SYNOPSIS: Easter,...for man, a time of re-birth. For nature, a time of revival for dormant?
SYNOPSIS: Easter,...for man, a time of re-birth. For nature, a time of revival for dormant life, with flowers springing forth to brighten the landscape, our homes, and even our apparel.
Orchids are our most expensive flowers, but in Taiwan, the man they call the "King of the Orchids" foresees the day when orchids will be as commonplace as roses...and no more costly.
Beautiful, breath-taking rainbows of color are being grown year-round in Taiwan in the orchid greenhouses of Lin Jung-hisen, (LIN JUNGSHEN) who took up floriculture as a hobby at retirement and found himself involved in a entirely new carrer. 100 varities of orchids grow wild in the Republic of China, but the flowers in Lin's indoor gardens are the product of scientific research... test tube babies developed at his white cloud nursery.
Lin began growing orchids in 1961. Within a short time, and after a number of costly purchases, he had 90 per cent of the verities grown round the world.
The hobby became a business that soon supplied Japan with half the orchids it imported, Problems came hand-in-hand with success. In nature, orchids grow slowly...a single plant producing only one bulb each year. A year letter that bulb can split in two.
Nature's process was too slow for Lin, a 66 old Chinese gentleman who was trained as a mechanical engineer. He set up a laboratory as antiseptic as a hospital operating room and began cultivating orchids by artificial cell division.
Placed in a sterile, vacum flask, the cells from the tip of the stem grow rapidly like a cancer, multiplying for six months.
Then the cells, now grown many times, are replanted and resume normal, healthy growth. In two years -- with man's help -- one cell produces 20,000 orchid plants.
Lin worked for three years in his Taiwan laboratory developing a formula for the soil the tissues would grow in. His method cuts the growing period from microscopic cell to flowering plant to two years...but it still takes a total of five years to create blossoms like these.
Lin has established farms in Somerville, New Jersey and Smithville, Tennessee. He now flies grown orchid plants to the United States... timing the delivery so that they bloom AFTER arrival.
Fresh orchids for Americans from Taiwan, half-way round the globe.
Taiwan's "king of the orch???" exports to ??? million dollars worth of flowers in the united States and in Europe this Easter season.