With only two more days left, the annual horticultural show should not be missed, especially by those wishing to replenish stocks ravished by last year’s floods.
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Plant lovers still have today and tomorrow to check out the annual plant fair being held at Suan Luang Rama IX Park. The much awaited event draws not just Thais but also plant enthusiasts from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Last year, a friend who lives in Cagayan de Oro, in the southern Philippines, bought a plane ticket three months in advance in anticipation of the event, which is held every year from Dec 1 to 10. Imagine his disappointment when the fair was cancelled due to the floods that put much of Bangkok under one metre of water for several weeks.
It was just as well he did not come, for flash floods triggered by a tropical storm swamped Cagayan de Oro just days later and among the victims was my friend, who lost most of his plant collection in the deluge. Many of his plants came from Chatuchak as well as from the Suan Luang Rama IX fairs held in previous years, and he is now in town specially to see the fair and replenish his collection.
Judging from the plant contest held at the start of the fair, interest in the old familiar names _ adenium, aglaonema, bonsai, caladium, cordyline, crown of thorns, dracaena, foliage anthurium and sanseviera _ is still very much alive and well. But although these have been the mainstays of horticultural contests for the past several years, they are not the same old species: most are new hybrids with hardly any semblance to their forebears. The original aglaonema, for example, is an evergreen plant whose Thai name, keo muen pi, means ”green for 10,000 years” to describe its dark green colour with silvery white patterns. The new hybrids, however, are compact, with broad and shiny leaves that come in bright colours and colour combinations, and they even sport a new Thai name, kaew kanchana, meaning ”beautiful, bright and brilliant as gold”.
The turning point began in 1999 when a Thai breeder succeeded in creating the first ever aglaonema with red leaves. The following year, a Chinese Malaysian reportedly bought the plant for 500,000 baht, the highest ever paid for an aglaonema. The sale sparked off a frenzy among breeders to create plants with new colours, and they succeeded in creating dozens of hybrids with colourful leaves. You are likely to find some of these new hybrids at stalls selling plants at the fair.
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