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Vanda merrillii

This is a discussion on Vanda merrillii within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by ntgerald Diane, it is not so expensive now. Early last year there ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntgerald
    Diane, it is not so expensive now.
    Early last year there was gossip about one or two mountains full of merrillii.
    Manila is flooded with merrillii at the moment. Too bad mine were acquired before that.
    Nice flowers !

    A lot of those vandas are apprearing in sunday market and from the orders of big commerical nurseries ! Plundered from the forest!

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    Over here, we, orchid addicts don't buy plants collected from the jungles if we can help it. Instead of plundering plants from the jungle, the solution is seed-grown plants and meristemed plants. The technologies to do this is quite simple and can be readily deployed in developing countries but at least some one must start it, maybe a few college students with experience could band together to create these ventures. That could be a job for the government! What have they been doing?

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    Default Hoa, students at Jose Rizal University

    here in Manila do just that. They have a laboratory for orchid propagation and they get exposed to actual benchwork there. People bring their seedpods for them to work on ; the university collects fees for processing.

    However, I bring my own seedpods somewhere else for that. I have several samples incubating right now; they are of endemic vandas that I myself crossed.

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    It is good to learn that there are some facilities available for propagation of the native species endemic to the Philippines... it would be a terrible shame to lose these beautiful wonders...

    so, I was wondering then... it must be possible to purchase these flasklings and take them here to Australia???

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    Well, that sounds much much better but I think developing countries can do better. For example, paph sanderianum is from Borneo but people from this very poor island have yet to profit from this natural wonder. Plants from this species were collected probably illegally from the wild, and ended up in some Taiwanese nurseries who have been using these plants to make all sorts of novelty slipper orchids by crossing it with all kinds of paph species and selling them all over the world. Personally I think that is absolutely unfair for people of Borneo but who can fault the craftiness of the Taiwaneses? The key is creating products from the natural resources. Instead of keeping seed pods and flasklings for themselves, people in the developing countries could try to market these products and go a few more steps beyond like the Taiwaneses. Many jobs could be created and the environment will be helped at the same time.
    Gerry, thanks for telling me that. I work with pretty complicated technologies and without a deep supporting industry, my work can not be done. However, propagating orchids requires very simple technologies and can be easily performed and taught. What needed are the will to share these orchids, some creativity and enterpreneurship. People from this forum go ga-ga over the pictures of your orchids and everyone wants a piece of it. I bet if you have seedlings of those babies, they will sell! And that is just a start! How about hybrids and hybrids of hybrids and mericlones ...Just some thoughts and venting after being so distraught after the talk of the speaker last night.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntgerald
    here in Manila do just that. They have a laboratory for orchid propagation and they get exposed to actual benchwork there. People bring their seedpods for them to work on ; the university collects fees for processing.

    However, I bring my own seedpods somewhere else for that. I have several samples incubating right now; they are of endemic vandas that I myself crossed.
    Yup RTU had these facilities but not everyone knows it !

    Well, I will be having a tissue culture training probably next month in UP nuclear reasearch institute! Hehehe.

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