Russia: Growing unusual orchids in Siberia

On the eve of Women’s Day, flower growers in Buryatia (Russia) are aiming to sell over 4,000 pieces of orchids.

At Orchidelia, on the shores of Lake Baikal, they grow over 25 orchid varieties: standard, midi, mini, grandi and multiflora, of various colors from classic white and tender pink ones to bright and multicolored ones with intricate patterns. Many of them are popular among collectors.

“Our Western colleagues concentrate on the most popular varieties, while we are trying to find unusual varieties. That is why more and more collectors prefer to purchase our orchids. Moreover, the delivery of imported flowers takes over a week, they get loaded and repacked several times, which does not positively influence their state. Our orchids have an advantage here, and they are often also cheaper due to the absence of custom fees etc.”, says Aryuna Damdinova, project manager of Baikal Production and Logistics Company, the company behind Orchidelia.

The greenhouse for year-round orchid growing, with an acreage of 1,000 square meters, is the biggest in Eastern Siberia. The overall amount of investments in the project amounted to 6.7 million euros. 25 employees work in the greenhouse. Currently they are considering an expansion of their production area, and additional greenhouse construction as the demand of the orchids from Buryatia is growing.

Orchidelia will present its tropical exotic plants on September 10-12 at the Crocus Expo IEC at the Flowers Expo 2019.

Source: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Buryatia

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