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Greeny_Lab 'in the wild' at Orchidz

It is an honor to introduce you to Orchidz.nl! Recently I visited this beautiful nursery again, a place where I love to go. Both for the beautiful orchids as well as for the pleasant ambience. Every time I am surprised by the beauty of all the different orchid species and the knowledge they have about these plants.

I therefore found it more difficult than usual to write a blog for you because of the amount of information I received, which made it difficult to write a clear and concise blog, but here we go!

Orchidz is a family business that originated in 1900, with a focus on cold tilt such as vegetables, this eventually expanded to roses, fresias and annemomes. Until Rene in 1981 started in the family business and began to grow orchids. Rene is mainly concerned with the care and propagation of orchids while Roelof arranges everything related to the webshop.

Besides Rene and Roelof, there are several volunteers working in the nursery who do all kinds of chores. Here everything is still done by hand, from repotting to watering. You won't find a standard orchid like in the supermarket, but you will find a large variety of special orchids. They have 100 to 150 different species.

They start at 09:00, with a cup of coffee or 3. After this it's time to move into the greenhouse and get to work, Co (82 years old) is mainly busy with the propagation of the orchids. Rene always waters the orchids by hand, about once a week. In the back he has 2 tanks which can hold 200,000 cubic meters of rainwater. Rainwater is much better (and free) for your plants, it does not leave any stains and contains a rich bacterial life. They prefer to water on a day when the weather is favorable, in the early morning. So that the plants can dry up quickly, this is important so that no stain / mold can arise on the plants (leaves). The orchids also get nutrition, which is mixed by hand. The mixture consists of 20% nitrogen, 20% phosphate, 20% potassium and 10% magnesium.

Nutrition is given throughout the year because the conditions in the nursery are ideal and the orchids grow constantly. For your orchids at home it is advisable not to give them nutrition throughout the year, since they grow slower in autumn / winter and therefore use less nutrition.

The temperature in the nursery is 21 degrees during the day, at night it goes down to 18 degrees through an automatic system.

Propagating orchids is a profession, at least if you ask me, Rene does it with his eyes closed. It looked super simple when I was there, but how do I explain this to you :)

Many orchids you see in the supermarket are cloned, these are identical to the mother plant. The big disadvantage of this is that you can't develop a better assortment. That's why at Orchidz they cross-breed, they choose 2 strong orchids and pollinate them (by hand). Not every species can be crossed, so it is important to find out what the possibilities are first.

Once the orchid has been pollinated it will produce a seed pod and once this is ripe it will be sent to a lab to germinate. These labs are located in different countries, each with a different method of germinating seeds, for example, the nutrient medium is different.

As soon as the seed box arrives at the lab, it is sown in sterile flask with a nutrient medium. After this it takes several months for the seeds to germinate.

Once they are out of the flask it takes another 1 to 2 years before the orchid can be sold. Jewel orchids grow a little faster and are ready after about 6 months.

Before I went to orchidz I collected all your questions, they were mostly about the care of (Jewel) Orchids, Rene is happy to explain more about the care:

Jewel orchids like to stand in the shade, keeping the moss moist. A temperature around 22 degrees is desirable. The jewel likes a humid climate, which makes the plant very suitable for a terrarium. However, it is not advisable to spray a jewel with water to increase humidity.

For the 'normal' orchid other rules apply, you should water them about once a week. The 'normal' orchid likes to stand a little colder, 18 to 20 degrees is sufficient with humidity between 50 and 70%.

If you are a beginner, then the Phalaenopsis is a nice plant to start with, it grows and blooms easily. The best growing medium is bark!

Would you like to visit Orchidz after reading this blog? You can! They regularly hold open days, keep an eye on their Instagram.

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