For a long time, imports from their home regions were the only option, to create a collection of orchids. Imports are still carried out today, but undoubtedly to a lesser extent and with a particular purpose. The long development of plants grown from seeds is eliminated; Imports usually bloom within a year. They are pure breeding, what kind of breeders. can be of particular importance. Ultimately, they combine the charm of the original, Untouched. This is particularly appealing to orchid enthusiasts and collectors. The preoccupation with plants from distant areas brings them closer to us.
There are two import options. In the usual form, the plants are collected at their home location and brought to Europe as quickly as possible. Today they only travel by ship or air freight for a relatively short time and usually arrive in good condition. With the other form of importation, the plants are "established" in their home country, d.h. After collecting, prepared for transport for a few weeks or months and then put on the road. This is particularly important in species without significant bulb formation. But since such have relatively little weight, their transport by air freight is easily possible and the price is definitely debatable. Upon arrival, the pieces are first freed of damaged or dead roots and leaves. The plants must also be checked for any pests that may be present and control measures carried out. Larger, connected clumps are expediently divided up, by adding a lead and 2-3 Bulben beläßt. Older bulbs will almost certainly have good reserve eyes, especially when it comes to imports; so you also keep the back pieces. There are two ways of treatment. Either you plant immediately in relatively small pots, or the pieces are placed in fresh sphagnum in bowls or boxes. When the new roots begin, one pots then – as described – a. In both cases a mixture of Osmunda-Sphagnum is used approximately 1:1 used or the usual plant material of a similar composition. Initially, only injections are made; Under no circumstances should the imported plants be kept too moist. You need plenty of shade and plenty of air to get used to. Under these conditions abundant root formation soon sets in. You can feel the progressive acclimatization also in the development of new shoots and notice with astonishment, what great energies are stored in the mostly very inconspicuous looking imported plants. Blossoms can often be expected in the year of import. First, however, the endeavor should be crucial, to strengthen the plants as much as possible. It is more correct, at least for weaker specimens, remove the flower buds by breaking them out, painful as it may be to give up blooming.
Orientation towards the changed environmental conditions – especially on the. opposite course of the seasons – happens quickly, as imports are mostly done in the spring months. An import of fresh imported plants – so such, which were collected directly in the home areas and not pre-cultivated – in the fall- or winter months is not advisable, as sensitive losses can occur.
Small-growing species are left undivided in larger specimens and mounted on a stable base with little or no plant material, z.B. Bark or root- or. Branches, as explained for the block culture.