Pascal Lambé, Phytesia

EU: Cold and warmth shortened garden orchid season

“Although the season was shorter than last year, itwas a good one for the garden orchids”, says Pascal Lambé of Phystesia. “Due tothe cold in February and March, the season started later than normally. Then,in May the temperatures increased and the sales stopped. But in between we soldour orchids very well.”

Bletilla striata ‘purple’.

Pascal exports 90 percent of his garden orchids to TheNetherlands, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Denmark. “Duringwintertime our customers make reservations and depending on how they areselling they place orders throughout the season.” 

Pascal Lambe at the IPM in Essen, Germany
in 2016.

Many customers alternate different types of gardenorchids, because they bloom at different times. The first one to flower are thePleiones and some of the Cypripediums, in March and April. Then in April and Maythe Epipactis, followed by Bletilla in the end of May and June. “The quality ofthe plant was very good this season. Due to the cold in March, they didn’tflower to early.”

“Garden orchids are gaining popularity”, Pascal says.“They are not yet often seen in garden centers, but in specialized shops the sellingis very good. The garden orchids are more expensive than perennials, so it isimportant that the retail provide customers with information. Overall moreshops are selling them, and the market is increasing.”
Pascal Lambe

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