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2010

October 2010

Set up of the company Alpha Orchids in pot plants Cambria

(Image: AK48 Milmiltonia Sunset Hybrid)
2011

2010 – 2012

Testing of several Orchid varieties to control flowering & flower time,

collection of mother stock material 

(Image: AK192 Promenaea Hybrid)
2012-1

2012

First crossings are made, seeds are sown in several laboratories

(Image: the first results of 2012 breeding efforts; A17 flowering seedlings)
2012

2013

The first seedlings are back in the nursery; selection has begun

(Image: AK183 Odontocidium Hybrid)
of the first varieties for mericlones, called AK (Alpha Kloon)

2014

Colaboration with other Orchid companies results in the selection of the first AK Mericlones (Alpha Kloon)

(Image: AK25 Zygopetalum Hybrid)
2015

2015

The first AK Mericlones are back in the nursery

(Image: AK2 Odontocidium Hybrid)
2016-1

2016

Alpha Orchids becomes Alpha Orchids Breeding

start of Master study Plant Breeding at WUR, Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands

(Image: AK255 Odontonia Hybrid)
2017-1

2017

First fully own bred Alpha Mericlone is back in the nursery; AK99 Odontocidium

(Image: AK99 Odontocidium Hybrid)
2018

2018

Over 500 seed pods have been sown in different laboratories, besides Mericlone AK330 is a fact!

(Image: AK123 Odontocidium Hybrid)
2019 onwards

2019 onwards…

Many more, great exclusive Orchids are yet to be selected and discovered..!

(Image: AK330 Zygopetalum Hybrid)

About me -extended version-

I was raised at the country side in The Netherlands, at the nursery and landscaping business of my parents. There I already enjoyed the diversity of the plant kingdom as a young boy. I used to grow and sell trees and I bred and grew a variety of about 40 different gourds & pumpkins for several years. After landscaping college I continued studying Agribusiness & Management at Larenstein Agricultural College, where I spent a lot of time abroad for placements and studies, all part of this Bachelor. A placement in Germany at the company Orchideen Holm, resulted in my first job as a representative of the firm. After 5 years working there, I felt it was time to start up a business of my own, in Orchids.

October 2010 Alpha Orchids was then set up nearby Nijmegen in The Netherlands, where a small greenhouse department of 500m² was rented. Assisted by my parents, the company first focussed at the production of pot plant Orchids. One of the aims was to find out how certain varieties could be forced to flower in a controlled manner using the circadian rythem as target. We succeeded in this for Promenaea hybrids and the Milmiltonia Sunset hybrid, which resulted in 2 commercial interesting varieties, today still produced by my European clients.

In these first years I acquired other so called “Cambria” varieties from all over the market. Once in flower I made some crossings at the beginning of 2012, first just for fun. Surprisingly some succeeded and the joy of it made me intercross (a lot) more. I continuously collected more germplasm to enhance the mother stock of exclusive orchids and I created a vision of a whole new “Cambria” range of exclusive orchids for the future. However, since many crossings did not succeed, my curiosity forced me to find out what the reason for failure was. I dug deeper and deeper and finally I decided to start a Master in Plant Breeding at Wageningen University. By that time, the first seedling lots were coming back from the laboratories; selection had seriously begun!

Over the years it seemed to be more lucrative for a small scale company like Alpha Orchids, to produce young plants instead of pot plants, this is why the core business shifted to young plant production. Finally in 2016, I decided to cease all commercial young plant and pot plant production and to focus only on breeding exclusive orchids from temperate climate regions.

Now in 2019, I am proud to say to have developed a vast range of new, exclusive orchid varieties in Zygopetalinae, Oncidiinae & Laeliinae interhybrids and more!

Soon the number of crossings will exceed 4.000 and the number of test mericlones for commercial production is at AK350 and counting… Around 10 to 15 varieties are now in transition from test clone to commercial production clone, all to be protected by breeders’ rights. The coming 2 years I expect to triple the number of new, exclusive orchid varieties and take a substantial part of the markets’ segment.

My aim is to continue develop my exclusive orchid range in many different ways and directions, including breeding in Odontoglossum, Oncidium, Promenaea, Epidendrum radicans, Brassia, Cattleya, Dendrobium, Zygopetalum, botanicals and more. The varieties are meant for commercial pot plant production and should withstand the high demands of growing orchids nowadays, nevertheless not loosing eye on the final end consumer and its wishes. I expect that this refreshing range of new exclusive orchids will cause a small revolution in its segment, something that has been awaited for, for a long time.

Getting there is not possible without a solid and found collaboration with other companies and people. A common approach and sharing information is key in this process to also be able to lift this segment up to a higher base. Therefore, some breeding activities & testing of new varieties is done collaboratively at Orchideen Holm in Germany and early 2017 I started an even closer collaboration with the company Lansbergen Orchidee, from De Lier in The Netherlands. There all my orchids -seedlings and mericlones- are grown by professionals and screened by multiple eyes before they are finally selected by me for commercial production. Lansbergen holds the exclusive rights of marketing these varieties.

Please have a look at all the varieties shown at this website and find out if they fascinate you as much as they do me…

Enjoy!!!

Rutger Kloppenberg