White orchids with Ti-leaf
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White orchids with tuberose
Must be used day of delivery
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Orchid & Baby's Breath (head lei), backed by ferns
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White, lavender & purple
(head lei) with rosebuds, backed by ferns.
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Vanda orchids are the popular lei orchid
from 50 years ago. The flowers have beautiful lavender petals with a
gold throat. The Lani is strung sideways so the throat shows, while the
Maunaloa is made of the lips only. Unfortunately, the Lani is a little
more fragile in the outer petals than the dendrobium orchid, while all
Vanda leis turn white if exposed to too much heat very quickly.
More about Dendrobium
grown as a hobby flower, dendrobium orchids began to replace all other
orchids for cut stems, lei flowers, and potted plants by the 1950's in
Hawaii. They have a greater range of colors, particularly among the
potted varieties, and the cutflower varieties are outstanding for their
longevity and hardiness. The University of Hawaii has had an extensive
breeding program since the 1950's, in addition to the hundreds of
dedicated commercial growers and hobbyists who have delighted in
developing new cultivars year after year.
The dendrobium flowers we use for leis are the culmination of decades of
research with a good leavening of obsession. These flowers may be
handled to excess, squished, hugged, exposed to wilting levels of heat
and still perform. The white varieties will still show signs of
crushing, but the purples hide bruising very well. They ship and store
remarkably well, which makes them ideal for commercial lei production.
Lei makers continue to find new ways to to string them - new styles
range from the Christina lei made of the lips, to various petals-only
leis that are very full and delicate.
More about Vanda Orchids...
Vanda orchid "Miss Joaquim" that we make into the two most popular Vanda
leis is an indigenous Vanda hybrid discovered in the late 1800's in
Singapore - it's actually the national flower of Singapore. This hybrid
was introduced to Hawaii, and became very popular and widely grown by
the 30's. Slightly larger and more three-dimensional than the Dendrobium
orchid, the Vanda hybrid was a lei-maker's favorite for many years. The
body of the flower is very firm, but the outer petals are frilly and
more delicate than the Dendrobium's. The darker purple lip of this
orchid is fairly large, and easily detached to create the Maunaloa lei,
which is very sturdy and beautiful. The Lani lasts up to three days
after delivery, while the Maunaloa will last a bit longer. Both leis
will turn white if exposed to heat.