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Variegated tiessa tops Kadayawan fruit competition


By Zac B. Sarian

  • VARIEGATED CHICO AT THE KADAYAWAN GARDEN SHOW – Lorena Tatoy is the proud owner of the variegated chico that won second prize in the fruit tree competition in the ongoing garden and farm agri-trade show at the SM City grounds in Davao City. The show will run through August 31. The variegated chico still fetches a high price in the market. One customer paid P10,000 for a potted variegated chico that is about five feet tall with fruits.

  • FIRST PRIZE WINNER – The variegated Tiessa entered by Roslyn Dorado won the top prize in the fruit trees competition in the Kadayawan Garden and Farm Agri-Trade Fair at the SM City grounds in Davao City. The tree has yellow and green leaf variegation, and the fruits are also very beautifully variegated. The winning tree came from a mutant seedling that Roslyn bought for R150. It bore fruit for the first time in time for the show.

  • CITRUS WITH POTENTIAL – One fruit bearing tree that has good money-making potential is what the owner calls Tang lemon. It has round juicy fruits which could be used in making refreshing juice drinks. Unfortunately, the owner does not have propagations left for sale. He will still have to propagate some. This is a variety with a lot of commercial possibilities. Propagators could make good money if it is multiplied and grown into beautiful potted trees that could be sold at a reasonable price. The fruits could also be produced in bigger volume for making fresh juice in hotels and restaurants. Posing with the fruitful Tang lemon are Francis Flores of the Hidden Garden of Vigan City, Zac B. Sarian and the owner of the plant stall at the Kadayawan garden show.

  • AMERICAN LEMON – It seems that the nursery people in Davao love to grow the American lemon in containers. A lot of the commercial stalls are displaying this citrus. The lemon trees bear big fruits, especially when they are grown in the higher elevations of Mt. Apo. One potted American lemon with several fruits was priced by the owner at P1,500.

  • CRANBERRY – One of the rarer fruit trees entered in the competition at the Kadayawan garden show is the cranberry in photo. It produces berries that are bright red when rise. The plant has beautiful foliage which can make it a good candidate for landscaping or for grooming in a container. Producing potted cranberry for sale can be a good money-making venture for the enterprising.

    A mutant tiessa with variegated leaves and fruits topped the fruit trees competition in the Kadayawan Garden and Fruit Agri Trade Show at the SM City grounds in Davao City. This is the first time that a competition of fruit-bearing trees was included in the annual garden show under the auspices of the Floriculture Industry of Davao Inc.

    The first prize-winning fruit tree is owned by Rosalyn Dorado, a woman who runs her own nursery in Davao City. The winning tiessa has  leaves that are prominently variegated yellow and green. And so are the fruits.

    To many garden enthusiasts, variegated plants are highly prized, especially if they are still few and are outstanding in a number of ways. Maybe, they are economically important. They produce fruits that are nice to eat. They can also be valuable because of their decorative potentials. For instance, the winning tiessa in container is also a good material for enhancing the landscape.

    As far as Rosalyn Dorado is conserned, there is only one variegated tiessa that she knows of. She has not yet propagated her plant which for the first time bore fruit in time for the Kadayawan Garden and Farm agri-trade fair which will run through August.

    She said that she acquired the plant while it was just a seedling from her aunt who got it from a friend. Now that it is a winner in a garden competition, the plant will be a much sought-after plant. Roslyn could start propagating the same which could reward her with a good return from her gardening. It is not certain though if the seeds will also grow into variegated plants. What is more certain is that variegated plants could be multiplied by grafting. The scion could be grafted on seedlings of the ordinary green variety.

    VARIEGATED CHICO – The second placer is the variegated chico owned by Lorena Tatoy, an active gardener of ornamental plants and fruit trees. The exhibited variegated chico has variegated yellow and green leaves and is heavily laden with fruits that could easily number more than a hundred.

    The variegated chico is quite widespread now because the fruit tree was already available as early as the 1980s in the Philippines but it is still highly-prized by plant lovers not only for its decorative value but also for its very sweet fruits. The tree is a prolific bearer and is in fruit most parts of the year.

    It used to be rare in the early ‘80s because the first owner propagated it only by marcotting. That is a very slow process of multiplying the tree. The tree became more widespread after we in our farm (Sarian Farm) resorted to grafting. In the Ilocos, Francis Flores who owns Hidden Garden in Vigan City is a lover of the variegated chico. He has several fruiting trees in the ground that are admired by his many visitors. As a result, many in the Ilocos have also acquired their own variegated chico from Francis.

    AMERICAN LEMON – The American lemon seems to be a favorite of nursery people in Davao City. The plant stalls at the garden show are displaying a lot of fruiting lemons with big fruits. The one entered by Leah Cordero won third place in the competition.

    Other fruit bearing trees that were entered in the competition were Valencia orange, dalandan, coffee and some others. One interesting citrus that we found in the display of one of the commercial stall owners is what the owner calls Tang Lemon. He has one tree in a container with more than a dozen round fruits. Unfortunately, he does not have propagations for sale after we met him.

    The inclusion of a fruit tree competition in the garden show is an eye-opener to a number of gardeners not only from Davao but also from other places. One of the Davao nursery owners who is planning to get into the production of fruit trees in container is Dr. Linda Martinez who is currently specializing in grafted bougainvilleas, dwarf kamuning and other species.

    Next time we will report on the interesting garden people we have met and the beautiful ornamentals and orchids that we observed at the garden show.

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