Robert Palmer, our Head Grower, was chosen as the American Orchid Society’s “The Best Orchid Grower I Know” in the January issue of “Orchid” magazine, a monthly publication put out by the organization. Palmer was honored with a 9-page article which highlighted several of his accomplishments in his 32 years with Sun Bulb Company.
Legendary among Orchid Growers, Robert Palmer cares for millions of orchids at Sun Bulb Company. Palmer gained an affection for orchids at an early age when he worked at Sun Bulb Company as a summer job during high school. He enjoyed the work so much that he majored in Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Florida and came back to work at Sun Bulb Company upon graduation.
Palmer’s background in plant nutrition and frustration from dealing with unsatisfactory fertilizers at Sun Bulb lead him to develop his own. Palmer’s formulations worked so well in our Sun Bulb greenhouses and at home with his own plants that they have now been branded and sold as Better-Gro Orchid Plus® and Better-Gro Bloom Booster®. When asked why he decided to sell his formulation, Palmer responded, “We wanted to provide hobbyists with a low-cost fertilizer that was exactly what the professional growers use.”
Orchids grown by Palmer can be purchased at garden centers marketed under the Better-Gro® brand. Some of his favorite varieties are the Vanda and the Cattleya. Both of which can be purchased in Blooming Size packaged varieties and hobbyists can enjoy watching their plants grow at home just as “The Best Orchid Grower I Know” does every morning when he steps into the greenhouses in Arcadia.
You can read the whole article about Robert Palmer in the January issue of “Orchids” magazine published by the American Orchid Society.