Did you know Orchids can breed? If you’re an orchidphile then you’re bound to know that the Botanic Gardens in Singapore plays home to the largest display of orchids in the world.
It houses 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids and has been breeding orchids for over 90 years.
On a recent trip to Singapore we got on a Singapore City Bus Tour and visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is free. The National Orchid Garden is $5.00 entry and well worth the ticket.
How do you make a make a dream hybrid?
(Taken from the information above)
Designing a successful hybrid takes years of dedication. Firstly the designer needs to establish what utility the hybrid will have. I.E if a hybrid is to be used for cut-flower production, the breeder needs to produce a free-flowering plant with long flower stalks.
Firstly the breeder needs to select the parent plants ensuring the female parent polinia is removed to prevent self pollination.
After Polination the formation of seed pod takes place.
Six to twelve months after germination, seedlings are transported from their flasks to community pots. Then onto flowering pots.
How long does it take in total?
The whole process from the first transplant to the first flowering can take between 1-4 years.
So which famous people have an orchid engineered for them?
His and Her Royal Highness, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This Papilionanda William Catherine was created for the couple on the occasion of their first visit to the National Orchid Garden on September 2012.
This Dendrobium was named in memory of the late Princess on 22 September 1997, 22 days after her death.
Sticking with the Royal theme, this orchid below was named after the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the occasion to their visit to the National Orchid Gallery on 1 November 2017.
And what’s the rest of the Botanical Gardens like outside of the VIP Orchids?
Outside of the gardens you will get to see a huge lily pond. The Lilies rest on the surface of the pond like small craters.
Across the rocky paths that run serpentine around the garden you might get to see a huge lizard. I don’t know the name of this Lizard unfortunately, if you do, please leave a comment below.