- 3 Mar 2016 8:04 AM
In the last years we showed to our visitors the jungle’s less known but at the same time breathtaking and special orchids. This time we return to the orchid which is for most of us THE ORCHID, which is almost like a house plant nowadays, nonetheless hides lots of little secrets. Which charms us every time when in bloom, which never disappoints during its months long blooming time. Yes, it is the well-known and loved by many of us Phalaenopsis, the moth orchid.
Since its discovery in the 18th century, its career is almost unbroken. From the beginning it is the number one favorite of many gardeners, plant lovers. What for it owes its popularity? Primarily it is easy to grow in a house, it blooms readily and its care is easier than any other orchids.
The crossing of moth orchids started in earnest in the 60th, when almost daily newer and newer hybrids were created with different kind of colors, patterns or sizes in the nurseries.
The Phalaenopsis’ are native in the Asian rainforests, from Malaysia to New Guinea. We know at the moment 70 species of them. Its first description originates from 1750, when a lepidopteris in Borneo noticed huge, white blooms swaying in the breeze, from afar strongly resembling butterflies sitting on a twig. Its name originates from this, Phalaenopsis, meaning moth orchid.
European nursieries from this period of time only knew this orchid by drawings because the majority of the collected orchids did not survive the several weeks long sea transport due to its lack of organ storing water and nutrients resulting in dehydration and dying of the orchids. Because its transport was greatly difficult and only a few of them arrived in Europe alive, it cost a small furtune to have one. For the first European flowering had to wait until 1847, it was the snow-white flowered Phalaenopsis aphrodité. It was the reason why so late came the Phalaenopsis widely known and came into part of the renowned orchid collections in Europe.
Thanks to the different high-tech laboratory processes in the 20th century the moth orchid became the most popular, the most easily available of orchids. The number of hybrids are hundreds and hundreds and still new ones are coming year after year.
One of the great sensations of recent years was the ’black’ orchid, of which really dark, deep purple color looks like almost black. But the so called „waterfall” orchids are also very popular, which have long, cascading flower stems with many flowers resembling waterfalls. But there are withes with purple dots, yellow, pink, spotted, striped, big or small flowered hybrids, everyone can find their own to their taste appropriate among them.
We are going to exhibit many beautifull botanical species and hybrid moth orchids, as well as many other spring flowering, fragrant species and other specialies, as well as bromelias.
The date of the show is: 11-14th March, at the Hungarian Agricultural Museum, Vajdahunyad Castle. Our show will be open from 10.00 a.m. till 06.00 p.m. during 4 days, which is a first for us.
For more information about our show please visit our websites: www.orchdeatarsasag.hu or www.orchideakiallitas.hu