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Rose nursery owner discover formula to grow big-leafed 'keladi'

12/01/2022 08:32 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 12 -- Many would have visited the enchanting ‘Cameron Highlands of Terengganu’ in Kampung Tanjung Aur where there are over 700 species of roses, but now the nursery is ready to seduce again with its big collection of plants from the araceae family (locally referred to as keladi).

Taman Zety Roses (TZR) owner and ex-Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) psychology and counselling lecturer, Dr Sh Marzety Adibah Al-Sayed Mohamad, said her foray into growing ornamental keladi started last year and now her nursery has become the country’s biggest seed production and scientific research centre for the plant.

Since then, she has also developed an organic fertiliser for keladi that is said to promote lush growth.

“It takes around three months for the plant to produce an abundance of leaves compared to the many years in normal growth,” she told reporters.

This is exciting news for the keladi-obsessed in Malaysia because aside from making the leaves larger, Dr Sh Marzety said they are brighter, too.

“TZR currently has over 1,000 plants from more than 500 species of keladi, including hybrids. A young plant is priced between RM35 and RM6,800, while an adult keladi could cost up to RM50,000,” she said, while adding that the most popular plant presently is the Pharaoh’s Mask (a colocasia hybrid).   

Dr Sh Marzety said TZR, which employs 33 full-time local workers, supplies over 50 nurseries across the country and provides plant education to customers.

“However, our core business is still the roses,” she said.

Dr Sh Marzety also revealed that her nursery is collaborating on research with UMT and the Terengganu Agriculture Department to strengthen the ornamental plant industry.


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