While many grow orchids as a hobby, others will consider taking it more seriously and build an orchid farm.
You have at least 30,000 different species to select your favorites from, if you wish to cultivate orchids. Devote careful thoughts to the environment you are able to recreate with the facilities you have available. This should at least give you some indication of the genera most likely to thrive in your care. Do not neglect to give your business a good head start by purchasing quality orchids from a conscientious grower.
At the beginning, you can renovate your unused basement or take some space in your garage to grow your orchids. What is important is to install the equipment that will help drain excess water. Overall, you do not need a huge facility when you start unless your project is very ambitious.
To cultivate orchids, you will need humidity levels to be quite high in your facility. This can cause damages. An oscillation fan will keep the air circulating. You can put a vapor seal paint to protect the walls. If you pick a bright color, it will increase the light potential of your interior by enhancing the effect of the UV lighting that you will install.
Other equipment you may need to set up a greenhouse include an electric heater, a thermometer and a humidifier. Keep the watering can and the fertilizer in a handy spot.
You may want to sell to the general public, but you can pick some specific angles to increase the effectiveness of your promotion. People buy orchids since they are beautiful when they bloom. Corporate customers are not really interested in taking care of orchids while in their off cycle. If you offer boarding, you could facilitate the lives of such customers. That way, you get a regular clientele while offering beautiful blooms all year long. Other types of customers, such as hotels or restaurants, also appreciate this kind of service. In your marketing plan, you need to consider how you can meet the needs of your various prospective clients.
Depending on the species, an orchid can flower for up to 12 weeks. By circulating their orchid collection between their homes or business premises and a boarding facility, some orchid enthusiasts are able to enjoy flowers throughout the four seasons. The monthly fee per plant is minimal, although more will be added to the bill, if repotting becomes necessary. If planning to focus your market thrust on this angle, you may need to accommodate divergent types of orchids.
In Thailand, orchid farmers have developed a strong reputation and now ship their plants around the globe. Orchid enthusiasts also come from all places to see these beautiful farms. Some of these farms have built a strong online presence to market their products. For example, Phuket Orchid Farm has become a tourist attraction. It sells over 1500 species or hybrid orchids with flowers in bloom as seed sealed in bottles. With over 90 different species, the Tropical Orchid Farm in Maui cultivates rarer types of orchids.
Various possibilities exist to turn your orchid farm into a success story.
Alan Stables is a keen gardener, and one of his specialities is caring for orchids. Given optimum environment conditions depending on the various orchid types , the correct orchid food, and the right amount of sunlight and water, you too will be able to grow beautiful orchids in no time.