The local nursery I visited was called Palm Pacifica Orchids located in southern San Diego

The local nursery I visited was called Palm Pacifica Orchids located in southern San Diego

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The local nursery I visited was called Palm Pacifica Orchids located in southern San Diego. This nursery was the epitome of local as I saw the sign for it in my friend’s neighborhood on the way to pick her up. As determined, the main product of this nursery, were orchids. Orchids are a popular flower in the San Diego area due to it’s warm year- round climate as explained by the nursery owner, Cindy Chao. Her orchids in the beginning used to be imported from Taiwan. But due to high popularity of orchids over the years in San Diego, she was able to establish herself and produce her own orchids. Ms. Chao often visits swap meets to observe local competitors. Due to the location of the nursery placed on small property within a neighborhood, space was limited to have it become a field nursery. The nursery is a primarily container based nursery using mainly plastic containers. The type of orchids primarily grown included dendrobiums, cattleyas, and
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Unformatted text preview: phalaenopsis. Ms. Chao discussed that her orchids used to be watered by a drip system to mimic the orchids natural humid environment, but prefers to hand water her plants. She feels that hand watering puts more love and care into the plants and that they will grow more beautifully if care for manually than automatically. The containers she has range from large to small. Although most of her orchids are found in black plastic containers, she has a few large terracotta pots for her large collection of cattleyas. I observed that the other two species, dendrobiums and the phalaenopsis thrived well and vibrant although they were in smaller pots. Ms. Chao explains that her nursery is a jewel in the community of southern San Diego. In the middle of a metropolitan area one exit away from the border and surrounded by a bustling community, her main clients include services for weddings, corsages, and birthday celebrations such as Mexican Quinceaneras....
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course HORTICULTU 100 taught by Professor Pierre during the Spring '11 term at San Diego State.

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