Cymbidiums originated in the Himalayas. Around 1900, the English brought the very first Cymbidiums to Europe. The crossbreeding of different varieties gradually resulted in an increasing number of varieties and colours. To this day, varieties are still being crossed in search of new and improved varieties.
A meristem emerges from this crossbreeding, which takes about two years to produce its first branch. These plants start their life in the propagation greenhouse.
After the initial period, the plant is re-potted into a larger pot and placed in the production greenhouse. Every year the plant grows larger and produces more flowers and longer branches. Both the production and quality of the plants deteriorate when they grow too big, at which point the plants are replaced.
The flowers are guided with elastic to produce straight branches. The branches can be harvested once they have reached the right flowering stage; the flowers are cut from the plant and transported to the barn on a harvesting trolley.
In the shed, the flowers are placed in a tube and packed in a luxury sleeve. The flowers are mixed with other colours in a box and further prepared for transport to the various locations of Royal FloraHolland or go directly to the customer.
The flowers are transported to flower shops all over the world by the various exporters at Royal FloraHolland.