Motes Orchids

"Sophisticated shoppers stop at Motes Orchids..." -Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

A lot of what we do is unconventional, so we've tried to give you some insights into our business here and answer some frequently asked questions.

Are you open to the public?

The short answer is: no. We are not open to the public on a regular basis. The long answer is a little more complex. We do almost all of our business online. However, we are open twice a year for the Redland Open Houses, a special sale and lecture series that we do with our partners in the Redland Professional Orchid Growers Association, our co-hosts for the Redland International Orchid Festival. You can see us at Redland or at the other major orchid festival we organize, the Tamiami International Orchid Festival.

I still want to come to your nursery.

If you place an order on our website for $200 or more and use the code PICKUP, we will arrange for you to come to the nursery to pick up your plants and get a tour.  

Where do you ship?

We can ship almost all of our plants worldwide. With that said, shipping internationally and to Hawaii involves additional costs, minimum orders, and cannot be done through the website. 

Why aren't you selling a plant I want?

All orchids are living things and they cannot be produced on demand. Modern mass production of orchids for big box stores has distorted this reality through the constant tiered production of masses of the same plant, but it is simply impossible to do that, even for large scale operations, with more than a handful of plants. There is a life cycle to hybrids: they get made, they are bloomed out, siblings are sold, and perhaps one or two are mericloned. There's a finite number even of those mericlones and once they are gone, they are gone. On the plus side, this creates a vibrant secondary market for orchid hybrids, in particular rarer ones like those that we produce!

Yeah but other nurseries always sell everything they post pictures of, why not you?

Unlike nurseries that are largely in the business of distributing imported plants, almost all of our plants originated in our labs. That means we have a bunch of plants that are part of our permanent collection or we are holding on to as the last of their type. So, we have pictures of a lot more not for sale plants. Other nurseries don't have the parent plants (the Thai growers they imported the plants from do) and they have no reason to hold on to any plants. 

Additional questions!

We'll try to keep answering your questions, feel free to send them in!