Saturday, February 20, 2010

Orchids are Big Business

 Orchids are quite commonplace in Taiwan.  These parasitic plants are sold in flower markets across the island.  They can be found potted in wood waste rather than the traditional soil that grows other plants.

They are also big business in Taiwan with Taiwanese businesses working to cut the cost of the flowers down and make big bucks in the process.  In fact you can find huge nurseries like the one in the pictures below run by JinChe (Gold Cart), makers of Mr. Brown Coffee and Kavalan whisky in YiLan and elsewhere.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14103306?nclick_check=1

My father would be jealous to know that our orchids at home flourish without much attention in the moist and relatively warm weather of Taiwan.
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