Among some of the must-buy items for those visiting the Mahogany Market in Tagaytay, more than organic veggies, tawilis and maliputo, or other pasalubong, it seems that grafted fruit-bearing trees are at the top of the list. Today’s featured article comes from Loqal.ph.
Lychee fruit. Photo by B. Navez.
For entrepreneur Rosalina Piñol, selling fruit-bearing plants can be a good business because there are a lot of people who enjoy growing their own fruit trees.
Piñol says she did not want to sell actual fruits, but always wanted to sell fruit-bearing trees and let the customers see the trees grow on their own backyards.
She says she learned grafting and soon was able to find suppliers who can do the grafting for her and all she has to do is to be familiar with the plants and promote the fruit-bearing trees.
Grafting is widely used in agriculture and horticulture where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another producing a highly productive plant.
With 5,000 pesos in capital, Piñol started her small business in February 2009.
“I started buying plants that are readily available and are more familiar to customers. Then from there, it just evolved quickly to where it is right now,” she recalls.
Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.
She later started to sell hybrid coconut dwarf, seedless atis, star apple, lychee, American lemon, guaple, lanzones, and almost every fruit that one can find growing in a tropical country.
“These plants grow with the help of organic fertilizer which also makes the fruits a lot safer to eat and they grow faster compared to plants planted in the usual way,” she says.
According to Piñol, although she does not have a lot as big as others right now, she encourages those with a lot of big spaces to grow fruit-bearing trees and sell them as an alternative livelihood.
Aside from fruit-bearing plants, Piñol also offers forest tree ornamentals and culinary herbs.
Original post by Marjorie Gorospe for Loqal.ph. Thanks to Creative-Meals for the atis photo, B.Navez for the lychee photo, and Trainee Agriculturist for dwarf coconut photo.