Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines
The Cactus Craze hosted by Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines (CSSP ) , Bonsai and Suiseiki Alliance of the Philippines Inc. (BSAPI ) 2016 show had formally opened last April 28 to the public at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden ) within Quezon Memorial Circle.
winners of the attendance raffle for cacti and succulents
There were a lot of activities like small dish garden competition , medium size dish garden competition, individual cacti and succulent plant competition, table judging , daily lectures and plant bazaar .
There is an entrance fee of Php 20.00 general public and Php 10.00 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s . The show is until May 8 , 2016 .
Here are some of the Winners
Third Prize – Healthy and Colorful Gymnos by Mr. Lino Rom
Second Prize- Shell Bursting with Succulents by Luntiang Sining ( Ms. Norma K. Villanueva)
The dish garden exhibit showcase different kinds of seas shells , pebbles with combination of some succulent plants.
First Prize- Luntiang Sining ( Ms. Norma K. Villanueva )
Large Dish Garden
First Prize – Luntiang Sining ( Ms. Norma K. Villanueva )
small dish garden winners
Here are some practical tips on buying and cultivation :
There are cacti and succulents wholesalers at the show , some of them have stalls within Quezon Memorial Circle or at Araneta Garden Center in Cubao .
cacti and succulents prices may differ depending on quantities, species or varieties. Most of the dealers were from Baguio/ Benguet area . There are some which sourced their plants from Mabalacat , Pampanga or have their own backyard garden and thus they are more warm tolerant compared to the Benguet / Baguio dealers.
Try to change the soil/ media if the cacti and succulent come from Baguio/ Benguet area , a lot of them are grown in greenhouses .
Try to attend daily lectures or seminars conducted by leading cacti and succulent enthusiasts. They are a big help to budding collectors.
Try to surf internet and read books to know about the simple cultural techniques , the most common for collector is to over water these plants.
For those who does not want to spend a penny on the cacti , There are a lot of common and ordinary cacti which are grown in almost neglected state . Some of the stems can be readily propagated without any difficulties .