James Tababa

December orchid of the month: Spathoglottis

Spathoglottis, commonly known as the ground orchid, is a type of sympodial orchid which means it has several growths and does not grow indefinitely like its monopodial counterparts.  It's recognized by its bulbous structure and long leaves with prominent longitudinal veins. This orchid variety is a favorite in many rural gardens, primarily due to its low-maintenance nature. It's also widespread in the Philippine archipelago. These orchids have a rich and natural diversity of strikingly vibrant petals in shades of purple, pink, yellow, and white.

December Planting Calendar

December signifies the start of a more favorable planting season for many crops, allowing farmers to diversify their harvests and ensure a steady supply of fresh produce throughout the year. Here are some crops you can plant in the month of December.

November orchid of the month: Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis orchids, often referred to as moth, mariposa, or butterfly orchids due to their wing-like flowers which come in various colors and patterns, have captivated the hearts of many plant enthusiasts and hobbyists.

The Phalaenopsis orchid is classified as a monopodial orchid, signifying that it possesses a single point of growth and continues to grow indefinitely. In the Philippines alone, we are fortunate to be home to over 20 distinct species of Phalaenopsis orchids. This orchid variety holds a significant position in the global floriculture economy, primarily cultivated for two purposes — as cut flowers or as flowering potted plants.

November Planting Calendar

In the Philippines, in the month of November the northeast monsoon, or amihan, cooler and drier air prevails, bringing relief from the heavy rains of the preceding months. While some regions may still encounter sporadic rainfall and typhoons, much of the country enjoys more stable weather. This climatic shift creates favorable conditions for various crops to be planted and cultivated during this period. Here are some crops that can be planted during this month.

Rising from challenges: A young farmer in Pangasinan rebuilds his farm after pandemic and disease outbreak

Mergene Ferrer, at the age of 28, is the owner of Kahit Munti Integrated Farm in Mapandan, Pangasinan. Mergene's interest in farming was deeply influenced by his father, Generoso Ferrer Sr. Mergene’s father, recognized as one of the most outstanding farmers and a top rice yielder during his time, inspired Mergene to follow in his footsteps. Despite graduating with a degree in business administration majoring in operations management from Pangasinan State University, Mergene's heart was always drawn to agriculture.