Taiwanese grown anthuriums bring in foreign currency
Lee Chi Yin of Holi, Taichung, has 16 years experience of growing anthuriums.Farmers also call the pistil of this flower the"nose".It is ready to be picked when more than 70% of the nose changes color.We determine how mature the flower is by looking at the pistil. It is ready to be picked when 2/3 of the nose is mature.There is no anthurium production in Japan even though flower arrangement is part of the Japanese culture.This is the secret base of Taiwanese anthuriums, which help earn foreign exchange for Taiwan.All the staff are busy producing tissue culture with each small bottle containing more than 10 of the plants.Everything in the completely germ free environment, including the control equipment on top of platforms need to be subjected to high temperatures and sanitized.Taiwan has developed more than 100 species of anthuriums. Their consistent quality has made them a favorite overseas. The result of this is that many happy farmers are motivated to work harder.