Arid and Aroids Colors Garden Show in Robinson’s Magnolia

Arid and Aroid Event Management in partnership with Robinson’s Magnolia and Manila Bulletin had presented to the general public “Colors Garden Show” a plant show which showcases landscape exhibit, bazaar and among others.

This had been the main objective of the group not only showcasing rare plants and outstanding plants but leveling-up the horticultural industry to the international market.

Colors Garden Show in Robinson’s Magnolia

Robinson’s Magnolia is a forefront in promotion of fish, cat, dog, bonsai and other hobbies within their mall premises. This annual show hosted by Arid and Aroids had attracted record number of sellers, participants and quality exhibit. It was the place for plantitos, plantitas, halamoms and even batang halaman hobbyists to visit.

The general visitors and buyers came as far as Iloilo, Fairview, Antipolo, Bulacan,Pampanga, Valenzuela, Novaliches, Cavite and within New Manila, Quezon City.

Minimum health standard and protocols were met by the organizers. There was a BIG Sale of rare plants last February 13, 2021, one day before Valentine’s Day. It was dubbed BIG SCAM SALE! Among the big plant on sale were Anthurium veitchii and Anthurium regale

There were new varieties of Aglaonemas, Crotons ( San Francisco), Caladiums, Bromeliad, Philodendron, Dischidias, Cacti, Succulents, Anthuriums, Begonias, a whole lot of imported aroids and variegated sansevieria .

Well-known celebrities like Ms. Aubrey Miles, Robinson’s Magnolia officials and selected guests were there during the grand opening.

Sellers

Among the short list of sellers included Tres lola’s, Lots cactus garden, Crazy hardenera, Hardin ni wowa, Benguet, blooms&spikes, Cali’s living obsessions.

Sanseviera Boncel variegated types are again a big shoo-in again for collectors and ordinary hobbyists.

Overall, The mood was very festive and despite the quarantine restrictions, people still lined-up and bought practically anything they can find at the booth. Again, My heartfelt ” Congratulations” to the Arid and Aroids Team for the wonderful experience at the show.

Flaming Torch Blooming in Our Garden

Flaming Torch is called Billbergia pyramidalis of Foolproof plant, Summer Torch is again in bloom. This is a type of bromeliad native to Central, South America and Carribean countries.

This is commonly sold in many garden center and had been planted either on ground or as epiphytes in many parts of the country.

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Flaming Torch or Billbergia pyramidalis

Billbrgia pyramidalis in some large garden estates and farms, This had become almost naturalized. We purchase our first Billbergia pyramidalis in the early 1990’s.

We were able to haggle the price from Php20.00 per pup to just Php 10.00 since we bought 10 pieces at the Green and Grow Plant stall within Manila Seedling Bank ,EDSA corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.

Flaming Torch

The popular name for this bromeliad is “Flaming Torch” because the orange flower bracts and reddish purple flowers resembles a torch.

Backyard gardeners usually know them as flaming torch , red torch ,summer torch , red flame, queen tears, foolproof plant, billbergia,bubble gum blossom,candy blossom , hurricane bromeliad, among others….

We normally would plant the flaming torch in terracotta pots with rich humus, coco coir dust and some charcoal. We divide the offset at least once a year. Some neighbors who have planted their flaming torch on their garden soon realized that it would spread and would ruin the landscape.

This is an old time cultivar which is again slowly making a come back. Minimal care and maintenance is needed. We gave several dozen pots to friends, relatives and neighbors for the past decade or so.

There were at least a dozen known cultivar varieties grown all over the world. There is also a variegated form for sale in some garden centers.

Introduction:

The species is not native or indigenous to the Philippines. They were introduced to the Philippines from the United States probably just after the second world war ( mid- 1940’s). or even much earlier.

Water and Fertilization

Billbergia do not require much water, but they do like high humidity. The potting medium should feel dry when touched between each watering. You can also add water to the central tank. Use distilled water or rain water to avoid mineral buildup on the leaves. The tanks should also be regularly flushed and rinsed to avoid stagnate water. Stagnate water can result in pests and diseases.

We normally apply water soluble 20N-20P-20K in their tanks after watering them heavily , once or twice a month – water soluble fertilizers can be bought in any home and garden outlets. Dilute them to 1/4 or 1/2 the strength recommended dosage.

Propagation

One can divide Billbergia pyramidalis after it blooms or when pups are several months with small adventitious roots , keep them on partial shade area and moving them gradually to  partial sunlight. Since there are no natural pollinators which occur in the Philippines, It seldom sets seeds . Propagation is usually separating the suckers/ pups when they have small roots and are large enough to be individually potted.

Economic Uses

Billbergas are highly ornamental plants ,During its blooming season, potted plants with flowers can be a centerpiece in living room or focal point in one’s garden. The inflorescence or bracts carry several violet flowers which can last between 5 to 7 days in prefect condition .

Sometimes, there are available plants for sale at the Centris Sunday market, garden centers.

Bibliography, Sources and References:

López, L. C. S., Alves, R. R. D. N., & Ríos, R. I. (2009). Micro-environmental factors and the endemism of bromeliad aquatic fauna. Hydrobiología, 625(1), 151-156.

Steiner, Mona Lisa Dr., McCullough Printing Company (1960) Philippine Ornamental Plants And Their Care, page 56 Billbergia

Bromeliad Society International

Big Crowd at Bromeliad, Cactus and Succulent Show

Big crowd had visited the opening of the bromeliad , cactus and succulent show at the SM Mall of Asia, Atrium,Pasay City.

crowd

ribbon cutting ceremony

The exhibit will also showcase some of the newly created hybrid by Filipinos. There are also on the spot photography contest.

list of sellers

tillandsia exhibit

potteries

The show began with ceremonial ribbon cutting with 60 booths selling different kinds of plant from ordinary cacti, bromeliads, tillandsia, gardening supplies, fertilizers, pots, orchids, carnivorous plants among others.

booth selling different kind of cacti, succulents

There were also daily talks, seminar and on the spot raffle for those attending the event.

Neoregelia Rodrigo Duterte breed by Ms. Joan Onari from Davao

Billbergia x Emil Yap III

One Million Plant

One of the highlight of the show, is the rare variegated form of Sanseviera rorida variety “Boy Ganigan” Regale. It is roughly around $19,440.86 conversion rate.

The show is in partnership with Manila Bulletin , Agriculture magazine and Arids and Aroid Events Management. For those who wanted to come, There is no entrance fees and the show will until June 23, 2019 Sunday.

Note: Photos are courtesy of Mr. Lebon Ong, Arids and Aroid, Mr. Marlon Valdellon

Taipei International Flora Show 2010

 

bell-tower with various bromeliads and ferns

All pictures courtesy of Philippine Orchid Society

The 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, this exhibition is an invitation to those with green fingers to enjoy the splendid floral displays and swap gardening experiences with exhibitors and international experts.

a wishing well accompanied the huge bell-tower said to the replica of Cagsawa Church

Philippine exhibit during the construction phase

The Philippines is one of the 33 international exhibit being showcased in the exposition  and likewise among the official participants to the Global Garden Competition . According to the organizers of the event, the  exhibit is one of the top drawers and is one of the most beautiful landscaped in the expo.

Philippine exhibit

The theme ” River, Flower, New Horizon “. The six month expo will run until April 26, 2011. The Philippine landscape which can be easily distinguished with a large bell tower which represents the ruins of the old Cagsawa Church in Albay with  lavishly decorated  red and white  stripped  neoregelias which is  a type of  bromeliad  and native ferns .

colorful ornamental plants, aglaonemas , phalaenopsis hybrids, anahaw palm (Livistonia rotundifolia ) accompanied by gigantic festival mask and photo of Mayon Volcano as backdrop

The area is surrounded by a moat which is surrounded like a river . The entire country pavilion  is a reminiscence of old medieval period during the Spanish colonial regime and to symbolized that the country is a group of islands.

sansievaras , dracenas , colorful dendrobium hybrids with Philippine made bird cages – Photo of Palawan underground river as a backdrop

The pavilion is enclosed with 10 meter high wall , which resembled old Intramuros . The booth also had different Christmas decoration from different parts of the archipelago which reflects the rich colonial heritage of the country.

This exhibit with different varieties of guzmania , ornamental plants and adorned with native fans . At the background  is the Banaue Rice Terraces which is considered as the 8th wonder of the world.

Religious statues like the Virgin Mary  dotted the colonial village  ambiance .  Christmas lantern made from capiz and complete with its lighting  fixtures dotted the major exhibit areas.

white sand pebbles, native bamboo baskets, shells, star fish and  bamboo fountain are part of the landscape accents which featured heritage houses of Vigan in Ilocos Sur

This biennial flower show is organized by the Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government and supervised by the Council of Agriculture.

white flowered spathiphyllum ( peace lily) , asplenium nidus , cryptanthus , cycad dotted the landscape .

sandy beach of Boracay served as a colorful backdrop in this pocket garden

capiz windows with dramatic lightning effect ,highlighted picturesque Philippine sandy beaches , scenery, man-made wonders and colonial villages .

side view of the exhibit : different  paphiopedilum , phalaenopsis hybrids , Platycerium grande , ferns, Medinilla species and tropical ornamental plants

The exhibit showcase a walk- in passage way , where visitors can tour the various landscape exhibit with pocket gardens adored with different kinds of orchids like lady’s slipper , butterfly orchids, dendrobium , vandaceous hybrids and ornamental plants  like bromeliads, tillandsias, ferns, golden miyagos  among others.

Bell tower with sentinel watch tower ( replica of Intramuros ) at night

landscape exhibit is accompanied with  colorful photographs  highlighting famous tourist spots like the  Banaue Rice Terraces, Vigan Heritage Village, Hundred Islands, Palawan Underground River, Mayon Volcano, Boracay , Chocolate Hills .

Chocolate hills photograph with various aglaonema hybrids, dracenas, ferns

There is also an indoor exhibit areas , which King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flowers proudly exhibited their plants. A promotional booth ( Philippine Orchid Society ) which also doubles as a tourism booth also showcased the various tourist destination of country .

King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flower landscape exhibit ( indoor space)

According to the Taipei International Flora Exhibition website , some of the must seen outdoor gardens include Netherland exhibit, Sultanate of Oman , Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Fujian garden, Expo orchard among others.

Philippine Orchid Society promotional booth

Commemorative Stamp Issue : article from Taiwan post

commemorative stamps

The 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, which will be held from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, is the first international horticultural exposition ever held in Taiwan to be recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. The expo will demonstrate Taiwan’s culture and arts, its strength in horticulture, its concern for the environment, and its cutting-edge technological achievements. Apart from promoting the domestic flower and tourism industries, the expo will also serve to strengthen international exchange and raise the ROC’s international image. Chunghwa Post is releasing two souvenir sheets on November 6, 2010 to mark this grand occasion. These sheets are designed by Delta Design Corporation and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.

colorful phalaenopsis hybrids – Taiwan is the world’s top producer and exporter of this orchid

The expo’s logo is an orchid blossom made up of five human figures that seem to be dancing in Peking opera. The five converge in a tumbling rhythm. Each of the five figures represents a separate continent and has a different color—red, orange, blue, green or purple. Inspired by the seasons of nature, the mascots of the expo are fairies representing five flowers: the lily, the sun flower, the moth orchid, the hydrangea, and the tulip. During the expo period, the Expo Dome in the Yuanshan Park Area will serve as the venue for an “Olympics of flowers.” In addition to the nine thematic shows on exhibit there, an international indoor floral design competition and the Taiwan International Orchid Show 2011 (which is one of the three biggest orchid shows in the world) will also be held there. One of the souvenir sheets comprises nine NT$5 stamps, each depicting a species of orchid, for a total value of NT$45. The other souvenir sheet comprises ten NT$5 stamps, for a total value of NT$50. Each of the mascots is represented by two stamps. The logo of the expo can be found in each stamp and in both marginal inscriptions.

Insular Botanical Garden &Farm

This is a favorite place for plant lovers , horticulturists , trader or simply photographer’s delight .

This a farm had hectares dedicated solely on the production of high value ornamental potted plants and cut-flower varieties of bromeliad , tillandsias, guzmanias mostly sold in the local markets.

Tillandsia schiedeana variety major in bloom

Some of the plants are even exported in other countries . With the help of Dutch- Suriname owner and its partners . This farm is also haven for rare ornamental plants.

Tillandsia cyanea or Pink Quill

Some of the flowering plants therein: pink & green pineapples, sabrina [double], morgana, freddie, etna, tawi, talk pink, tillandsia cyanea, christiane, cotton candy, stricta [double].. and many, many more.

Dendrobium crumenatum orchids growing on a Dracena

The area had a lot of natural growing wild orchids such as Dendrobium heterocarpum , Dendrobium crumenatum among others.

There is a big pond were 2 varieties of lotus are grown (pink and white ones).

Tillandsia xerographica listed as CITES appendix II

Tillandsia xerographica-Native to Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala, this beautiful cultivar is very slow growing and easy to care for. The silvery gray leaves are wide at the base and taper to a point. This epiphyte is suitable for growing on trees, rocks, or just about anywhere. Can grow from 6 to 18 inches in height and about 6 to 15 inches in diameter. The flowers are red to purple and last for a long time. Mist well about once a week.

Tillandsia andreana from Colombia  among others. The plants are mass propagated by seeds and thru suckers.

tillandsia seeds

The farm is vital in the propagation of these two species of rare tillandsias.

There are hundreds of different varieties of plants in the farm. According to one of the consultant , the farm produces over 300,000 potted plants at any time. Some foreigners like Thais , Singaporeans, Malaysians , Taiwanese had went to the place and bought numerous ornamental plants either for their collection, landscaping and resale.

The company is into wholesale and retail business of selling these plants. Appointments must be made before coming to the farm

For inquiries and farm tour:

Contact person : Mr. Oscar (0920-9281796 ) / (09209521063)

TeleFax (042) 540-78-22 or email: scandor.elias@gmail.com / insularbotanicals@gmail.com

Address: Insular Botanic Garden Corporation , Bgy. Kilib, Lucban, Quezon Province

Notes: Those who wanted to purchase plants at a wholesale price, try to contact them. The farm normally do not entertain walk-ins !

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