Much has been written about the lack of success when transplanting native orchids. Because they need very specific types of fungi and soil to survive--and the requirements for every orchid are different--moving them to a garden, even one only a few miles away, can be fatal. Therefore, we believe orchids are best enjoyed in their native surroundings. Still, wild orchids continue to be dug and sold with little or no chance of surviving for more than a year or two in the home garden. NAOCC does not recommend the collection of orchids in the wild.

Great strides have been made in research aimed at raising orchids to maturity from seed, and nursery-propagated orchids have become commercially available. Our partners at the Native Orchid Conference have provided a guide to assist you in finding nurseries that sell native orchids. This information is not all inclusive nor is it an endorsement or recommendation of these nurseries. However, many support orchid conservation through propagation and do not collect orchids from the wild. We recommend that you contact the nurseries prior to purchase if you have any specific questions or concerns.

To learn more about NAOCC and how you can participate in its development, contact Dennis Whigham at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (subject: NAOCC) or call 443-482-2226.