By Zac B. Sarian
LEMONS IN CONTAINERS – Lemons and other citrus varieties like calamansi, Perante orange, Japanese orange and others will bear fruit even if they are grown in pails like those in photo. These can be profitable to produce because they can fetch a good price. Those in photo were sold during a garden show at R750 per piece.
POMELO IN CONTAINER – There are several varieties of pomelo that can be gown in containers, including the red and white Vietnam pommelos, Thai varieties, Malaysian and from Florida, USA. Grafted or marcotted planting materials will bear fruit as early as one year from transplanting. The trick is to regularly fertilize the plants so that they will bear fruit and stay healthy.
SEEDLESS GUAVA – Guavas are highly suitable for growing in containers, just like the seedless variety in photo. Of course, the varieties with seeds can also be grown in containers. Marcotted planting materials will bear fruit in one year. The fruits may be bagged with cloth bag to protect them from fruitflies.
GRAFTED SWEET BALIMBING – Another fruit tree that is highly suitable for growing in container is the sweet balimbing. Grafted plants will bear fruit in just one year from planting in the container. The fruits should also be bagged so that they will not be attacked by fruitflies. Photo shows balimbing in containers with fruits that are bagged with cloth bags. Posing with the fruiting balimbing is Wendell Sarian.
FRUITFUL EGGPLANT – One can grow eggplant in the ground as well as in containers. One should plant the hybrid varieties because they produce many more fruits than the ordinary open-pollinated varieties. There are fruitful varieties from East-West Seed, Ramgo, Allied Botanical and other companies.
FARM VISIT TO ORCHID FARM – The AANI Group will visit the six-hectare Golden Bloom Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan on Sunday, February 25, 2018. The farm boasts of thousand upon thousands of orchids that include Vandas, Dendrobiums, Cattleyas and other genera. The farm is normally not open for group tours but AANI was able to get permission from the owners, EdwinVeneracion and his family. The participants will be able to see how beautiful orchids are grown commercially. Photo shows one of the workers posing with Vanda orchids with huge flowers. Those interested to join may contact Jocelyn Mahipus at 0917-242-9785 or 0917-795-0916 for booking.
When I told a friend that I know of a 2,000 square-meter piece of flat land in a subdivision in Metro Manila that can be rented for a long period at a price of P3 per square meter a month, he showed some interest. That’s P6,000 a month. The place is not flooded and is inside an upper class subdivision. But the fellow asked what could he grow for money in that area?
Well, I told him that he can grow a lot for sale to the households right in the big subdivision. But let me tell you first about the property and why it is a good place to rent for those who are intent in making it productive. The place is part of a big subdivision in Cainta. The family owned the big property that was made into a subdivision. The 2,000 square meters is part of a 1.2-hectare lot that was retained by the family as a souvenir. But the owner is now residing in the US and will not return to the Philippines for a long time.
It is a perfect place to rent for gardening for profit because it is inside a subdivision so there is security, there is water connection, electricity and there is the possible market for whatever is produced.
FOR LONG TERM, SHORT TERM – I told the fellow that if I were to rent the property, I would plant something for the long term and for the short term. I will grow fruit trees in containers for the long term of two or more years. I mean, I can sell the fruit trees after two or more years. I will distance them far apart, say four meters apart, so that I can plant the short term crops in between. These will include leafy and fruiting vegetables. I will also grow the vegetables in containers like pails (some in black plastic bags) so that I don’t need to cultivate the ground. And vegetables in containers can be sold as they are. Some homeowners want to buy living vegetables that they can place in their backyards. Favorite vegetables in containers include leafy varieties like pechay, mustard, lettuce, Chaisim and others. Fruit vegetables include tomato, eggplant, peppers, bush sitao, okra and others.
CULINARY HERBS – There are also herbs that can be grown for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. Kutsay, shallot and others are needed for preparing many dishes. Tarragon, oregano, rosemary, mint and many others are also used in preparing refreshing drinks.
SEEDLINGS FOR SALE – Some homeowners will probably want to buy seedlings that they can grow in their garden. That is another possible money making project in the 2,000 square meters. Growing seedlings for sale can be very profitable. What is important is that you should master seedling production.
FRUIT TREES IN CONTAINER – What are the fruit trees that can be grown in containers? There are many. These include small citrus varieties that will bear fruit within a short time like lemons, limes, Perante orange, sweet dalandan, variegated orange and pomelos. Also suitable are chico, guava, imported makopa, balimbing and others.
Maybe, if somebody else is interested in renting the 2,000 square meters, we can introduce him or her to the one in charge. We think it is perfect for those who can operate it full time or even part-time.
ORCHID FARM VISIT – Meanwhile, the AANI Group will conduct a tour of the six-hectare Golden Bloom Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan on Feb. 25, a Sunday. The farm is not really open for group tours but AANI has been able to get permission from the owners, the family of Edwin Veneracion, Those interested to join should contact Jocelyn Mahipus at 0917-242-9785 or 0917-795-0916 for more information.