Five Generations Of Orchids
E.F.G. Orchids recently celebrated its 80th year in business. A lot has changed over the years, but our commitment to overall excellence has remained constant.
Founded in 1939 outside of Chicago by Great Grandfather Carl D. Hausermann and Grandpa Erwin Hausermann Sr., E.F.G. evolved primarily to furnish the wholesale market with cut orchid blooms and gardenias.
In the 1960's third generation Ronald, George Sr., Erwin Jr., and Kenneth Hausermann joined their father in the business. With a decline in the demand for corsages and increased expenses involved with the 120,000 square foot nursery, this once lucrative business was on its way to one of many changes to come. The "new" generation had a new goal and direction for the company. They wanted to produce new orchid varieties to enhance the sale of cut flowers. This led to E.F.G. becoming the largest wholesale producer of cut cattleya orchid flowers in the world. Their hybridizing program produced crosses that are known worldwide. Among E.F.G. Orchids' most noted crosses are Cattleya Clark Herman, Lc. Everett Dirksen, Blc. Ronald Hausermann, and Phalaenopsis Wm. Kistler
In 1990, the change prompted the fourth generation - Ingrid, George Jr., and Carl Hausermann - to join their father George Sr. and mother Ursula in the business. In February 1990, E.F.G. Orchids officially opened its doors for orchid plant sales to the retail market. George Jr. had quickly become a well-known name in the industry and is renowned for his hybridizing of many new phaius and paphiopedilum orchids. In the February 2004 edition of an American Orchid Society Issue, George was credited as "doing pioneer work breeding Phaius."
In 1999, George Sr. and George Jr. built an innovative new greenhouse in Florida and began adding a wide variety of exotic plant species to E.F.G.'s collection. By 2011, E.F.G. Orchids had completely relocated down south and opened its doors to the public the following year. George Jr.'s son Quinton officially entered the company as its grower in 2018 and has decided to follow in his father's footsteps. Quinton implemented modern point of sale systems, redesigned many different areas of the greenhouse and has become very efficient in the propagation of exotic Hoyas, Philodendrons and other rare varieties of plants.
E.F.G. Orchids 1996 Illinois billboard. The boy with the yellow watering can is Quinton.
E.F.G. Orchids is located just 20 minutes away from Daytona Beach in the historic city of DeLand, Florida. We are open for retail Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. Additionally, our annual Orchtober Fest plant sale is held at our greenhouse every year from the 16th-18th of October.