Creating and defining demands
LoveOrchids was launched at the RHS Chelsea flower show last May. The website promotes orchids and brings consumers orchid help and advice from experts, growing as well as inspiration, styling tips and trends from around the globe. According to Pass, this website enables Double H Nurseries to create and define the demands of the end consumer. "We always invested heavily in new product design, plant innovation and searching for the latest trends and styles in packaging. Now, with Love Orchids and its presence on Social media, we creates a continual two-way feed, ensuring what we create people want, it also provides us with inspiration in return", says Pass.
Promote UK Grown
On the LoveOrchids website, orchids from all over the world are being promoted, but some extra emphasis is being put on the British grown products. "British produce as a whole has been reinvigorated in recent years. Sales continue to go from strength to strength as people are now realizing the benefits, like a longer shelf life and a smaller carbon footprint. Orchids are no different when it comes to these benefits", he says. "Moreover, consumer's confidence in keeping orchids has grown, so the demand for good quality Phalaenopsis orchids has grown too.''
Double H Nurseries
Double H Nurseries cultivates Phalaenopsis orchids, 9cm and 12cm, in a 7,5ha sized greenhouse along with several other house plants. The Phalaenopsis cultivation makes up the largest acreage of the greenhouse as the production and packing covers just under half of the greenhouse area. Annually, 4.5 million house plants, of which 1.5 million are Phalaenopsis, are grown in the greenhouse. In total, including trials, the Phalaenopsis assortment consists of 100 varieties. "We even have scented varieties, such as 'sunny smell', which made the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Final." As the UK's demand often outweighs the supply, Double H Nurseries does not export their Phalaenopsis.
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