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A collector’s item?

July 12, 2012

Tuesday’s orchid pick-up went smoothly. Thanks to first class help from four of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden’s staff we managed to select, classify and pack all orchids in just 90 minutes. We also decided to exchange orchid fruits between Dokmai Garden and the QSBG.The reason is we need the genetic diversity from seedlings, in addition to the genetically identical clones.

The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is really worth a visit this time of the year, with all the Siamese tulips in magnificent blossom. Due to the low season you can enjoy the displays without any crowds.

Back home at Dokmai Garden I made a first grouping of the orchids. It will take a year or two to identify them all, as we in many cases have to wait for the blossom to emerge. Due to the current drought we need to water the orchids well. Some orchid species could be identified on the spot since they display flowers, and some of these are destined to be mounted in the trees. To do that, I prefer using sisal strings which degrade naturally without strangling a branch like metal wire or plastic. The problem is, natural fiber strings can be hard to find in Chiang Mai. In fact, I brought 400 meters back from Sweden to be on the safe side, but if somebody has located a reliable source, please let me know!

A collector’s item? Natural fiber strings are much needed by the Orchid Ark.

Eric Danell

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 6:38 AM

    On the east side of the Big Island, in Hawaii, an orchid paradise, I learned to use nylon stockings or sections of pantyhose to tie orchids into trees. Like the sisal strings, they degrade naturally (from the action of the sunlight), and they have a broad surface area, so they may cut orchids even less than the sisal string. In addition, the stockings like the sisal string, come in natural colors that blend in with the color of the substrate. The problem is that the hose may be harder to find in quantity than the sisal string.

    • July 12, 2012 8:40 AM

      A very good advice! Thai girls rarely use stockings, but that could be something to bring back from Sweden too.

  2. July 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    We have bought natural fiber ropes, in different sizes, from Global, in this case in Udon and Nong Khai. Low price and seems to be of decent quality.

  3. July 13, 2012 9:59 AM

    Sisal string – why not make it at Dokmai Garden as it is not needed in great quantity?
    I have seen unsightly Agave sp. planted in National Parks and around forest nurseries and
    of course some sisal plants would add interest to the garden.
    More at :

    • July 13, 2012 1:10 PM

      Excellent idea! We should look out for some plants. Maybe also making tequila?


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