At Orchids for Hire we grow our orchids and care for them naturally. We use natural predators and materials to fertilize, combat pests and fungus (lady bugs, spiders, neem oil, fish oil)
When the orchid petals start to fail we use the petals for centerpiece arrangements. Once the plant has finished blooming we return it to the greenhouse where it will rebloom in 4 to 6 months. The plant is used fully and the process repeated. We find this to be environmentally responsible. (recycling)
The use of cut flowers come with so many issues. Greenhouses in this country that focus on cut flowers often use an overabundance of fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.
These practices are even more dire overseas where DDT is still used regularly. These practices are unhealthy for our planet.