KOCHI: Belmont house at Vallathol Junction in Thrikkakara boasts of a huge collection of orchids. The couple Molly and her husband Devasya began orchid cultivation as a hobby to break the monotony of retired life.Fifteen years later, they are the proud owners of over a thousand plants and rake in a monthly profit of over Rs 50,000.
“We focus mainly on phalaenopsis, which we believe is the orchid of future. There are over 50 hybrid varieties here including elegant chocolate and black ruby. The plant’s flower has a life of up to 4 months and is therefore in huge demand,” said Molly.
“We bring a mother plant from Holland where our son lives and do tissue culture here. We sell seedlings too. The price for the seedlings begin from Rs 80 and goes up according to the variety,” she said.
When asked about popular misconceptions regarding Orchid cultivation, Devasya said, “Orchid is not a seasonal plant. It will grow well in all seasons in Kerala’s humid climate. All one has to do is care for it according to the change in weather. Beginners should remember that orchid is a plant which needs proper care including adequate sunlight and water or it will end up with root rot.”