It was one fine morning (initially) when I visited this farm together with fellow members of the Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society. Now why 'initially'? Coz it started to drizzle soon after, haha...
We were there for an orchid talk, organised by the society, on how to grow orchids and the use of appropriate fertilisers. Although I have been to this part of Sungai Buloh (the area near the Sungai Buloh Hospital), it did not occur to me that there is a orchid farm here till this visit. It is a wonderful farm to look for mokaras and vandas!
These Mokara and Vanda varieties that grow upwards (monopodial) can be grown on the ground with wood dust on the top of the soil and are great as hedges under the sun. They have beautiful roots as well...
Abdul Razak, the proprietor, showed us around the nursery, briefed us on the various orchids that he has in the farm and how he cultivates them.
One of the interesting points that he highlighted was to use sheep or goat-pelleted manure to feed orchids. Well, I know my friend does this (me as well!) but as a professional orchid grower, he also uses this method! Can't wait to tell my friend that we have actually been doing things correctly all this while, haha...
And when buying new orchids, always look for free-flowering ones and those that already have old flower stalk on the plant :-D
Young orchids in small trays are being grown right at the front, next to the entrance. The orchids that are grown in the ground are located at the back. The orchids that are in the front are in small pots, mostly growing in charcoal media and displayed on the racks.
Though this orchid farm started only about seven years ago, the family has been living in Sungai Buloh and in the ornamental plant business for a long, long time. The farm opens from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily and is situated at the back of the house. So you may not be able to spot the farm from the road. Just count the lots you pass by and look for Lot 85 (it's the one with no signage!).
Plant Variety Rating: 3.75 | The varieties of orchid that the farm has is mostly of popular species for cut flowers and free-flowering orchids (include dendrobiums and oncidiums) for ornamental use.
Plant Condition Rating: 4.50 | Most of the plants are in very good condition. Save for those upright mokaras and vandas that were planted on the ground, the rest are placed under a netting for protection against the hot sun.
Layout Rating: 4.75 | The farm is arranged systematically and I love the cemented flooring - no muddy ground even though it was drizzling when we were there :-D
Garden Products Rating: NA | They have good orchid fertilisers i.e. those that they use in the nursery!
To view the map to Kampung Melayu Sungai Buloh, click here.
Lot 85 Kampung Melayu
47000 Sungai Buloh
Tel: 6012-221 9105 (Abdul Razak Mohd Isa)