ALL ABOUT ORCHIDS:Hawaii is the Orchid Isle. It is named for the commercial orchid industry which took hold in Hawaii in the 1940s. Orchids for the commercial trade originated mainly from tropical American and Indian species. Today orchid farms grow "hybrid" orchids which are horticulturally produced by cross-pollinating the wild species. Orchids are the second largest family of flowering plants, with more than 1,000 genera and 15,000 species common to the humid tropics. Most tropical species grow on trees where the roots hold them down and take nourishment from the air. Orchids are also grown for the spice vanilla, from the vanilla orchid. Our orchid plants are exotic, beautiful and fresh to your door from us, grown right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pots are 4" tall, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" at the bottom and 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" at the top.
TERMINOLOGY USED IN THE ORCHID INDUSTRY:Keiki - small plants - plants in flasks, community pots (compots) or plug trays.
Non-Bloom (NB) - plant that is not in a flowering stage.
Near Blooming Size (NBS)- A plant that is still maturing & growing but is roughly 6 months to 2 years away from flowering.
Blooming size (BS)
- A plant that is not yet setting a flower spike or bud...but is of size to flower in the near future. This is also a NON BLOOM plant.
In Spike - A plant that set a flower spike or inflorescence that will produce flower buds.
In Bud - A plant that has amateur spike, with flower buds forming.
Tight Bud-3-4 weeks away from flower open.
Medium Bud- 2-3 weeks from flower open.
Mature or Fat Bud - a few days to 1-2 weeks from flower open.
Open Flower - Flower spike has at least 1 flower open.
Half Open- Half of the flowers open.
Fully Blown open - 80-100% of the flowers open.