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Friday, July 6, 2012

Putrajaya Floria 2012 - Garden Bazaar Part 2

My previous post was about ornamentals. This post is about herbs, fruits, accessories and other stuff. Visiting the Garden Bazaar had been a great learning and eye-opening experience for me.

Oh dear, I just noticed the strawberry pot in my picture. I should have bought it!

This booth is from the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institude (MARDI) and they are displaying past and current publications, like books, periodicals, newsletters and agriculture journals.

Human beings have potions, elixirs and high performance health boosting tonic. 
Help is at hand if you think you are hopeless with plants. This MIRACLE TONIC is for plants!

Why miracle?
According to the poster,
a) it can boost the growth of stems, branches, shoots and roots.
b) enhance resistance to diseases
c) promote flowering

Cheap orchid babies. Can buy these to practise/learn/improve our orchid growing techniques.
Orchid plants from the most common to the rare ones, from cheapest to most expensive.

The "AFTER" effect of treatment with a plant booster is a very productive chilli plant!

Stevia is popular as an alternative to processed sugar. 


If you have a big garden, you are very lucky. You can grow some fruit trees. 

The choices for Fruit Trees are:

Mulberry, Grape vines, Durian (including Musang King), Citrus Lime, Variegated Citrus Lime, Kaffir Lime, Pulasan, Pomegranate, Cashew Nut, Asam Gelugor, Rambutan, Longan, Mango, Mangosteen, Belimbing, Jackfruit, Cempedak, Chiku, Coconut, Duku, Dokong, Langsat, Carambola, Water Apple, Pomelo, Miracle Fruit, Passion Fruit, Pink Guava, Seedless Guava, Soursop, Custard Apple, Sunkist 'Orange Vietnam'. You can see fruits hanging from some of the sapling trees.

I didn't know they have Longan 'Ping Pong' (Table Tennis), 'Diamond', 'Laichi' and 'Black Pepper', School Kid Rambutan, Pandan Coconut and Taiwan Honey Jackfruit trees that we can grow.

But no papaya, pineapple and banana fruit plant, haha! They have ornamental pineapple and banana plants though.

There are many types of fertilizers, hormones and soil mixes (organic, inorganic, non-organic) for sale.

What's this?

It reminds me of the Mexican Hat. So is it the Giant Starfish (Stapelia gigantea)?
My grateful thanks to Andrea of Andrea in this Lifetime for providing the lead that it is a Stapelia.

Tillandsia and other air plants?

11. Medicinal Plant Dukung Anak (Phyllanthus niruri)
Vegetables, Herbs and Medicinal Plants - Torch Ginger (Bunga Kantan), All-Spice, Mint, Rosemary, Coriander, Chilli, purple Chilli Padi, Bird's Eye chilli. Chinese Chives, Bok-Choy, Kai-Lan, Choy-Sum, Daun Kesum, Sabah Snake Grass, Hempedu Bumi, Sambung Nyawa, Dukung Anak, Tapak Sulaiman, Petai, Roselle, Mahkota Dewa, Mas Cotek (male and female), Ulam Raja.

The medicinal plant in the above picture is Phyllanthus niruri. Common name is Stonebreaker or Seed Under Leaf. The Malay name "Dukung Anak" means "carrying the child".

You name it, they have it! You don't know what interesting plants they have. Even if not buying, it will be a great learning experience anyway. 

“Putrajaya Floria 2012 - Garden Bazaar Part 2”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on July 6th, 2012.

For "Lazy Orchids" - here's the solution!

Desperation brings out the creative side. I had to laugh at this one.

Translation of the signage above a citrus lime plant:
Prohibited to touch and squeeze the fruits. 
If fruits drop off, the cost is RM 50 per fruit!

This is the Variegated Citrus Lime plant.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Garden Bazaar.
What I learnt here:
1) How to be thick skin and improve my bargaining skills
2) Learn how to care for a specific plant by asking the vendors
3) Practice my plant selection skills and learn from mistakes made
4) What are the varieties/cultivars/species of different plants currently available
5) Learn about alternative plant care products e.g. fertilizers, boosters, potting mix.


  1. Lots of variety of items. As to the flower you asked about, have no clue but it sure is interesting.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. yup you are right, me too still trying to figure out how to improve bargaining skills. i guess face expression and dull heart also helps.

  3. Great post- I enjoyed the "visit"!

  4. Oh, I love Mulberries! We have a tree in the backyard, but the fruits are all dried up this year. It looks like that was a wonderful garden event. And you learned some fun, useful lessons. :)

    1. Beth, Mulberry is one of the few berry fruit trees we can grow in Malaysia. I'm sure it'll be nice to have one in the garden.

    2. I love mulberries too. It is pretty easy to grow in Malaysia. Need to trim off the leaves if you want more fruits. One day when I visited a Chinese medicine shop, I saw the shop owner drying the mulberry leaves outside the shop. He told me that he makes tea using the dried mulberry leaves, chrysanthemum and wolfberry.

  5. What a great place to visit. I enjoyed your bog tour of the Bazaar. I love your list of exotic fruits The only one that is remotely hardy enough that we can grow here is grape vines.

    1. Melanie, do come over to Malaysia to visit again!

  6. Our garden shows look like yours too. I love what you bought, i saw it here too last Jan and Feb shows. Even the ordinary orchids for sale are the same. That flower is Stapelia, but i also haven't seen it in person.

    1. Andrea, thanks for the lead on Stapelia. I think the native orchids from Philippines are very special and gorgeous.

  7. I'm no gardener but every time I read your blog, I get so excited to plant

    1. Oh wow! Now I feel so happy after receiving this comment. You words inspire me too!

  8. Replies
    1. Wong, you may win something if you enter the photography contest there. The night shots with fireworks will be the most challenging and interesting.

  9. AB.. refer to lesson no.3, i bought a baby orchid at a booth cost me rm25... then i saw another booth at the back sold exactly the same orchid with 2 stalk of flower...also cost rm25... what to do... i should learn the lesson. :(

    1. Shafirul, this happens to me too. I notice that booths nearer the main road have higher prices, as compared to those at the back (nearer to the waterfront side). If I have already made a purchase, I'll console myself with the thought that the more expensive one is of better health and quality, haha ^_^

  10. I was there too. I took some photos and bought 4 pots of Adenium. I missed the variegated citrus.

    1. Stiletto, now I regret I didn't buy any Adenium this time :(

  11. Ooo, I missed the strawberry pots too. I had triumphed over the temptation to buy more plants, even on the second time going there. Plus my bargaining skill = 0, so probably get ripped off. The variegated lime fruits very well. Btw, the Perak float did not release pigeons nor did the flag gets raised on the weekday show.

  12. Hi!!
    Do you have any idea where I can get Mulberry trees?

    - Jaymee

    1. Jaymee, you can easily get Mulberry trees in poly bags from a local nursery in Malaysia.

  13. Hi
    Do u sell edible fig tree. I'm trying to plant 1 in my home

    1. Brenda, I'm sorry I don't sell plants. But you can try visiting the coming Floria 2014 on 14-22 June. Good Luck!

  14. Autumn Belle
    Many tks for yr prompt reply and info on the floral show. Will try to be there as i've not even been to Putrajaya b4.

  15. Where are you guy located at and what is your operation hours I am interested in buying some fruits tree

    1. I don't sell plants. You can search the nurseries near your place or go visit Floria's garden bazaar when they have it once a year at Putrajaya.


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