This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
To show the value of orchids we give the following from the Gardener's Chronicle, advertised as "unprecedently low prices:" - "Pleione humilis, good flowering bulbs, 3s. 6d. each; if a dozen are taken, 3s. each; if 50 are taken, 2s. 6d. each: a dozen would make a good specimen. The usual price of this hitherto rare Orchid has been 2 guineas each.
"Pleione maculata, same prices as the above.