Peter Lin and Big Leaf Orchids: OSGKC’s August 14, 2011 program

[The following was provided by OSGKC member, Susie Hanna.] 

Peter Lin is an avid orchid hobbyist and hybridizer who currently resides in North Texas, and houses over five thousand varieties of orchids in his greenhouse. He has served as the newsletter editor of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, and has written phalaenopsis articles for orchid societies and the Taiwan Orchid Show.  He grows primarily phalaenopsis but keeps some Cattleyas, Vandas, and Paphipedilums.

Peter started growing orchids over 30 years ago, and turned his orchid growing into hybridizing. He started the company Big Leaf Orchids in 1996, a family-owned operation in Southlake, Texas that specializes in phalaenopsis orchids. The Big Leaf name refers to the leaves of Phals which grow in shady conditions and have evolved to have large leaves to take in more sunlight.  Peter takes an annual trip to Taiwan to see in person the latest phalaenopsis development, to hand select new varieties for his hybridizing program and for his customers. Peter specializes in growing phalaenopsis because their flowers are long lasting, 2 to 3 months indoors and longer in a temperature-controlled greenhouse. Peter has received numerous AOS awards, one of the most prestigious honors for orchids.

Go to the Big Leaf Orchids website to see the interesting offerings of species, primary crosses, and unique hybrids. The website also has a lively discussion forum on orchid growing.  Peter will be offering a 10 percent discount on all pre-orders for delivery to the August OSGKC meeting.

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