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Search Rules

This search engine helps you find documents on this website. Here's how it works: you tell the search engine what you're looking for by typing in keywords, phrases, or questions in the search box. The search engine returns a list of all the pages on the website relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of your results.

How To Use:

  1. Type your keywords in the search box.
  2. Press the Search button to start your search.

Here's an example:

  1. Type Potting Media in the search box.
  2. Press the Search button or press the Enter key.

Tip: Don't worry if you find a large number of results. In fact, use more than a couple of words when searching. Even though the number of results will be large, the most relevant content will always appear at the top of the result pages.

Simple Tips for More Exact Searches

Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "Orchids" will match the lowercase "orchids" and uppercase "ORCHIDS".

By default, all searches are accent insensitive as well. Accent sensitivity relates to Latin characters like .

What is an Index?

Webster's dictionary describes an "index" as a sequential arrangement of material. Our index is a large, growing, organized collection of Web pages relating to Orchids. When you use this search engine, you search the entire website using keywords or phrases.

What is a Word?

When searching, think of a word as a combination of letters and numbers. The search engine needs to know how to separate words and numbers to find exactly what you want on the Internet. You can separate words using white space and tabs.

What is a Phrase?

You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.

Example #1: To find specific phrases, type "non urea fertilizer" in the search box. You can also create phrases using punctuation or special characters such as dashes, underscore lines, commas, slashes, or dots.

Example #2: Try searching for 20-10-20 instead of 20 10 20. The dashes link the numbers together as a phrase.

Including or excluding words:

To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.

Example: To find recipes for orchid media with coconut chips but without bark, try "recipe orchid media +coconut chips -bark".

Expand your search using wildcards (*):

By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.

Example: Try wish* to find wish, wishes, or wishful.

Searching for web addresses:

If your search term is a URL, like http://www.clanorchids.com/, the search engine may redirect you to the URL. To avoid this behavior, and do an actual search with the URL as the search term, enclose the URL in double-quotes, ie: "http://www.clanorchids.com/"

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