GARDENER’S STRATEGY: Didn’t sell her propagations until there was no more space in her garden!

WE REMEMBER Swenny, the wife of a legal officer in UP Los Baños,  whom we interviewed in the early 1990s. We really admired her self-discipline in pursuing a self-imposed rule so that she was able to make an initial P350 investment grow into P350,000 in eight years.

HERE’S HOW  When the couple arrived in Los Baños, they were given a spacious house to occupy near the College of Forestry. 

One day, the husband might have noticed that his wife was rather getting bored doing nothing. So she gave her P350 to buy some plants  which she can grow in their backyard.

KAUMANA RED ANTHURIUM – Together with some friends, Swenny chose to buy anthurium seedlings. At that time, the Kaumana Red from Hawaii was the only variety that was available in the Philippines. The late Dr. Benito Vergara was selling his propagations at P35 apiece.

BOUGHT 10 MEDIUM-SIZE PLANTS – Swenny used the P350 given by her husband to buy 10 medium-size plants. From the very start, she told herself to propagate her plants but never to sell any propagation for as long as there was space for growing in their backyard. She only sold the flowers.

TOPCUTS – Swenny did the gardening by herself. She did not have a gardener to help her. Propagation is usually done by topcutting. After getting the topcut, which is repotted, the stump with two to three leaves will usually produce two or more suckers. That’s how anthuriums are multiplied. 

DIDN’’T SPEND MUCH – Swenny did not spend much in growing her propagations. Clay pots were very cheap then and coconut husk for potting medium was free from a friend. If she needed  some money to buy  pots and fertilizer, she only had to get some from her marketing budget.

DISCIPLINED – And so with her self-discipline not to sell any of her propagations for as long as there was space in their backyard, she was able to accumulate more than 6,000 plants of various ages when we interviewed her eight years from the day she bought her initial 10 pots of Kaumana Red.

P350 BECOMES P350,00 – The two of us calculated the value of her plants using the prevailing prices  at that time.  We concluded that her anthuriums were easily worth P350,000.

FRIENDS UNABLE TO BUILD THEIR STOCKS – Incidentally, her friends who bought their own Kaumana Red at the same time were not able to build up their stocks. That’s because, they sold their propagations usually at P25 apiece as soon as the suckers got established. (Zac B. Sarian, Memoirs of an Agri Journalist)FARDENER’S

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.