ANSU: more than Europe’s only Vanda grower

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In search of an orchid gem
In 1994, Steef van Adrichem traveled to Thailand to visit Tamlong, an entrepreneur who had achieved the first crossbreeding of a unique orchid: the Vanda. The two shared their passion for extraordinary flowers and plants. Steef wanted to focus on orchid cultivation, but with a distinct variety: the Vanda. This was precisely the exclusive variety Steef was searching for. However, there was one challenge: no one had ever succeeded in trading the elusive Vanda as a blooming plant.

What exactly is the Vanda?
The Vanda is an orchid considered one of the most exclusive orchid species in the world, often referred to as ‘the queen of orchids’. Due to its exclusivity and luxurious appearance, the Vanda is frequently purchased by hotels and fashion labels such as Versace. The plants originate from the rugged southern slopes of the Himalayas, where they grow high in the trees. To attract insects for pollination in these locations, the Vanda is extraordinarily richly colored in every imaginable shade, even blue—a color rarely found in nature.

The beginning of a success story
In the year 2000, a breeding and propagation process of several years commenced, marked by creativity and determination. Slowly but surely, the Vanda orchid gained popularity, first as a plant and later as a cut flower. The market responded with unprecedented enthusiasm, and the Vanda became a symbol of exclusivity in ornamental horticulture.

ANSU, initially named ANCO, expanded significantly in 2009 when Ed Helderman joined as a partner, increasing the cultivation area from 2.4 to 6 hectares. This expansion led to a broader range of Vanda varieties and international recognition.

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