No wonder Hawaii's commercial orchid growers fear imports from Taiwan. I knew that Taiwan had acres of greenhouses housing mature orchid plants, but I didn't know there were acres of flasks as well. Due to lower labor costs and economies of scale, Taiwan can offer lower prices to American consumers for a blooming phaleanopsis, for example, than US growers. Already, Dendrobium orchid leis from Thailand are ubiquitous in Hawaii's tourist areas because they go for less than $5. It's a global economy.
JK: You ain't heard the scariest part yet: like all other industries here, the entire orchid scene is moving to Mainland China, where they find huge land tracts for tiny prices, and labor costs at a tenth of the Taiwanese wages.
Sunbelle: Spiking is initiated by one of two methods: either by large AC systems, or, in case of the smaller breeding operations, by moving the plants uphill. Most breeders have at least two greenhouse sites: one (or two) in the lowlands and one (or more) above 1500 meters.
A few more interesting tidbits:
- Many affluent Taiwanese growers ship their material to European (mostly German) labs for mericloning. Expensive, but cheaper than building their own labs.
- Brother Orchids, the foremost hybridizer on the island, creates over 1000 new hybrids every year, way too many to register them all. The other 100+ breeders produce similar figures. Since unregistered plants are subject to immediate pirating, they won't take orders for less than US$5000 per hybrid, so that they can earn at least a little money on "royalties" before their plants disappear in international cloning labs.
plantguyty1: I'm looking for pollen.
Dec 31, 2016 23:50:46 GMT 7
fredp: I'm trying to add a PDF file to a new thread but it doesn't seem to work thru the "Add Attachment" button. Can someone help?
Jan 8, 2017 0:08:27 GMT 7
plantguyty1: Does anybody need pollen? I have N. Miranda it's the first time it flowered for me so I do not know if its sterile or a good candidate. Is there anybody with an active female that would like to give my pollen a shot?
Feb 19, 2017 1:19:37 GMT 7
siravi: im looking for seeds, anyone?
Mar 15, 2017 13:41:04 GMT 7
samu0945: I'm looking for N. Aristolochioides
Apr 2, 2017 8:48:30 GMT 7
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
Oct 5, 2017 10:16:29 GMT 7
borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
Sept 2, 2018 14:34:57 GMT 7
mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
Dec 9, 2018 3:15:01 GMT 7
mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7