Flower power

The Chennai Chapter

A handful of city floriculturists have made it big in the business. The writer visits some farms now waiting for the seasonal full bloom

Step out of Sanil KMP’s home in Perumbavoor and you step into a happy profusion of flowers and foliage. At his Ecofarms floriculture venture, bright red heliconias hang overhead amid teak and mahogany trees. From beneath rise wide leaves of alpinias, slender shoots of bamboo and bright pink flowers of torch ginger. Beside, under gentle shade, sit pretty anthuriums and potted orchids in neat rows, some with white petals, others more wild and exotic in yellow and purple.

September marks the close of lean months in the business, and the handful of long-time floriculturists in the city is gearing up for a season of full bloom.

For George Philip, his fancy for flowers began during his college days when he collected unusual varieties of roses on…

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