Anthuriums: A home garden money-spinner | Sunday Observer

Anthuriums: A home garden money-spinner

Anthurium plants
Anthurium plants

The greatest reward in life is to have a comfortable income and live in a soothing atmosphere. Where can one find such an array of life? The answer is growing anthuriums for profit. The demand for the petals and flowers of anthurium is tremendous.

However, though the country is blessed with both the climate and the environment, we are nowhere close to tapping the rewards of this goldmine.

Yamika Gunawardena

Speaking to Mahima Group of Companies Chairman Yamika Gunawardena, one can realise the vast gains to be had in venturing into this business.

Growing anthuriums can be launched as a small home venture and blossom into a fully-fledged professional nursery. Advice, training and materials will be made available by the Mahima Group of companies.

For an amateur, this could done with an initial investment of Rs. 9,000.

Training programs are also conducted with recommendations for bank loans when growers reach a certain level of proficiency. About 11 banks grant loans for Anthurium growers.

From a few square yards, one can expand the project to have 1,000 plants in 5.8 perch. The starter program will cost Rs 9,000, for 20 plants and material.

This is an ideal venture for those who have some space in their gardens. For Middle East returnees who wish to have a steady income while at home, this is an ideal project. The starter program will yield a return between Rs.15,000-Rs.18,000 per month.

There are many varieties of anthuriums. The Mahima Group of Companies has propagated over 100 types of anthurium.

With colours ranging from black to white, it is easy to see why there is such a demand for them. All plants are imported as invitro plants from the best nurseries of the Netherlands.

As certain types need different temperatures, growers are advised to select more suitable types for the climate. The plants will take around six months to throw shoots and about nine months to flower. Anthuriums are mainly grown in two districts. Yet, the supply falls far short of the demand.