Remembering The Cacti At The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden In Chiang Mai, Thailand

Your blogger, Zac B. Sarian, posing with Golden Barrels at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
View of a portion of a greenhouse where cacti are grown at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden.

When we met Dr. Surawit of Thailand’s Kasertsart University during the recent Hortikultura 2018 garden show, we casually asked him what plantsmen should produce for sale. And without batting an eyelash, he said that nursery growers should grow more small but sturdy plants that can be used as decor in condominiums. And he cited the mushrooming of high-rise buildings for use as offices as well as residential purposes in the metropolis.

Hardy cacti, sansevierias and others like haworthias should sell well to condominium dwellers. Admittedly, each resident will not buy in big volume but then there are so many rooms even in just one high-rise building that will need a couple or more small pots of decorative plants.

Then we remember the cacti that we saw in one greenhouse at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Chiang Mai. They are hardy plants all right, but what we saw were really big cacti, not the mini varieties that Dr. Surawit was referring to.

More Cacti at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden.
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