The orchid family contains over 700 genera and 27,000 species. Hybridizing within the group has produced hundreds of thousands of new and diverse varieties.
In the 1850’s the first orchid hybrid was made by John Dominy, a grower at the English orchid nursery of Veitch and Sons. During the late 19th century little was understood about the requirements for orchid seed to germinate. In 1922 an American plant scientist, Prof. Lewis Knudson, developed a nutrient formula based on agar, sugar and nutrients which enabled successful orchid seed germination.
This discovery enabled the mass production of orchid hybrids in specialized laboratories. It led to the development of the vast range of orchids now available.
Flowering, growth habit and conditions can vary depending on the type. Contact us for further information if you require.