Orchids are big business
Local demand for orchids is around 45,000 plants a month, or around 540,000 units a year, with peak sales for Christmas, St. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Orchids Dominicana president Roger Espaillat told Acento that the company supplies 40% of the demand. He said it places 85% of its production on the local market, and the rest is exported to Chile, the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Lesser Antilles.
He said the company was founded to export to the US but the strong local demand has changed their marketing focus.
He said they produce orchids in vitro and at an industrial level. Speaking on the TV program Cuidando el Huerto on Channel 4, Espaillat says they offer eight varieties of orchids and produce around 13,000 to 18,000 plants a month, employing a staff of 80.
Dominican plant and landscape specialist Adolfo Gottchalk says that an orchid can last for as long as six months if it is well cared for, which means no overwatering and keeping it away from drafts and direct sunlight.
Speaking on the same program, Botanical Gardens director Ricardo Garcia said that of the 350 species of orchids in the country, many of which are endemic, several are at risk of extinction. He said the Botanical Garden has a special pavilion for both local and foreign orchids.
Source: DR1, Acento
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