Red Dragon is exclusively owned and produced by the Malbec Partnership.
Its principals are the New Zealand companies of Maloy Nurseries
Ltd and West Coast Orchids Ltd. The development of Red Dragon into
a unique cut flower has been assisted by research grants from Technology
New Zealand and Trade & Enterprise New Zealand.
Nurseries Ltd specialises in a wide range of bromeliads, many of
which are from its in-house breeding and hybridising programmes.
The two directors are Andrew and Rhonda Maloy. Andrew received horticulture
training in Scotland and London prior to moving to New Zealand.
He has extensive knowledge of plant propagation and nursery production.
Maloy Nurseries produces and sells bromeliad plants internationally.
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Coast Orchids Ltd is a premium cut flower producer. Currently it
produces Cymbidium orchids and the Red Dragon bromeliad. The directors
of West Coast Orchids are Drs Dave and Nancy Beck. Dave has lab-
and field-based technical skills, with a focus on the identification
of plant diseases and the development of novel methods for eliminating
them, including high-health tissue culture, molecular biology, and
genetic transformation. Nancy has practical field-based skills in
areas of greenhouse technology, plant protection, modification of
environmental parameters to ensure high plant health, use of agrichemicals
and alternate technologies, and botany.