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Legacy Naming Club
You can be a part of our Akatsuka Orchid Legacy Club by naming one of our original Cattleya orchids!
The birth of the legacy series started in the 1990s when Mori, our founder & the creator of our Cattleya hybrids, invited a customer to name one of his original Cattleya orchids. Until then, he held the exclusive naming privilege. Previously, orchids bore names inspired by friends and family, always adorned with his signature touch, the 'Volcano Queen' variety name, proudly declaring their roots in Volcano, Hawaii. This shift marked the genesis of a legacy, intertwining personal stories with the allure of our orchids' Hawaiian heritage.
Why do you call it the Legacy Club? Most people who have purchased the ability to name an orchid, do so after a loved one—forever leaving their legacy behind in the orchid world. Each new hybrid is registered with the Royal Horticulture Society in England, which ensures that the orchid, along with any future clones, becomes a permanent part of the extensive orchid database, preserving its legacy for generations to come. The name and legacy of that special someone, company, or pet will live on for years. It’s truly a gift that will last a lifetime.
What do I receive with my purchase? Your purchase not only grants you the unique opportunity to name one of our original Cattleya orchids but also comes with a range of exclusive benefits.
- Registration with the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS)
- Your chosen orchid will be officially registered with the prestigious RHS in England, a prestigious acknowledgement in the orchid world.
- Certificate of Registration & Photo Framed
- A personalized Certificate of Registration, alongside a beautiful photo of your named orchid, will be framed to showcase the authenticity and exclusivity, creating a lasting memento.
- Updates on Growth Progress
- We understand the anticipation of seeing your legacy thrive. As your orchid grows and flourishes, we'll keep you informed with regular updates on its progress. Watch your legacy plant from the moment it begins its journey until it reaches its first glorious blooms. We'll celebrate the milestones together.
- Discount on Legacy Named Products at Two Stages of Growth
- You'll enjoy exclusive discounts on your named orchid at two significant stages of its growth. These discounts are our way of expressing gratitude for your ongoing commitment to legacy.
Why is it expensive? To create a new hybrid from initial pollination to first bloom is a lengthy process that takes 5-6 years. And that’s not the end of it. Mori combs through these new seedlings to find the one that meets his extensive criteria to clone. From there, he will select the few (if at all) to clone. Only a handful of his seedling plants (each with hundreds in a group) get narrowed down to clone. Then, the process of cloning that chosen plant starts all over again. To get a batch of the exact replica of this new hybrid takes another 5-6 years to show its first blooms. The time and energy he puts into the selection and seeing a new hybrid make it a worthy investment.
Please note: Legacy naming will no longer include three seedling plants as our legacy plants are already in the cloning process, expediting their journey to successful production. This ensures a quicker path to having your legacy plant flourish.
Thank you for joining us in this extraordinary journey of creating and preserving legacies. Your contribution is not just a purchase; it's a gift that will endure for a lifetime.