HOW NOT TO OVERPAY FOR YOUR PLANT BABY
Agriculture|November - December 2020
OVERPRICED ORNAMENTALS
PATRICIA BIANCA S. TACULAO

SINCE MARCH 15, a nationwide quarantine has been implemented as a response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decree confined the public inside their homes to keep them safe from the virus.

Having been cooped up indoors for some time, many people have become restless and have decided to look for new hobbies that are entertaining and productive. One activity that is both is gardening.

This gave many plant sellers an opportunity to be able to earn an income during the pandemic because the demand for plants significantly rose. However, this also made the market susceptible to overpricing wherein common plants that usually cost around a P100 or so are being sold for exorbitant amounts.

WHAT DETERMINES PLANT PRICES?

According to Ron Apostol, a freelancer and full-time gardener specializing in cacti and succulents, plant prices vary a lot because of different factors.

“Demand, availability, the plant variety or species, the age and status or quality of the plant, even fashion, horticultural, and agricultural trends all affect how much a plant is priced at a particular time. It’s also interesting to note that plant prices do fluctuate and change over time--what might be cheap this year may become expensive in a few years and vice versa,” Apostol said.

Other than cacti and succulents, Apostol also deals with an eclectic variety of plants such as leafy ornamentals, herbs, and other edibles, weird plants, moss, trees, and other odds and ends.

He is also known as the Midnight Hardinero among many social media platforms where he shares his gardening adventures and tips to aspiring gardeners. He dubbed himself as such because he tends to his plants during the wee hours of the night.

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