustrations so that you can see what you’re looking for.
Starting and using the CD is easy and it will run on any computer which has an internet browser. Even non-computer people won’t have any trouble with it (i.e. I didn’t have any trouble getting it to run). The menus are easy to access and follow and clear as to what you will be accessing. There are menus with “Describe” and “Show Me” for people who learn best by one or the other method. I’m a read it first person, but the pictures make the concepts crystal clear. A secondary menu allows you to go directly to specific demonstrations or discussions such as when to repot and how to pot specific species.
As you read through each specific topic and then go to the illustrated version, clicking on the pictures provides a closer view of what is being discussed. This is very helpful especially when the individual species are involved. You get to see exactly what that particular type of plant looks like. You’re not trying to follow directions for repotting a Cattleya while repotting a Phalaenopsis!!
I would recommend that any orchid society that has a library order one of these from Greg—it would be an invaluable tool for all their members. Once members have seen the quality of the produce they’re going to want one for themselves!! The CD would also be a great gift for any orchid lover around—put this on your holiday wish list!!