Mabuhay Orchid and Ornamental Farm, Silang , Cavite -Philippines
rows of lavander, rosemary , orchids and other ornamental plants
We last went to this farm in 2007 , 2008 on a field trip by lakwatsa ( roaming around/ traveler ) an informal grouping of a plant society . The Philippine Orchid Society also organized a field trip to Cavite on May 23, 2009. The group seldom meet after it was disbanded sometime in 2009.
Phalaenopsis schilleriana aka Tiger orchid
The farm also successfully propagated several species of Nepenthes ( pitcher plants) and some of them were grown from seeds or cuttings.
different pitcher plant species being propagated
Dendrobium uniflorum aka popcorn orchid
This farms specializes on herbal plants, annuals like zinnias , hoyas, dischidias , native ferns, native orchids, some orchid hybrids like Cattleya, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis
The are grown from quality seeds
The Real ashitaba and Commercial ashitaba
This is the real Ashitaba herbs ( Angelica keiskei ) came from Okinawa , Japan .Nonetheless, modest conditions for cultivation and fast rate of growth, with optimal temperatures ranging between 19 -30 degrees Celsius . As far as the author is concern, There are few plant nurseries in the Philippines that grow this plant successfully , The other one is the EDSA Garden House , herbal farms in Tagaytay and Baguio area.
Gynura which is cheaper compared to the real ashitaba . Ashitaba herbs cannot grow well in Metro Manila and it is a little bit more expensive compared to gynura because it is not easily propagated and it requires a cooler day and night temperatures . I think it was commercial people and propagators who thought that it was ashitaba and people sometimes believe them. It is useless to argue to people unless they have done proper research and have tried propagating the real ashitaba at their own backyard.
The one which is popularly grown and being sold at the local market is Gynura procumbens or commonly called Longevity Spinach, Leaves of Gods or Sabuñgai. Gynura procumbens has been used as “FOLK MEDICINE” for hundreds of years. This herb has been found to be an extremely alkalizing and miraculous antiviral, anti-inflammatory edible plant. High in antioxidants Gynura procumbens offers the possibility of remarkable results when it comes to improving overall health and longevity, and aiding in conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s also been known to significantly support the detoxification process. This plant is widespread in southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam , Cambodia and even in the Philippines.
Website : http://stuartxchange.com/Sabungai.html
Almost every residents plant this kind of herb in our place in Novaliches / Fairview and they are relatively easy to grow,propagation is by cuttings .
Taeniophyllum orchid with seed capsule
Note : The proprietor does not allow farm tour and only sells their produce at AANI Taguig Saturday and Sunday Market ( whole day ) and at Centris Sunday Market 6:00am to 12:00NN . The farm also accepts bulk or wholesale orders.
Contact : APO Wong or Mr. Jason Wong-09176333138