Plus exotic plants

Tropical Flowers look real great and Orchids even top them, 

This plants come in almost all colors, including white but not black. One of the most popular is a blue orchid, in the past and prior to the hybridization they were extremely rare but now designed in the laboratory plenty of colors are available which nature rarely has shown.

The Greek word "orchis" which gave them the name means testicle. Today about 26,000 species and hybrids are out there and this count is growing continuously because the laboratories try to develop new form and behaviors. E.g. to have a longer blooming time, make them resistant to certain fungi and creating new colors in the nursery.

In the orchid nursery
In the orchid nursery

White Orchid Plants
White Orchid Flower
There are certain preferred hues  which are white, blue and all variants of red. White is often use to enhance elegant wedding bouquets and thats not all, labs are continuously crossing the genes for more color combinations and to be more resistant. 

Hybrid plants are common today, actually any plant on the market to buy today are those, most are better to handle than species. 

Beautiful Hybrid Plants
Beautiful Hybrid Plants


Today’s plants are relatively cheap and widely available 

In a Thailand nursery
In a Thailand nursery

which means they can easily be replaced by a new plant from the nursery or the internet catalogue when there is a problem. 

Although they can be found almost everywhere all over the globe but the real beautiful come from tropical or subtropical regions.


red phalaenopsis in a nursery


Here is a nursery where plenty of orchid variants are grown. This place is in Phuket Thailand, situated in the south at Rawai, they have a wide collection of hybrids and a few species in a separate part of the place. There is retail and wholesale sales from 10am to 6 pm. Here plants are on sale for reasonable prices. Another way to buy are the many flower shops along the road at the market in downtown.

Tropical Nursery

Selling their orchids to hotels and beach resorts

Beside of that many tourists just visit the nursery every day to have a look, entrance fee is Baht 200. For every visitor a small bouquet of fresh flowers are included. 

Since they have a couple of thousand plants you better take a camera with to picture it. When you like some more plants to take back with you just ask for a bigger empty water bottle in the hotel, cut it, fill it with water and the beauties will stay good for a while. 

In a tropical orchid nursery
In a tropical orchid nursery

The plants on sale are ok for indoor and outdoor, if you want to take them home after vacations the bottom of the stem will be put into a small plastic container with some cotton wool and water. This means it’s ok for up to about a week when you take out the flower and slice off a bit of the stem every day and put it back.

Thailand orchid nursery

They don’t grow other flower, the selection is wide and every day the whole place of about 200 x 150 m is in full bloom, a feast for the eyes.

If you ever travel to Phuket Island in southern Thailand visit the nursery, it’s worth it; a great garden with Thai orchids here they bloom all year round. There is the whole assortment including cattleya, phalaenopsis, cymbidium, paphiopedilum (slipper orchids), vanda, dendrobium etc. 


Pink phalaenopsis orchids growing
Pink phalaenopsis orchids growing

This is a virtual sea of colors and blooms, the best to get this optical impression are orchid grower near to the equator and maybe a bigger greenhouse elsewhere.