Touched upon in our very first blog post, traditional plant tissue culture requires a completely closed off environment free of microbial presence. You may have noticed that every single one of our plant terrariums, including the Venus Flytraps, Celosia Flowers, and one miniature Oncidium orchid are all in a closed self sustaining environment, as traditional plant tissue culture calls for.
From the inception of my idea in 2014 to 2016, all of our plants were produced in my home. During this time, as a bootstrapping entrepreneur, I used personal savings to fund a small plant growth room and a mini lab. At the start of 2017, we were fortunate to have won a grant from the NC IDEA foundation, that enabled us to finally have funding to move into a factory space in Morrisville. This gave us the space and resources to meet our growing demand and explore more plant varieties to offer you.
At the start of my venture, I had just left my job as a head scientist in a plant biotech startup with one goal in mind: To make the notorious fragile orchid easy to care for even those with brown thumbs. The one solution staring me in the face was tissue culture, an application not yet applied to the consumer retail space. Plant tissue culture is a technique that is widely used in plant research to grow and propagate all types of plants. The plants are rooted in a gel medium which contains all the necessary nutrients to grow. Depending on species requirements, the gel will contain different non-toxic nutrients, chemicals, hormones.