Hello fellow orchid enthusiast.
My name is Jeff Hutchings and over the past twelve years I have run a nursery which eventually specialised in hardy orchids in 2006 thus Laneside Hardy Orchids. When I first started growing hardy orchids information on growing hardies was very limited and what was written by different people was very contradictory. Much of the confusion was caused by the fact that few people had grown some of the species being offered and that information was written by different people, in different countries, hence growing in totally different conditions
The only way to succeed is to trial specimens of different genus/species in a variety of composts until the right one is found. This is what I did and hopefully I can now provide customers with quality plants, growing in suitable compost and with written cultivation instructions to help the grower succeed.
After all this work I produced a booklet “Growing Hardy orchids in the Garden or Meadow which has sold nearly 1000 copies over the past 8 years. I have had a number of articles published in journals such as The Plantsman and the RHS The Garden and am always happy to provide illustrated articles for any amateur publication.
The web shop has evolved over the years and I have nearly completed the updating all the written information on line to help customers decide what type of hardy orchids are suitable for their specific environment and how to deal with the plants when they arrive.
People who do not like using on line payment systems can telephone and place orders, paying by card over the telephone.
One of the problems with hardy orchid sales is that in many instances only few legal plants are available each year which is why I will offer plants for sale as soon as I my order to the grower is confirmed but do not send out the plants until later when they are dormant. This is the same for plants coming to my in that the grower cannot send until they are dormant. It is not possible to accurately state when plants will finally become available in any one season.
From past experience, it is not sensible to send the plants out when conditions are not suitable so I ask customers to be patient. I always acknowledge orders but it may be a few weeks before they are sent out unless the customer indicates the urgently want delivery.
As there is no regular publication that provides cultural information on growing hardy orchids I decided to write a monthly newsletter which includes an update on the current state of my stock, the cultivation work I have completed that month, details of stock due to arrive shortly, and now, an article on growing one particular genus or cultivation method. This is available to members who register on the web site and tick the subscribe box. Currently over 850 receive copies each month.
Over the years I have built up a show schedule which includes some of the major shows in the country including the London Orchid Show, Harrogate Flower Show and RHS Tatton along with a number of shows organised by individual orchid societies and the Alpine Garden Society. The highlight is the Malvern International Orchid Show which is the largest orchid show in the United Kingdom. In addition I give talks to organisations around the country. Look at the Events page for the 2014 list.
During the past five years I have been involved in a number of projects, large and small, introducing hardy native orchids into meadows, woodlands and other natural areas. These are on the increase and from next year I will be offering native bred stock.
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Please note I do not supply certification so cannot sell outside Europe.
Our range of Hardy Terrestrial Orchids Include:...
Anacamptis, Bletilla, Calanthe, Cypripedium, Dactylorhiza, Epipactis,
Ophrys, Orchis and Platanthera for the garden, cold greenhouse and meadow.
If you wish to buy Tropical Orchids for your greenhouse or conservatory,
then we recommend you visit
Burnham Nurseries Website.
A few Notes from Jeff:
2014 continues to see an increased interest in growing hardy orchids in both the garden, meadow and woodland and towards this I am involved in two major projects.
At Lullingstone Castle, Tom Hart Dyke and his team spent the past nine months clearing one and a half acres of scrubland with the purpose of producing a grass area which could be developed into a wildflower and hardy orchid meadow. All the scrub bushes were dug out and the grass reduced to a manageable level. This spring will see the start of the introduction of the orchids, which have been sponsored by an enthusiast from the Isle of Man. The winter dormant species, dactylorhiza, platanthera, gymnadenia and epipactis will be planted March/April. Most of the tubers will be mature specimens which should settle in and flower this summer. Hopefully, they will multiply vegetatively and perhaps some of the seed with germinate should the appropriate mycorrhiza be present in the soil. During the late summer the wintergreen species will be planted including anacamptis morio, pyramidalis, ophrys apifera, and orchis mascula. If you live in that area then you might be interested to visit late May/June to see how the development is progressing.
My second project is with James Hewetson Brown at Wildlife Turf whose company specialises in producing a range of wildflower turf rolls. They provided much of the turf used at the Olympic site. He approached me last year with the idea of producing turf with growing orchids. We are currently trialling different methods of introducing orchids whilst the turf is being grown.
The Orchid Society of Great Britain exhibit at Chelsea this year will revolve around orchid species from specific areas of the world. I have been asked to provide cypripedium, calanthe and other species to show the distribution of hardy terrestrials.
Last summer a number of customers sent me seed of native species which I John Gay, Andrew Bannister at Orchid Alchemy are germinating for me. I hope to have some flasks available for sale in the autumn or early next year.
I purchased a number of flasks of dactylorhiza, anacamptis morio, orchis mascula and himantoglossum hircinum recently and I am testing out various composts to see which is the best to minimize losses.