Orchids are refreshing plants which bear colorful flowers that not only add beauty to the environment but also give off pleasant aroma. The increasing demand of Orchids is mainly carried out by the nurseries. Thousands of Orchid species are cultivated and harvested in these Orchids to fulfill the customer demand.
Orchid plants are propagated and grown in the nurseries throughout the world. Generally, there are following two types of nurseries:
- Retail nurseries sell Orchids to the general public.
- Wholesale nurseries sell Orchids only to other nurseries and to gardeners who are working on commercial scale.
Many of the both types of these nurseries sell Orchids by mail.
There are many nurseries that are working only on the one stage of the process, i.e. propagation, growing out, or retail sale. On the other hand, some nurseries grow only one type of Orchids, for example, Phalaenopsis Orchids.
Nurseries usually cultivate Orchids in greenhouses. A greenhouse is a glass building which is aimed to provide protection to young plants from extreme climate conditions, at the same time allowing access to proper light and air circulation. With the more advanced technology, greenhouses having automated control of temperature, air flow, and light and semi-automated watering and feeding are also now available in the market.
Majority of Orchid nurseries are highly labor-intensive. The reason behind is that despite some procedures have been automated, there are still many that need manual treatment, and also because treating all Orchid plants in the same way simultaneously can only destroy them. Therefore, Orchid care needs surveillance, judgment and manual agility.
Generally, Orchid nurseries sell their Orchid plants in Orchid pots. You just need to pick the Orchid of your choice and they will give it to you with necessary instructions about how to keep it healthy and fast growing.
There are numerous numbers of well established Orchid nurseries which have launched their own website to attract more customers. Whereas, many retail Orchid nurseries also sell Orchid bouquets and Orchid arrangements for various special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries to maximize their profit.
Orchid nursery business is highly seasonal. Their profit is at their boom in spring and autumn seasons. The sale of Orchids is also affected by many factors such as temperature, dearth, discounted foreign competition, and fashion.
Despite these fluctuations in the profit, Orchid nurseries are the profitable business. If you have enough and proper knowledge and information about various Orchid species, Orchid growing habits, and Orchid care then even you can start your own Orchid nursery to increase your income.