UK firm to grow Far East orchids

Taiwan-based orchid specialist V Flora is growing orchids in part of the PA Moerman 10ha glasshouse in Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire.

V Flora UK sales manager Mark Powell commented: "Quantities are small right now, but are expected to reach three to four million plants per year."

Much of the growing expertise at the site comes from Chinese and Taiwanese specialists, and the young plants are imported from the Far East, but the firm has also recruited "around 15" staff locally, he added.

The move follows earlier unsuccessful attempt by the Taiwanese firm to form a partnership with Moerman's parent company Suttons of Wisbech, which went into receivership in July last year.


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