Ask This Old House TV // Season 11 // Episode 19

Ask TOH | Orchids, Kitchen Cabinet

Landscape contractor Roger Cook visits a tropical botanic garden to learn how to care for orchids as houseplants. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner purchase and install a kitchen wall cabinet.

Orchid Care
Roger visits a tropical botanic garden to learn how to care for orchids as houseplants.

Where to find it?
Roger visited the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables, FL, home to the only tropical rainforest in the continental US.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Betty Eber, an orchid-care instructor at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.

Roger and Betty discussed the phalaenopsis orchid, a variety that is easy to grow. It is a very common type of orchid, available at most home centers and garden centers.

What Is It?
Roger asks the guys to identify a black ball with red tentacles.

Where to find it?
The Soot Eater is a chimney cleaning brush that attaches to a drill, manufactured by Gardus, Inc

Hanging a Kitchen Wall Cabinet
Tom helps a homeowner purchase and install a kitchen wall cabinet.

Where to find it?
Tom installed a "Reading-style" cabinet manufactured by American Woodmark. It has solid maple door frames, frosted glass panel inserts, and maple veneer construction. It was painted a "linen" color and is available at The Home Depot.


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