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.
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
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
Oct 2, 2019 12:09:05 GMT 7
mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
Nov 3, 2019 8:34:22 GMT 7
etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
Nov 4, 2019 17:01:25 GMT 7
mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
Nov 6, 2019 21:17:59 GMT 7
vidyut: hey mylesg. glad to hear that. Love this forum. Facebook can't organize knowledge like this. Will participate as much as I can.
Nov 25, 2019 5:37:09 GMT 7
vidyut: Photobucket has ruined this place and many other forum archives with years and years of photos worth referencing now blurred. Priceless information hostage to services once free, begging for adoption, arbitrarily monetized.
Nov 25, 2019 16:28:58 GMT 7
bonfield: This forum is almost at 13K total threads, I can't wait to read the topic that pushes it past the mark!
Dec 3, 2019 8:27:58 GMT 7
arvin555: I do not like FB forums because it is difficult to read back Archives. Let us keep this forum alive!
Dec 9, 2019 11:14:09 GMT 7