|JUN HIZON, ONOFRE GRIÑO AND ZAC B. SARIAN|
Mangosteen seedlings are usually very slow-growing. But at the Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal, the mangosteen seedlings are growing fast.
The reason is that they have been sprayed with the Power Grower Combo, a special fertilizer formulation by Alfonso G. Puyat, which was recently approved by the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA).
After three sprayings at 10 days interval, the seedlings developed new leaves that are big and glossy. Many of them also developed branches even if they are only over a foot tall.
In the photo, the two gentlemen at left are Jovito “Jun” Hizon and Menzi Farms president Onofre Griño while at right is this blogger, Zac B. Sarian. The mangosteen seedlings are very robust and healthy. There are still more than 600 of them remaining in the nursery although many of them have been sold.
Jun and Onofre used to be both employees in two different companies of the late Gen. Hans Menzi. Jun is now retired and is doing his farming in San Miguel, Bulacan. Together with his wife Alice, he recently bought some planting materials of exotic fruit trees for his farm. Griño, on the other hand, manages a big mangosteen plantation in Mindanao, among other things. He said they will soon make jam out of the flesh and wellness products out of the thick fruit skin.