The Century-Long Scientific Journey of the Affordable Grocery Store Orchid

Atlas Obscura delves into a century of scientific advances which brought tropical orchids to your local grocery store. At the start of the 1900’s, growers began to unravel the secrets of how to germinate orchid seed, such as the essential role of fungi. Biologists started to clone orchids in the 1950’s, which would transform the industry in coming years. By the 1970’s, Dutch and American researchers were discovering that Moth Orchids made the perfect houseplants. Decades of continuing progress in hybridizing and science have helped bring down prices, and made Moth Orchids the most popular potted plants in the USA.

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