How to Start an Orchid Garden to Sell in Market

Orchids are really attractive. These exotic and mysterious flowers have captured the hearts of many people. These flowers are usually used for corsage and bouquets.

As long as you know how to grow the orchids properly, you can make money from it. In fact, you can even start an orchid farming business. Turn your hobby into something that is profitable.

If you have a big land area, you can convert it into a farming business. Before you go any further, you should first learn all the pertinent info about orchids. There are some factors that you need to consider when starting an orchid farm business like the soil, climate, fertilizer, and water. There are different species of orchids and you need to know or at least familiarize yourself about them. At present, there are about 22,000 species of orchids in 800 different genera.

Things to Do

Try to find a recognized and reputable orchid specialist in your area. Get the mature plants and orchid seedlings from such specialist. You can use flower pots to grow the orchids but you can also use barks that are made from a mixture of moss, sphagnum, fern root, loam, and peat moss. Your farm should have a greenhouse and this will serve as the primary place for storing orchids as they continuously grow. You see, growing orchids will take some time, probably about 1-4 years. Remember that you won’t be able to make money unless the orchids are in bloom. Growing orchids covers different process- from seedling to until the time the orchids start blooming. Since you’re going to maintain a farming business, you will need to hire employees. Proper care is necessary to ensure optimum growth of the orchids. The orchids need to be fed and watered. When the orchids are in bloom, you can sell each one for $20 - $150. To market your orchids, you should take photos of them and print your business cards together with the picture. The business cards can be distributed in your local stores so that the residents will know about your farming business. There are also society shows that feature orchids and if you want to be recognized, you can bring some of your best orchids in the shows.

Other Concerns

You can find correspondence courses online about growing orchids. It’s a good idea to take up such course especially if you don’t know much about orchid farming. Before making any orchid purchase, you need to have the greenhouse constructed. Find a local contractor who can help you in constructing the greenhouse because this is one of the most important things that you need to have. Even if it means additional cost, it’s still worth the investment because it will protect the orchids from any damage. Secure the necessary business permits as well to avoid legal issues.

174 Comments

  • RUWANTHI said on January 25, 2010
    I'm interesting in orchids and like to do business also. I want to get more information about growing orchids. Can you help me.
  • Vishal Sainath said on June 23, 2010
    Hello, I'm from India and I'm interested in growing orchid. Growing orchid to sell in market.
  • ishmael simon said on July 28, 2010
    i am ishmael from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea who is interested in growing orchids. could you please give me some tips on how to start up an orchid farm and how will it attract tourists to the farm and its spin-off benefits to the community as a whole.
  • kalpesh said on August 18, 2010
    i m kalpesh patel from surat, gujarat, india. i want to start orchids business. please give me some knowledge.
  • shamshad said on September 30, 2010
    i would like to know how to take care of the orchids and how to find out the buyers
  • Sham Mahadik said on November 8, 2010
    I am Engineer by qualification, interested in orchid farming. We have around 5 acres of land at Alibaug, presently under rice & vegetable cultivation. Have visited few orchid farms, would like to know more about orchid farming. I would appreciate if you guide me.
  • David Lucas said on November 9, 2010
    I have about 400 orchids in my greenhouse and need to sell them. This has been my hobby for about 25 years but due to health reasons, I need to sell them. My orchids are located in Gulf Breeze, Fl, near Pensacola, Fl. Please contact me if you can give me an idea to get these sold.
  • leslie manoj said on January 8, 2011
    interested to start a small scale business can i grow orchids in terrace at present i am in chennai pls furnish me with necessary details about the business
  • Shanika said on January 17, 2011
    Hi,I'm from Sri Lanka (Sandalankawa-Kurunegala distick) I'm interesting in orchids and like to do it as a business. I want to get more information about growing orchids & how I start it & how I get the market for sell. Thank you
  • harish said on January 27, 2011
    Dear Sir/ madam, How to Start an Orchid Garden to Sell in Market and profit ratio, climate area is coastal,planning garden area is 38000sq ft.please help me below my question.
    1. Initial Investment approximate
    2. how many manpower is required per day.
    3. about market
    4. profit ratio
    5. water facility
    kindly reply, Regards
  • ANDRIAPPA Govindasamy said on February 20, 2011
    sir i leave in Mauritius i want to grow orchids, if you can help to be a profit business company. regards
  • Bindu Nayar said on March 11, 2011
    Hello I live in Gurgaon near New Delhi. Please send some tips on how to get started with orchid growing here. Thanks.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 12, 2011
    @Bindu Nayar, Hi Bindu, Do you have your land already or planning for an indoor farming? There are also various species of orchid available in the market so you have to decide on what you wish to grow. Here are few basic things related to Orchid.

    What is the best temperature to grow orchid?
    Best temperature to grow orchid is 50F to 80F or 10C to 27C.

    How much light required to grow orchid?
    You require medium light for this flower to show its true color.

    How much to water orchid plants?
    There is no hard rule for watering but extra watering or list watering will cause problems.

    What is the humidity level for orchid plantation?
    50%-80% of humidity is best for these plants.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • hasuati p soni said on May 20, 2011
    hi, i am a consultant of greenhouse,loan,subsidy ,in siddhpur, gujarat, india, this information gives me good knowledge of orchids if some one wants to loan or subsidy,and greenhouse consultancy in gujarat please reference my email id then with regards. hasumati soni
  • Pam Ramdeo said on May 21, 2011
    Hi, I am looking to purchase orchids from India. Dendrobium nobile hybrids, Cateleyas and vandas. I really would appreciate the names of growers I am from Trinidad & Tobago. Thanks
  • Mrs Esra Tasneem said on May 25, 2011
    Hello. I live in Chennai. I'm interested in starting a small Orchid garden on my residential terrace area which is about 1500 square feet. I'm a housewife & interested in making an income out of it. Please advice. Thank you.
  • Irene said on June 4, 2011
    I live in Miami Fl and interested in starting an Orchid garden for business and fun. The area is about 2000 sq feet. Thank you
  • Swineetha Wickramasinghe said on June 10, 2011
    Hi, I Live in Colombo (Borella) SriLanka. I have a 20 perch land adjoining my residence. I am interested in turning it into a orchid garden . Please could some one e- mail me a contact number. so that I could get some advice to start on it. Thanks
  • Altaf Shaikh said on June 26, 2011
    hi i am From Goa, India. i want to know, if Orchids can be grown in a Poly house as compared to shade house ? if yes, what are its advantages if not, the disadvantages. secondly when do dendrubium orchids start flowering ? how many spikes does each plant produce in a year. thanks and regards.
  • nj said on August 23, 2011
    hi I am interested in orchid business ,i have 120 acres of land. so tell me where and how i get orchid seed, i am from south Gujarat ,india . orchid requirement like land type, environment , plantation . all guide lines please send me details .
  • sindhu kumari ps said on September 4, 2011
    I need help to grow orchids newly in my terrace about 2000sq feet. India kerala, trivandrum nedumangad
  • ransikaal said on September 9, 2011
    Hi, I hope to start a mini orchid house near my residence in sri lanka. Please make me know about suitable verities to start as a beginner and other tips to improve the farm and blooming.
  • Dilhani said on September 14, 2011
    Hello. . .I am a sri lankan.I am finding about how to grow orchids and how can we export them.so please help me to do this work.thank you.
  • Siddhartha Sil said on September 19, 2011
    My business location is Bolpure district Birbhum West Bengal India. I want to start Orchid business in this area. Is it suitable place to start. Your reply in this regard will help me to proceed further. Regards, Siddhartha Sil
  • bharat patel said on October 4, 2011
    hi all i am bharat patel from kadi ahmedabad gujarat india. i have 20 acre land and i want to make a green house in some land so i am looking consultants who give me information regarding green process and also loan and subsidy process.
  • mahesh said on October 8, 2011
    I hope to start a grow orchid.so how to cell my flowers in sri lanka
  • chittaranjan said on October 21, 2011
    want to start a flower farming. Give me complete details
  • Prem Devaraj said on October 24, 2011
    Hi, I am From Sri Lanka, Colombo Sub's, Am interested in starting orchid business as my hobby. Please give me more info. devgrafizone@gmail.com
  • Nilanthi said on October 31, 2011
    Hi, I am from Sri Lanka and I would like to learn more about Orchids as my hobby. Please send me information about this.
  • P.K.Andavan said on November 19, 2011
    I want to start Orchid farming as hobby as well as a business. I shall be grateful if you could guide me the "a to z" of orchid farming. My area is in Palakkad District, I am a post graduate and just retired from service. I have all the means, like land, manpower and finance.
  • Jyothi said on December 3, 2011
    hi, i am in Cochin, kerala, India. I would like to start orchid business. i have 1000sqft terrace area covered with sheet. i want to start with 1000 plants. So i want to know that the aluminum roof is sufficient or i will have to construct a green house. will i get any subsidy/ govt support? how much will be the expense. from where i will get the plants cheaper. what all plants i will have to start with. 3 or 4 colurs is enough or will have to buy most of the colours. any legal procedures will have to do before starting. please help me at the earliest. thank you
  • sachin said on December 22, 2011
    I am gohil sachin from Gujarat(india) i m interested to make farm of orchid on commercial level please provide me information that u have about cultivation of orchids please mention the climatic suitability of orchids....
  • yogesh said on January 10, 2012
    any one who want to know about orchid and how to grow in Gujarat,or any other region can write to me on yfm53@live.com. Orchid is business of patient,and absolute care-taking one.If you are to leave it to your employees,than forget to do it. I am already having 50 Cymbidium with flowers, dendobrium 100 with flowers, Phalaenopsis 20 with flowers and total 400 orchid plants. Yogesh mehta
  • kasun Rathnayaka said on January 16, 2012
    Hi, I am From Sri Lanka, Colombo Dis, Am interested in starting orchid business as my hobby. Please give me more info. rmskrokz@yahoo.com.. i want to start with 200 plants,Want to know about investment & A to Z detail.If u can send me mail,It's really great full.
  • mercy said on January 27, 2012
    sir, I am interested in orchid farming and there by make business on it. Where do i get plants and other information about cultivation of orchid in India. I am a resident of Wayland in Kerala state India will you please advise me accordingly. thanking you
  • Sam Chanel said on February 6, 2012
    Port Vila, Country Vanuatu, South Pacific. I would like to know how to start an orchid cultivation business
  • Merry Emmerton said on February 20, 2012
    Hi, this is merry and i'm from Melbourne. yeh i wanted to grow about 500 orchid pot plants in my backyard. Could u please tell he how to start with that and where to get all the plants Thanks so much.
  • Arpan said on April 17, 2012
    I have a terrace of 6000 sq ft . I would like to Terrace garden in New Delhi. What is required investment.what is profit margin per sq.
  • chandayea seetaram. said on June 23, 2012
    hi this is chan i love orchids, and i will like to start a small business growing orchid for the market. how to start? I am from Trinidad West Indies.
  • Shermila said on June 27, 2012
    Hi, I'm Shermila from Sri Lanka, Colombo. Interested orchid farming and go for business level later on. I'm planing to construct a green house on top of terrace. I really appreciate if you can guide me to start this. Thank you, Best regards, Shermila.
  • Sahana De Silva said on July 7, 2012
    I'm Sahana ,From Colombo ,Sri lanka .need Contact from Somebody import orchids plant from Thailand. hope to import some orchid plants. so orchid lovers can add my FB rofile, (Exotic Orchids). we can share ideas there. thanks. sahana
  • Noel Garcia said on July 8, 2012
    I have over 300 orchids, and over 1,000 seedlings of different species; I have not started any business yet, but hope some day to continue producing for the Local Markets of Aguadilla City, in Puerto Rico. I have a large open garage where the wind flows in/out easily, and blocks out some sun light; orchids grow very well here. Inclusive, I have one acre of land, a huge back yard and two side yards that I can convert into a huge nursery. All my orchids are on over 100 on palm trees, around 60 on the Avocado tree, and several on different species of trees, and they all grow well, flowing throughout the year; the ones outdoors, I don't even water as we get a lot of rain here on the Island. I am interested in more information on how to purchase more seedlings without going thru U.S. Agriculture. Perhaps buying seedling in flask, as they are sterilized already. Thank you
  • Panchamalar said on July 22, 2012
    I live in Chennai,India.I am very interested in growing orchids at home,not for profit but out of mere interest.Can you help me?
  • Chaminda Arangala Dinumin Flora (Pvt) Ltd said on July 28, 2012
    I am Chaminda Arangala I have a Denrobium Orchid nursery of 18000 plants. I need your advise and help to get the maximum profit. I feel the pattern of feeding is wrong I have an idea of applying hormones so your advise is highly appreciated. DINUMIN FLORA
  • Vijith said on August 28, 2012
    I'm living in central province Kandy city in sri lanka and hope to start a orchid plantation , I'm owner of 40 perches land and a 50'x25' green house.P/s help me. Thanks-Vijith
  • lekshmicpillai said on August 31, 2012
    pls give me some guidelines for orchid cultivation. my terrace area is 1000 sq.ft. I am ready to invest the required money.
  • sewwandi gunasinghe said on September 2, 2012
    Hi, I'm from Sri Lanka. I want to know information about, how to grow orchids & how can we export them. So ,please advise me. Thank you......
  • Alan Umadhay said on September 11, 2012
    Hi, I'm from Iloilo City Philippines. I'm planning to engage business in Orchids farming. Please help me how and how to make a orchids fertilizer. And help me how build the greenhouse for the orchids. thank you very much.
  • Ayomi said on September 27, 2012
    Hii, i'm from sri lanka and i wish to start a business to sell orchid flowers. so, i'm expecting your help to plan and start my business comfortably. Thanks a lot...
  • Kizito Paul said on September 27, 2012
    Am from kampala uganda east africa. i've grown cymbidium orchids for over 5 years no flowers. am requesting a detailed preparation of the soil media and feeding, being in the tropics do i need to put them in the greenhouse? thanks for the good work
  • Dilini said on October 7, 2012
    Hi, i'm from sri lanka. I wish to start to sell orchid flowers. Please help me. because of the i'm expecting your experience and ideas how to start this business and how to get sell opportunities international and local market. thank your very much.
  • JOYDEEP BHATTACHARYA said on October 11, 2012
    DEAR SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME HOW TO CULTURE ORCHIDS IN GREEN HOUSE. JOYDEEP BHATTACHARYA, SILCHAR, ASSAM. INDIA PHONE: +91 9531020092
  • lokubalasuriya said on October 12, 2012
    I am from srilanka i wish to start sell orchids flowers i want your help to start my business & green house. pls help me
  • Athula said on October 19, 2012
    I am working in Oman next year i wish to start orchids house in sri lanka i have land in padukka 40 pch please help me
  • v m jagtap said on October 24, 2012
    I am interested to do orchid farming, I have my own land near pune (Maharahtra). There is ample water source. I am interested in growing orchids and selling them. I need guidance for the same. Can u guide me.my cell no. is 9822430797.
  • JOSE said on October 30, 2012
    i am a grower and seller of orchids in cochin. i can advise on orchid growing ,the varieties to select and the marketing of the orchids, on orchid house , fertilizer and diseases affecting orchids mail me joseearayil@yahoo.co.in
  • Bobby said on November 1, 2012
    I am from Trichur, shall i get any good orchid importer contact details in India/Kerala? Thanks,
  • Danushka Chaturanga said on November 2, 2012
    Hi.. I live in sri lanka colombo dis (Athurugiriya). I hope to growth orchid as a business. I have 20 perch land but I have no idea and information to start the business. I want your help start my business. Also I like to invite all friends then we can chat and exchange idea about orchids. please E mail me mavdanu@gmail.com
  • nittinsubramanian said on November 4, 2012
    hi... am from sivagangai, i have interest in orchid farming and business also. this? where can i get all information about orchid farming? approximately how much we want invest in this business?
  • P.Ratnayake said on November 14, 2012
    Interested to buy orchid plants. If interested Pls. send SMS to 0777822321 withing colombo in sri lanka.
  • nishadi said on November 18, 2012
    i am srilankan. i wish to start sell orchid flowers. plz tell me informatoins about that. how to start it
  • Danushka said on November 25, 2012
    I Want to buy orchid plants plz E mail details (mavdanu@gmail.com) withing colombo & gampaha sri lanka
  • Karl P. said on November 28, 2012
    Bangkok Thailand We have orchid 1" pot and cut flower for sale in many colors.
  • aslam said on December 2, 2012
    i'm interested i want some contact no: of orchid nurseries in kerala
  • shaju.s said on December 4, 2012
    Hello sir, I am kerala, india, I am interested to import orchids from Thailand. which are the terms and conditions for this. Can you give me proper guidance for this. which are the agencies that supply orchids in India.
  • s.k.roy said on December 6, 2012
    i am having 1 acre of fertile land in jalpaiguri district of west bengal. i am interested to know the details of orchid plantation and also let me know the contact no.of any consultant for poly house cultivation.
  • Sandun said on December 11, 2012
    I have Orchid Farm. Bt I haven't good Buyers, How to Sell each One $20.... Pls , Help me to Make the Market and buyers. Thank U.
  • David Jajo said on December 28, 2012
    I am David Jajo. I live in Guwahati. I am a teacher of my own school. I have a small plot of land. I want to turn it into orchid garden to make money. Please suggest, how to begin? what are the different species of orchids. I am originally from Manipur. So I have some varieties like Blue vanda etc. May you kindly give sample pictures of those species to compare whether that I have are those ones. Thank you.
  • Kauser Inndorewala said on January 10, 2013
    HI I am from Nashik, Maharashtra. I own a Orchids Dendrobium farm. I have around 22000 plants and they are in full flowering condition. These plants are tissue cultured and have at least 4-5 years of commercial flowering life in them. I am interested in Selling these plants with all the technical support and know-how. If you are interested please mail me or call me on +919850061383.
  • asela said on January 18, 2013
    i'm asela. from colombo, sri lanka. i have 50 perchs land and i hope to start a orchid farm in there. but i need more information and i want your help to start business. please contact +94715190899 or asela.jaye@gmail.com
  • sajeev k t said on February 6, 2013
    I have plane to start an orchid farm
  • jayakumariS said on February 8, 2013
    Hello sir, I am in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. I am interested to import orchids from Thailand, which are the terms and conditions for this. Can you give me proper guidance for this which are the places that supply orchids in India.
  • Joe said on February 20, 2013
    Hi everybody, I am from Malaysia. Anyone interested to import orchid from Malaysia. Our others services is seed flasking and tissue cultured. We have our own biotech laboratory and farm. We can ensure you our price is competitive. Most important we committed to give good service and maintain our product in good quality. Just drop an email to joe.vision2020@gmail.com for more information.
  • iroka said on March 2, 2013
    Could you pls send me more information to start a orchid farm as a business. Thank you
  • rishi said on March 12, 2013
    I want to do business and cultivation of orchid in AHMEDABAD, Gujarat, INDIA. Can you Please help me to develop my business to grow Phalaenopsis genus of ORCHID.
  • Solomon said on March 13, 2013
    Could you please help me giving more information to start a orchid farm for business. Thank you.
  • Phyo Thu Aung said on March 14, 2013
    How to make to bloom Cattleya orchid in Myanmar? Please help me information. Thank you very much.
  • anton naleen said on March 18, 2013
    i'm naleen from arachchikattuwa chailaw in sri lanka. i have orchid farm. but i haven't good buyers. how to sell each one RS:450. orchid brand is denrobiyan please mail me antonnaleen@gmail.com thank you.
  • Sinwa Naw said on March 18, 2013
    Want to learn about Ochid market plant. Kachinland in Myanmar
  • Sinwa Naw said on March 18, 2013
    Myitkyina Kachin State , Myanmar. We have many kind of wild orchid in our kachinland. I want to conserve orchid species.
  • Gauri Ghatmale said on March 21, 2013
    Hello, I live in Nasik, Maharashtra. Please send me the guideline on how to get started with orchid growing indoor plants & How do I farm as business. Thank you.
  • sanjeewa said on April 15, 2013
    Hi, I am from Sri Lanka,Panadura area. Can you please tell me what are the best varieties to grow? from where can I buy? what is the distance of the plants has to kept? is their is any effects, if I located the nursery near to my house? If u can pl. e mail me. virajsanjee@gmail.com
  • Janak said on April 15, 2013
    Hi, I am from india(Gujarat)i want to do plantation Orchid flower can you guide me .
  • Ranjith said on April 17, 2013
    Hi, I am interested in growing Orchids. As I do not know anything about Orchid plantation can some one advice me how to start the plantation of Orchids. I live in Kandy and want to start small. Thank You.
  • awanthi munasinghe said on April 20, 2013
    Hi, I am from Colombo, sir Lanka. I would like to grow orchids as a business so pls help me to get more info.thanks
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    i have innovative ideas for customized tree-plantation, theme-based garden, nursery establishment, if sincere, call me 91:9425605432
  • lata Aswani said on May 22, 2013
    Hi, I am from nepal (terai region), I want to open an orchid farm for an extra income, I want to know the cost for planting 1000 plants and whether or not it is possible to grow orchids in such a climate. if it is possible then which time of the year would be best for growing them. if not then what else can I grow in such a climate.
  • Jambe Jyangpo said on May 26, 2013
    I am interested to carry out Business in Arunachal PRadesh, Particularly from Bomdila, West Kameng, Aruchal Pradesh 790001, Experience NIl.
  • Kamal said on June 25, 2013
    hi I am a botany graduate planning to start orchid plantation in Tambaram and in Bangalore can you suggest me a the seed variety I need to choose also want a crash course to know about orchid plantation.
  • Dileepa said on July 14, 2013
    I am from Sri Lanka(southern province) and i hope to start orchid cultivation as business, I have 20 perch land and plan to convert to net house area. and i also hope your help and strategies for better orchid cultivation. thank you.......
  • Suresh Karunasena said on July 14, 2013
    I'M Suresh from Kegalle, sri lanka. I have 160 perchs land and i hope to start a orchid farm there. but i need more information and i want your help to start business. please contact +940716834891 orSuresh.karunasena@yahoo.com.com
  • Thakshila said on July 23, 2013
    Hi. I hope to start a mini orchid house near my residence. I want to get information about cultivating orchids. And also pl tell me about orchid specialists in our area & how to contact them. I'm in Katugastota, Kandy.
  • Anil Sanjeewa said on August 13, 2013
    Hi, I am from Colombo, Sir Lanka. I would like to grow orchids as a hobby & also business. So pls help me to get more information. thanks
  • S.Jayani said on August 20, 2013
    Hi, I'm from Colombo, Sri Lanka and I decided to start a Orchid farm in my garden, which is about 100 per. Please help me to choose a good variety and what should I do to maintain a high quality.
  • Kamal Gunatilaka said on August 23, 2013
    Sri Lanka, Gampaha. Need to know how to Prepare the greenhouse and the orchid beds. As a beginner, from what variety I should start? Any information about the watering system? Tks.
  • Sarath Wickramasinghe said on September 13, 2013
    Dear Sir/Madam, I have a an idea to start Orchid plant. but no any place to get training or any information. please can you help me. at lease can you give a information from where I can get it. I am living in Ragama. Thank you. Best Regards,
  • Susantha Mendis said on October 28, 2013
    Please send me the information of how to start a orchid nursery and from where to get the plants?
  • Mrs.M.M.Raban said on October 29, 2013
    I like to start growing orchids on a small scale in my garden at Jaela Sri Lanka. to sell. Please advise me. Thank you. Mrs.Raban,
  • Sanjaya perere said on November 7, 2013
    Hi I am sanjaya from piliyandala, Sri lanka. I hope to start orchid net house and I want more information About it and I want your help. Sanjaya 0773847734
  • tania avanka said on November 28, 2013
    I would like to start a farm very much. Please help me earn some money to our family. SriLanka.

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