75 Trendy Plants for 2021 in the Philippines (Part 2)

Plantdemic and the plant craze among plantiquarians, plantitos, plantitas, halamoms, batang halaman will extend from 2021 and early part of 2022.

Some plant farm owners and industry experts believes that there will be some price adjustments for some of the well loved plants that people fancy for most part of 2020.

75 Trendy Plants for 2021

Cymbidium Hybrids

69.) Orchids – Dendrobium hybrids, Vanda hybrids, Cattleya hybrids and allies,Oncidium ( dancing ladies or dancing dolls) hybrids, Cymbidium hybrids, Phalenopsis hybrids, Catasetum hybrids, Vanilla orchid, and native orchid species will still be popular among backyard hobbyists, amateur collector and hospitality industry will need a lot of these flowering plants.

Flowering orchids like Dendrobium hybids, Phalenopsis hybrids, Mokara, Cymbidium hybrids are in much demand as their bloom can last between two weeks to at least a month (with proper care and maintenance).

Vanilla orchid at Sidcor Centris Sunday Market in Quezon City

Growing orchids is still popular hobby and there are several FB group with tens of thousand of member, forum sites and other social media sites which caters to the proliferation of this hobby and how to grow these plants. There are a lot of misconception, myths and fantasy on orchids that there are people who still regard growing them as therapeutic, business, lucky, challenge or just for aesthetic purposes.

Aerides quinquivulnera species

Native orchids are also popular. However, there are some issues that one must always take into consideration. Getting your native orchids in the wild poses threat to the survival of many of these plants. Be sure that the orchids are from reputable orchid dealer, farm or had been cultivated for a long time by the grower.

Old cultivar varieties like Dendrobium Jacquelyn Thomas which was developed way back in the 1970’s, Dendrobium University of Hawaii, Dendrobium Caesar, Dendrobium bigibbum hybrids are slowly making a come back in the local market. These old hybrid cultivar varieties are quite hardy in the long rainy climate and their flowers are long lasting.

Vanda merrillii ( photo courtesy of Mr. Lebon Ong and Mr. Ramon Calado)

Some native orchids will not survive the hot climatic conditions of the lowlands, While there are some endangered orchids still traded online. Try to read books, magazines, literature and online sites which can give accurate information.

Native orchids and fern allies

For long time collectors and hobbyists would refer any jungle collected plants or orchids as Gubatum/ Gubatum Harbatum/ Hablotii.

There is also a surge in people interested in native orchid species, Aerides quinquivulnera, Dendrobium anosmum, Dendrobium aphyllum, Vanda sanderiana, Vanda lamellata, jewel orchid, terrestrial orchid.

Proof to the pudding is that some well known and established orchid farms located in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna,Davao,Cebu, Quezon and Cagayan de Oro are expanding.

What to look for ? miniature orchids, jewel orchids, ground orchids, old cultivar, crosses, varieties and new orchid hybrids are in trend.

Do not forget to visit this blog for more plants in the list ! Happy New Year 2021.

Sources, Reference, Bibliographies:

Hansen Eric, Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy Paperback ‚Äď Illustrated, February 27, 2001

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‚Äôs Farm, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Tabang -Guiguinto Plant growers, GreenScapes Garden Center‚Äď Novaliches, Farmer‚Äôs Garden Center -Cubao, Sidcor -Eaton Centris Sunday Market, Rona‚Äôs Garden.

For additional information of the 75 Trendy Plants in the Philippines for 2021 (part 1) please click the hyperlink.

RD Farm Vanilla and Cacao Plants Update

We have visited RD Farm several times , The name RD Farm stands for Reyes Despacio family surname . The first one was way back in 2012. For those looking for vanilla orchid cuttings and cacao sapling. This is one of the reputable farms to source your plants.

vanilla orchid

For those who wanted to visit the farm , here are a few guidelines set by the proprietor . I got some friends who visited the farm last week and they were amazed with the number of vanilla orchid cuttings and other tree saplings.

Contact Person : Mr. Yet Reyes / ( 0998-2785644-SMART ) (0916-3130156 GLOBE)

Address:¬†10657 Demarces Village, 4031 Los Ba√Īos, Laguna,¬† Philippines

Vanilla calopogon: A rare orchid at the backdoor of Metro Manila

Vanilla calopogon Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: p40 (1878)

Local Name: The Beautiful Bearded Vanilla, leafless orchid

Flower Size 1.6 to 1.8″ [4 to 4.5 cm]

History : There are more than 120 species of Vanilla that can be found in tropical areas of the world. However only 5 to 6 species are known to produced the vanillin extract which is essential in aroma therapy, food, cosmetic, baking and ice cream.

Totonac people, who inhabit the East Coast of Mexico in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico, were the first to cultivate vanilla. According to Totonac mythology, the tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover.

world map showing areas where vanilla orchid species can be found

Vanilla is a flavor derived from orchid species of the genus Vanilla. primarily from the Mexican species, flat-leaved Vanilla planifolia .  The word vanilla, derived from the the Spanish word vaina (vaina itself meaning sheath or pod), simply translates as little pod.   people cultivated the vine of the vanilla orchid, called tlilxochitl by the Aztecs, and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with introducing both vanilla and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s.

Initial attempts to cultivate vanilla outside Mexico and Central America proved futile because of the symbiotic relationship between the vanilla orchid and its natural pollinator, the local species of Melipona  bees.  Pollination is required to set the fruit from which the flavoring is derived. In 1837, Belgian botanist Charles Francois Antoine  discovered this fact and pioneered a method of artificially pollinating the plant. The method proved financially unworkable and was not deployed commercially. In 1841, Edmond albius , a slave who lived on the French island of Reunion  in the Indian Ocean, discovered at the age of 12 that the plant could be hand- pollinated . Hand-pollination allowed global cultivation of the plant.

close-up view of the flower

Origin: Unlike its related cousins from Central and South America , There are about 4 to 6 species of Vanilla orchid species that can be found in the Philippines.  Found in northwestern Luzon provinces , Norzagaray , Angat , San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, Rizal province in dry thickets and on trees in forests at low elevations as a large sized, hot growing climbing terrestrial with a terete stem without leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence .  It is endemic to Luzon island. This orchid species is a climber and is leafless. In my several years of cultivation. The orchid will become active during the onset of the rainy season by producing vines.

On June 29, 1890 , it was recollected in dry thickets in Luzon then later in 1918 Mr. Maximo Ramos collected some in the town of  Burgos , Ilocos Norte on July 20, 1918 . Some specimen was later discovered in Rizal province by Mr. Alejandro , an orchid collector by profession sometime in 1948.  The flower does not last very long, it only bloom 2 to 3 days .

My orchid specimen was given to me by a friend from the Philippine Orchid Society ( Mr. Reynaldo Lucas ) before he left the country sometime in 2008.  According to the book of Ms. Mona Lisa Steiner the orchid species used to be found in Novaliches , Valenzuela , Bulacan areas .  But with the recent developments , one can hardly see any orchid species growing in wild places, most of which are already converted into subdivisions, highways or industrial areas. One last hope will be the La Mesa Watershed area.

Vanilla calopogon climbing vine

The specific name calopogon means ” beautiful beard ‘ refer to this attractive labellum . Its pale greenish lilac colored flowers is a sight to behold.

References and Bibliographies :

Kew Garden: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-211860

Davis S. Reg, Steiner , Mona Liza 1952 New York , USA  page 239 to page 241

The Complete Writings of Dr. Eduardo Quisumbing on Philippine Orchids , 1981 Eugenio Lopez Foundation,  page 103 to 105

RD Farm tour

10657 Demarces Village, 4031 Los Ba√Īos, Laguna,¬† Philippines

Mr. Yet Reyes with his Vanilla  orchid  variety bourbon cuttings

Despite of the heavy rainfall on August 4, 2012 Рour group convoyed from Dr. Roberto Coronel house to Mr. Yet Reyes for a short lunch.  Some of the gracious members brought organically grown salad , ube- halaya , mango cutney , organically grown grilled chicken ,  pandesal, cheese ,  while some brought young coconut straight from the  farm.

group having a lunch together with Mr. Yet Reyes

I was thrilled to see vanilla orchids being grown by Mr. Yet Reyes, I have grown some native Vanilla orchids in our backyard , but not the Vanilla orchids which produces the essential extract.

Vanilla orchid climbing a trellis

He started growing Vanilla pompona and bourbon varieties a little over a year -ago while  some of the vanilla orchid had started bearing flowers. He started developing his farm about  4 years ago and started planting them with cocoa variety and other fruits trees .

cocoa tree seedling

Most of the first clientele were based from Kamag-anak, Kaibigan , Kakilala or  KKK system and referrals from satisfied clients , backyard hobbyists , weekend farmer , fruit tree collectors  and members of  several plant and organic groups.

latex-less grafted jack-fruit

 Mr. Yet Reyes gladly toured the eager group to his mini-demonstration farm at the back of their home.  The group was amazed on the number of fruit tree varieties , citrus varieties and even dragon fruit cuttings  that are being grown .

members and guests are busy selecting fruit tree seedlings

Greek oregano

He also have several herbs like¬† Origanum onites¬† ( Greek oregano¬† ) and¬† Origanum vulgare¬† ( Italian oregano ) .¬† The Greek variety is rare in cultivation here in the Philippines because of the climate with high mortality rate and low germination rate of its seedlings, thus propagating the Greek variety in the country possesses a challenge to the growers. Also known as wild oregano. This is a sub-species of the widespread wild oregano, and is found only in Greece, Turkey and the islands of the Aegean Sea. The flavor is strong, and hotly aromatic compared to other oregano . This is the strongest flavored ‚Äėoregano‚Äô. This is the species used for extraction of essential oils (oil of oregano).

Italian oregano

A great remedy for the flu or cold. And a great addition to salads and various dishes. The Italian oregano is more commonly grown variety in the Philippines. Italian oregano is favorite ingredient for Italian pasta, pizza and for aroma therapy.

Before the group went to the next destination, I told Mr. Reyes that i will be back together with a blogger friend who is interested in cocoa plants . For those who wanted to order quality fruit trees  and Vanilla orchid cuttings.

Contact Information:

 Cellphone : 0922 832 9183

Facebook: vetreves@facebook.com

Website: http://www.first-vita.com/

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