THE GARDEN SHOP is located right across the front of the main building where the fruit stands are bordering the main food market. In front of the produce market are stalls selling cut flowers .
However, at the back of the building are the greenhouses where vendors keep their live plants. There is parking on the side of this sales area.
Walk around to find what you like, because these shops are all different, and have on display, live plants, everything from the common rose, to hydrangeas from Baguio, to the more exotic collection of orchids from greenhouses in Laguna, and sunflowers, marigolds from Cavite.
EVE: Medinilla Magnifica is a very rare, exotic rainforest plant exhibiting a pink inverted flower. This beautiful ornamental plant grows like a tree fern on high trees in forests in the Philippines. When buying this plant, make sure the leaves are waxy green, thick and glossy. The plant is an irregular bloomer and flower clusters may pop up at any time of the year or it may skip a year. The plant likes shade and never leave it in full sunlight or it will wilt. ( Photo by Betty Samson)
There are two kinds of “passion fruit vines”, one is deep purple radiating into a variegated , light blush of lavender and violet. The other one has more pinkish tones , and bears fruit.
Phalaenopsis are easy to grow, and the best time to buy them is during the “brr” months of September to December. These orchids will remain in bloom for a large percentage of the year it is best to repot them right after they finish blooming. Phalaenopsis, especially the younger growths peeking out from under the mother plants , thrive on repotting. Use dried ferns, or “bunot ng boa” or the husk of the coconut as potting mix for summer months, and a mix of charcoal and wood chips for rainy months.
There are many flowering plants that may be in season and blooming profusely when it is being sold, but once these plants are taken home, they may be difficult to maintain. I saw some orchids that I have been able to turn “wild” again, by slowly withdrawing their greenhouse chemicals. The best tip is to buy mature plants that are in full bloom , and pay attention to their leaves. The leaves should be plump and waxy green, not soft and definitely do not buy any orchid with diseased leaves with spots and old. Orchids are very sensitive to light and water. Ask the vendor advise as to where you should locate your new plant in your house or garden. A lot of times , women especially buy orchids when they are in full bloom, then when you take them home, and the orchids that were looking so lush in the store, starts to droop after about a week. The orchid was quite pampered and regularly , sprayed with bloom inducing chemicals and cool water , then blooms start to fall, and it will just look like it is in hibernation.
There are garden ornaments for sale too, like this fibreglass lion dog.
Housewives who come to Farmers Market buy food on weekends cannot avoid seeing the flower stalls at the market’s garden store . Facing the market, there are rows of flower bouquets wrapped in plastic, and ready to go!
Buyers can select the flowers they want arranged by florists on stand -by.