|Simply Puerto Vallarta - Orchid Fever|
Laura Gelezunas - VideoDivaProductions.com
November 18, 2010
Like a fine wine, many believe orchids hold the same bouquet as a memorable vintage.
|In the Puerto Vallarta area there are more than 250 different types of orchids. Meet two orchid enthusiasts who are raising and rescuing these fabulous flowers. (Video Diva Productions)|
"They're absolutely beautiful," says Paul Sanders, an orchid enthusiast, "The flower can range anywhere from bright colors to very dark, somber colors, and all over this area you're liable to run into these."
Mexico ranks in the top ten countries where orchids grow naturally. Since most thrive in tropical climates the Bay of Banderas has its fair share. In the Puerto Vallarta area there are about 250 different species of orchids.
"When you visit the Bay of Banderas and Puerto Vallarta in particular, orchids are something you have to look for, they're kind of reclusive," says Paul, "They are especially difficult to spot when they are not in bloom, and so you have to look up in the trees, look behind the rocks, because there are so many places where they can grow, it is unbelievable where you will find them."
Going above and beyond, local orchid devotees help preserve the natural species.
"Rescuing orchids could be considered unusual," says TJ Hartung, Orchid Rescuer, "I go up into the hills, I find trees that have died or fallen down, or I find trees that the owners of the property have cut them down to use as fence posts, the orchids growing up in the tops of the trees are now down at ground level, where they will get eaten or washed away."
Local orchid lovers tend their plants with care and are very knowledgeable. They can tell you all about the blooming cycles, colors and what to expect every year.
This blooming jewel is among the most highly prized ornamental plants. Believe it or not, orchids rank as one of the most smuggled items world wide, right up there with drugs, arms, tobacco and other exotic flora and fauna.
Visitors will need a certificate for international transport to take orchids home, but according to our experts, they would probably not do too well in colder and drier climates. Unless you are planning to move to the area, you will have to admire these fascinating flowers from afar.
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