Observing the huge plants at the HortiKultura garden show at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City has prompted us to think that one strategy in the ornamental plant business is to grow something unusual, big and expensive.
Just like the variegated Rainforest Anthurium of Yuyung LaO, for instance. It is rare and huge, prompting a business tycoon who is a certified plant lover to buy it at an undisclosed sum, which of course is not a small sum.
Then we saw the huge Red Hot chilli displayed by East-West Seed Company. It is grown in a half drum and is full of ripe fruits. The price? It was sold at P2,000, according to Katrina Fajardo who was tending the stall.
We also saw a really huge Alcantaraea imperialis which must cost at least P5,000. It could be much more. There’s also a really huge all-green foliage anthurium that could easily cost a fortune.
Who will buy such expensive plants? Well, there are people out there who don’t know what to do with their extra cash. And having a really huge and beautiful plant could be something they can brag about to their friends, families and even to non-friends or rivals in business. There are landscapers, interior decorators and gift givers who might be in dire need for such plants.
We also know of an owner of a really huge Anthurium cubense. Because somebody wanted to use it as a decor during a wedding, he had it rented for a few thousand pesos.
Now you see, growing a really huge plant has its own financial rewards.