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"Sarah Corselis, Okidland: "Auctioned for 2 euros per stem"

French Mother's Day: Unexpected popularity of white and mini florets

"Surprisingly, white and mini florets are much in demand this Mother's Day", says Sarah Corselis, Sales Manager at Okidland, a orchid grower in the South of France. "The mini florets were very successful at this mornings auction in Hyeres, France, some were even auctioned for 2 euros per stem."

This picture made by Sarah Corselis at the Hyeres Flower Market in France. The cut flower orchids of Okidland were auctioned and on the left side of the picture and roses on the right side.

This Sunday, on May 31, Mother's Day will be celebrated in France. "People are eager to try something new for this Mother's Day" says Corselis. And this was clearly visible during the auction in Hyeres, South of France, this morning. "Usually, the pink colored orchids are much in demand for Mother's Day. However, today, at the Hyeres Flower Market in the South of France where Okidlands sells cut flower orchids, white and mini florets outperformed their pink orchid varieties. "We didn't expect that." says Corselis.

The florets are sold in boxes of 50 stems with 6cm or 12 cm flowers.

French Mother's Day is an important Day for Okidland. "It is a very good Mother's Day, we advertised a lot and with success; our sales doubled compared to last year" says Corselis. "We only supply flower shops and some wholesalers in the South of France. The orchids we sell to flower shops in Paris are supplied in ceramic pots this Mother's Day, those compositions are true masterpieces", she says.

Upper right: Greenhouse of Okidland. Botom right: pink orchids of Okidland.

Yellow varieties are not popular anymore
It is well-known that yellow is not a popular Mother's Day color, but according to Corselis, the demand for this color decreased in general. Their core market includes Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany and regions of the Mediterranean countries. "We are always trying to meet the needs of the customers. Over the years we see the demand changing and we try to adapt to these changes. Therefore, we started to focus on various spotted varieties. We are also adapting our products to our new package, with small white orchids, our customers expect these products."

Okidland Nursery
Okidland was established in 2009 in Taiwan and established a greenhouse in France in 2014. The French nursery is located in Hyères, in the South of France. It has an area of 40,000 square metres, of which 20,000 square metres are covered by a Eco greenhouse that utilizes the latest solar energy technologies to provide greenhouse heat. "We can maintain the temperature to grow our orchids without the use of additional electricity thus enabling us to do our part to help keep the planet more natural and pollution-free." The product range of Okid Land Nursery includes Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Paphiopedilum, Oncidium, Cycnoches, Pachira and Japanese Serissa.

For more information:
Okidland France Biotechnology
Sarah Corselis
Email: [email protected]