Oktober 2010

Gründung der Firma Alpha Orchids (Topf pflanzen Cambria)

(Bild: AK48 Milmiltonia Sunset Hybrid)


Verschiedene Orchideen werden getestet, um die Blüte und Blütezeit zu kontrollieren. Die ersten Mutterpflanzen werden im Zuchtbestand aufgenommen

(Bild: AK192 Promenaea Hybrid)


Die ersten Kreuzungen werden ausgeführt & die ersten Samenkapseln werden in verschiedenen Laboren ausgesäht

(Bild: das erste Zuchtergebniss aus 2012; A17 Burrageara, blühende Sämlinge)


Die ersten Sämlinge sind zurück in der Gärtnerei; die Selektion hat begonnen

(Bild: AK183 Odontocidium Hybrid)


Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Orchideen Gärtnern resultiert in der Selektion der ersten AK Meristemen

(Bild: AK25 Zygopetalum Hybrid)


Die ersten AK Meristemen sind zurück in der Gärtnerei

(Bild: AK7 Odontocidium Hybrid)


Alpha Orchids wird zu Alpha Orchids Breeding

Beginn des Master of Science Studiums Plant Breeding an der WUR, Wageningen Universität & Research in den Niederlanden

(Bild: A201 Zygopetalum Sämlinge)


das erste völlig selbst gezüchtete Alpha Meristem (AK79 Alpha Klon) ist in der Gärtnerei pikiert worden

(Bild: AK57 Propetalum Hybrid)


über 400 Samenkapseln sind bislang in den Laboren eingesetzt worden, wir sind bei Meristem AK330 angekommen

(Bild: AK255 Vuylstekeara Hybrid)


Die ersten eigenen Sorten werden nun in Massen vermehrt für die Produktion

(Bild: AK115 Burrageara Hybrid)


immer wieder werden neue Gattungen in die Zucht aufgenommen, diesmal Cattleya & Miltoniopsis

(Bild: AK905 Cattleya Hybrid)


die ersten Miltoniopsis Sämlinge werden selektiert

(Bild: AK693 Miltoniopsis Hybrid)


mehrere Cymbidium Sämlinge & Selektionen werden in diesem Jahr getopft. Ich, Rutger Kloppenberg habe den Msc in Plant Breeding bestanden

(Bild: AK367 Cymbidium Hybrid)


viele neue Epidendrum radicans Hybriden werden getestet

(Bild: AK359 Epidendrum radicans Hybrid)


Zygopetalum aus der 3. Generation Zucht werden unter kontrollierten Bedingungen zur Blüte gebracht

(Bild: AK554 Zygopetalum Hybrid)

About me -extended version-

During my studies Agribusiness & Management at Larenstein Agricultural College in The Netherlands, 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, Alpha Orchids.

October 2010 Alpha Orchids was started 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. I succeeded in this for Promenaea hybrids and the Milmiltonia Sunset, which resulted in 2 commercial interesting varieties, today still produced by some of my clients in Europe.

I acquired various “Cambria” varieties from different orchid producers. Once in flower I made a few crossings at the start of 2012, at first, just for fun. Surprisingly, some succeeded and the joy of it made me cross breed (a lot) more. I started collecting more mother stock material and I created a vision of a whole new range of orchids for the future. Nevertheless, many crossings did not succeed, my curiosity forced me to find out what the reason for failure was. I dug deeper until I finally decided to start a distance learning, Master of Science in Plant Breeding, at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands. 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 company like mine, to produce young plants instead of pot plants, this is why the core business shifted to young plant production. Finally in 2016, due to my expanding family and start of the Msc Plant Breeding, I decided to cease all commercial production and to focus only on breeding of orchids from temperate climate regions. Alpha Orchids became Alpha Orchids Breeding.

Over the years a wide range of exotic orchid varieties have been developed in Zygopetalinae, Oncidiinae, Cymbidieae, Epidendroidae, Laeliinae, Dendrobieae and more!

The number of crossings has exceeded 7.000 and the number of test mericlones for commercial production is at AK860 and counting. Many varieties are in commercial production, most of them protected by breeders‘ rights. The total market share of Alpha Orchids in Europe, has developed up to an estimated share of over 20% within the genera mentioned before. In Zygopetalinae and Oncidiinae there is no company worldwide, that can match the number and diversity of varieties that are available at Alpha Orchids Breeding.

My aim is to continue develop better varieties in a wide range of Orchid genera. A vital component to make my varieties succesful, is my research in a climate cell, where growth is studied and experiments are conducted in how to control flowering. With success, several protocols have been developed for flower control in Promenaea, Miltonia, Dendrobium kingianum, Zygopetalum and Epidendrum radicans. For a crop like Zygopetalum, it instantly makes the product commercially viable and therefore much more interesting for growers, worldwide. Ask me for more details or explanation of the experiments.

Please have a look at the varieties at this website and see if there are any of your interest.


Rutger Kloppenberg

Founder & Breeder