75 Trendy Plants for 2021 in the Philippines (Part 1)

Plantitos, plantitas, plantiquarians,halamoms,plant enthusiasts from many parts of the country are waiting for the next plants to watch out for 2021 to early 2022.

Unlike the last quarter of 2019 and towards the end of 2020, There are a lot of ordinary plants which became craze and fancy among many plant collectors. 2021 and 2022 year will be a different ball game and a more educated gardening public will be always on a look-out for plants to propagate and grow.

75 Trendy Plants for 2021

75.) Christmas Aglaonema hybrids– pink, reddish colored aglaonema and anything with spots. Some of the cultivars are old time hybrids grown in the country. While there are exciting new aglaonema hybrids developed in Thailand, Taiwan (ROC), Malaysia,Cambodia, Vietnam, Costa Farm and elsewhere. Lunar Chinese New Year 2021 will be celebrated on February 12, 2021 and this will drive -up the demand for more of these “La Swerte” or Chinese Evergreen in the market.

Photo courtesy of : Suan Unyamanee

Plant collectors and those who believe in feng shui will surely drive the prices of the reddish, pinkish,those with spots and new hybrids. Practitioners believes that having several plants inside one’s home will surely drive negative chi away.

Coleus blumei hybrid

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74.) Coleus blumei hybrids ( aka Mayana) Plectranthus scutellarioides – This had different colors and is considered as a medicinal plant ages ago. This can be grown in partial shade, semi-indoor locations or sometimes grown as hedge plant all over the country. A proprietor in small garden stall within Quezon City had to keep on propagating mayana plant in order to supply their growing clientele. Their supplier from Tabang- Guiguinto, Bulacan always ran out of stock.

A recent big discount sale at Philvirra Homes near Project 8 in Quezon City also drew record buyers for their Coleus blumei hybrids.

Euphorbia milii hybrid

73.) Euphorbia milii hybrids- which are different color types of Euphorbia milii and Euphorbia lophogona hybrids which are more popularly called ( Corona de Cristo, Crown of thorns, Christ’s thorn) have flowers that grow in clusters of brilliant blooms. They are considered indestructible because they can grow year-round on a sunny windowsill in a warm, bright location, tolerating long periods of dryness.

They are in demand as flowering and curiosity plant in the country way back from 2005 to mid-2007, When local farm propagators imported a lot of varieties from neighboring Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan. The hybrid had a short come back around 2016 to 2018 when more hardy types or those which did not rot in the care of the propagators for the past several years.

72.) Dracena marginata – Locally called as Dragon’s tree, Lucky Dragon, Madagascar’s dragon tree among local growers, This is a relative of the more popular snake plant/mother’s in law tongue or formerly called Sanseviera. The ordinary ones are quite affordable in the local market and are used in dish garden, terrarium and stems are grown in water culture.

People are always in a look-out for the variegated types and those with compact leaves. Chinese, Thai, Indonesians, Singaporeans, Indians, Europeans and other Southeast Asian countries have a fancy for these types of plants. They are quite hardy and can be propagated via cuttings or rooted on water.

The popularity of these plants will surely be trendy and people will still propagate these plants.

71.) Tillandsia species and hybrids- Tillandsia are known as air plants and close relative of Bromeliads. For the past few years, small tillandsia species, hybrids and cultivar varieties have cause sensation among plant lovers. These plants do not require big space and can be grow within minimal care. Tillandsia fasiculata, Tillandsia capitata, Tillandsia ionantha are some of the popular ones grown by beginners and even seasoned collectors. They will still be popular in the market as almost all plant center stalls would carry at least few species or hybrids.

Epiphyllum oxypetalum or Queen of the night

70.) Epiphyllum oxypetalum ( Dutchman’s pipe cactus, princess of the night, queen of the night ) – This is a semi-epipiphyte cactus which is grown in the country for centuries. This was introduced via Acapulco, Mexico to Manila, Philippines during the later part of the galleon trade and one of the old time favorite among plant growers in the country. It’s blooming season normally coincide with the rainy season around late June to late October.

It is quite popular in many Asian countries Taiwan,Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, naturalized in China and many parts of the world.

A recent episode of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho aired on GMA channel 7 last November 28, 2020 featured this cacti plant which is said to worth at least a million pesos if properly grown with blooming flowers. Some old time growers would give a blink of an eye and give their expert opinion that there are many growers of this particular species of cacti.

Plant stalls would sell their newly propagated stems between Php 100 to Php 450 depending on the lushness of growth. A popular online selling site sells a foot of this cacti for about Php 888 obviously targeting numerology or Filipino-Chinese buyers. Bigger specimen queen of the night would command a few hundreds of pesos or at least a few thousand of pesos. But not hundreds of thousands of pesos or millions of pesos as claimed by some FB or online sellers.

Almost every house within our area grew this kind of cacti from the mid-1970’s to early 1990’s. Whenever this cacti is in bloom. This had become some sort of viewing celebration and photo taking opportunities by people who grew this cacti. There are also some myths behind the blooming of this cacti as one wish can be granted thereby propagating the plant will help the owner brings luck.

Some believe that it can repel the negative vibes and even ailments.

Note: These are just a partial list of the 75 trendy plants for 2021 and 2022! Happy Growing to all .

Sources:

Personal Interview among plant center owners, Orchid and Plant Lovers of the Philippines FB, Mindanao Avenue Garden Center, Fairview Neopolitan Garden Center, Cartimar Garden Center, White Plains, Bulacan Garden, Arid and Aroid’s Farm, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Tabang -Guiguinto Plant growers, GreenScapes Garden CenterNovaliches, Farmer’s Garden Center -Cubao, Sidcor -Eaton Centris Sunday Market, Rona’s Garden.

OTeaHamaru Stall Opens at Kingspoint Subdivision

OTeaHamaru milktea and takoyaki stall within Kingspoint subdivision had their soft opening late November 2020.

OTeaHamaru started with their milk teas and started their operation way back in 2014. They have stalls in Robinson’s-Novaliches, Lagro and Quezon City.

The stall used to be a laundry shop then plastic home ware seller before it was rented out by the current occupant.

OTeaHamaru Stall– Kingspoint

Robinson’s- Novaliches stall had since closed their door and move to Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag in which the proprietor resides.

When we visited their stall, OTeaHamaru had their buy 1 take 1 promo of their Taro milk tea for just Php 70.00. We requested the stall attendant to just use 10% syrup to avoid the overly sweet taste of the taro milk tea. Unfortunately, this does not come with tapioca ball or sago toppings.

OTeaHamaru Stall within King Christian street corner King Ferdinand street, Kingspoint Subdivision

They also have takoyaki sold for Php 50 -6 pieces, Php 200 -24 pieces within following weeks to come they are planning to offer okonomiyaki and other specialties.

When we visited the stall, some of the menu listed are not available and according to the sales staff, It will take weeks before they can offer the entire menu set.

El Pueblo One condominium

The proprietor decided to open a stall along King Christian corner King Ferdinand street near the famed El Pueblo One condominium, within Kingspoint subdivision and just within 1 kilometer away from San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Village, Gran Monaco Villas located in Barangay Bagbag.

OTeaHamaru Takoyaki

It is about 2 to 6 kilometers away from Goodwill Homes 1,California Village and Sierra Vista within Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Note: Promos posted in this blog are subject to change and upon availability of the milk teas. The author is not connected within the management nor the operations of the stall.

Address: Stall -B King Christian street corner King Ferdinand street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Operations: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm everyday

Contact : 0966-4165760

Promo : They have free delivery within El Pubelo One condominium, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Opening of Chong’s Chicken Inasal within Kingspoint Subdivision

Chong’s Chicken inasal is grilling their famous Kapampangan style chicken inasal at the heart of Katipunan Avenue street food within Kingspoint subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Chong’s Chicken Inasal

chicken inasal is quite popular in the towns of Arayat, Magalang in Pampanga province. The proprietors wanted to bring the Kapampangan way of grilling chicken within the Kingspoint subdivision community.

The taste is milder compared to the usual inasal of Bacolod and Iloilo. There is free calamansi, toyo ( soy sauce) and chicken oil for every purchase of their chicken inasal.

There are two price range -chicken drumstick and thigh for Php 65 and chicken breast and wings for Php 70

The grilling station is near El Pueblo One condominium, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan townhomes, Kingsville and Goodwill Homes 1

Chong’s Chicken Inasal ( in front of Cerdon’s Eatery and beside Holy Child Academy-Kingspoint)

Operations : Everyday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm until supply last

Address: Lot 8, Block 26, Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City ( in front of Cerdon’s Eatery)

Opening of AgriKultura Farmers Market in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

AgriKultura Farmers Market open to serve customer who lives within Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

The farmers market used to be known as Doris Wong Chinese Food stall before the coronavirus 2019 lock down last march.

AgriKultura Farmers Market

The concept of the AgriKultura Farmer Market is to bring fresh vegetables, meat, poultry, spices, fish, fruits and basic food essentials like rice, sugar, salt, soy sauce, sauce, cooking oil, honey to the general public who had a hard time buying fresh produce in public market at a reasonable price.

Mr. Narco Atienza -manager of AgriKultura Farmers Market

There are two sections of the market, one caters to retail/ per kilo and wholesale- those purchasing per sack or more.

The organizers are planning to add live potting plants and herbs among other produce in the following weeks.

The farmers market is located just beside Don C Lechon manok and liempo and near Goodwill Homes community center.

Those living within Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Town homes, Grand Monaco Villas, El Pueblo One condominium, Kingsville (Barangay Bagbag), Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Sierra Vista, Torres Village (Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon) and immediate surrounding may try to visit this farmers depo.

Note: The author is not the owner and is not connected with the management of the AgriKultura Market

AgriKultura Market

Address : Lot 1, Block 3, Katipunan Avenue,Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact : 0906 430 4599

Operations : Everyday from 5:00am to 9:00pm

Green Scape Center in Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway, Novaliches

Green Scape Plant Canter recently open their doors to the general public. The soft opening happened last November 9, 2020 with a little over half a dozen plant stalls selling many kinds of ornamental plants, soil, plastic pots, plastic plants, orchids, tillandsias, caladiums, poinsettias, cacti, succulents, culinary herbs, guzmania, philodendron, dracena,indoor plants among others.

plant stalls

Green Scape Plant Center

caladiums,aglaonemas, philodendron,asplenium nidus, plastic pots and poinsettias for sale

Green Scape Plant Center was envisioned to cater the plant lovers, plantitos, plantitas, halamoms, platiquarians and city folks within Barangay Ugong ( Valenzuela), Barangay Bagbag, Barangay Talipapa, Sauyo road and adjacent barangays within Novaliches. The area had stalls selling all sort of t-shirts and cheap shoes,before it was converted into a garden center.

Dracena fragants, aglaonemas, guzmania, ornamental pandanus, crotons and culinary herbs

This is just about 1.5 kilometer away from Mindanao Avenue Garden Center within Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City. It is just about 500 meters from Sauyo road.

There were fewer plant selection compared to Cedarhills Garden Center along Mother Ignacia Avenue.

Some of the plant stall tenants have also other stalls in Quezon Memorial Circle , Araneta Garden Center, Cubao in Quezon City.

Emz & Athan Flower Shop and Garden

Contact : 0938-2636722 SMART / 0915-642-7971

I have met Mr. Bal Brutas (0961-5226879) for inquiries and landscaping job

Green Scape Garden Center is not completely filled-up. Customers might have a hard time looking for amble parking area.

Note: Compared to the bigger plant center in other parts of Metro Manila, the plant stalls offer few selection of plants, pots and soil medium for sale.

Address: Green Scape Garden Center

Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway, Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City ( In front of Hortaleza Beauty Center)

Operations: Everyday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm depending on the stalls

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