Olympia Orchids is a small company directed to the external and internal market of national species of orchids, sown from seeds by the “in vitro” technique devoted to propagate some valuable species by means of their seeds cultivation in aseptic conditions on specialized cultivation media that has permitted us to put within reach of the collector species of orchids that otherwise could not obtain as well as the experience acquired in these last five years of practicing the “in vitro” cultivation. There are more than 1500 described species. These species can not be obtained directly from nature without damaging the ecosystems.
By buying our products you are helping us to alleviate the pressure exerted by collectors and deforestation over natural media.
Actually we are producing the orchid plants in special vials with one or two plants that are perfect for gifts and can be placed on desks or tables as decoration wich can be sold in supermarkets flower stands or any other place. Another product are baby food jars with eight to twelve plants each.
Among them were a lot of orchids. They knew their native orchids but they were surprised by the amount and varieties found in the tropics. They put a lot of money in more expeditions, some times even risking their own security to find highly priced plants. The people dedicated to the study of the plants had to make a big effort to classify and name them.
Importer of orchids
It was between 1900 and 1925 that the commercial trade of orchids really began and it was based in the importation of wild plants because at that time it was impossible to reproduce them by seeds and the only method known was by the division of plants already in cultivation. The demand for orchid plants grew in an astronomic way, some times importing over 10.000 plants of the same species. The importers realized that the indiscriminate exploitation could not be held for much time, leading the way to the reproduction of them in laboratories.
At the moment orchid family possesses approximately 30.000 species distributed by the world with exception of the polar zones and the totally arid deserts. In our country, Costa Rica, with a small surface of only approximately 52.000 square kilometers, we have near 1500 known species distributed over 179 genera. This is due to its tropical situation and its mountainous topography that provides a lot of different climates and altitudes. Also Costa Rica forms a kind of natural geological bridge between the north and south parts of our continent allowing the arrival of species from both sides of our continental masses.