Monday, 10 September 2018

BUYING PLANTS AT MAHOGANY MARKET

BUYING PLANTS AT MAHOGANY MARKET

It was mommy's day off, so we head off to Tagaytay that weekend.  We have been to Tagaytay countless times as we love the weather and it is just a one-hour ride from our home.  When we go to Tagaytay, I always make sure to stop by my favorite place, the Mahogany Market.  Located at Mahogany Avenue, Tagaytay, Cavite, hence the name, Mahogany Market, it is famous for cheap but sumptuous servings of bulalo and crispy dilis.


Mahogany Market Tagaytay Plants

Mahogany Market is your usual market with all the fresh produce from their number one product in Tagaytay, pineapples, to a variety of fruits and vegetables and of course, fresh meat and fish, but one reason people visit the place and became a "tourist destination" is not only because of your cheap fix of bulalo but because of its plant stalls.  If you are a certified "plantita," like yours truly, you will be in plant heaven at this place.  I am like a kid in a candy store whenever I am here.  If you are planning to go to Mahogany Market, make sure to bring lots of cash as you will be tempted to buy lots and lots of plants!

Mahogany Market Tagaytay Ornamental Plants

There are endless choices of plants here, from the usual ornamentals to herbs, veggies, and fruit-bearing trees.  You will also find rare species of plants here, like the endemic plant, jade vine.  I just love going from store to store comparing prices and asking sellers about proper ways to take care of plants.  The sellers here are very generous in sharing knowledge, even if you do not buy a certain plant you are asking about because you already have one and you do not know how to take care of them properly, they are always willing to share tips and tricks on how to care for your plants, but of course they will really appreciate it if you buy plants from them (hehe).

Mahogany Market Tagaytay  Flowering Plants

What I also love about the place is their price.  Compared to plants sold along the highway, their prices here are waaaaaaaay cheaper, not "presyong turista, ika nga."   One tip when buying plants here is to haggle.  They are very willing to bring the price down or give extra plants if you are buying several plants.  I suggest you scout the area, find the plants you like all in one place and buy it all from there.  I am sure you can lower the price this way plus you can ask sellers if you can have free plants.  One tip, be friendly and chatty with the sellers.  Ask them about how their day was, if they hit their sales for that day, just ask questions and connect with the sellers. Also, flattery is key.  Tell them how beautiful their plants are and ask them what their secret to growing is.  Another tip I have when buying plants it to ask the seller to always, always give you the bigger and healthier ones, as lots of plants can be propagated through cuttings.

Mahogany Market Tagaytay Plants for Sale

Their floral display is also eye candy.  They have got colorful celosia and torenia, roses and sunflowers, marigolds and zinnias to name a few.  They have all kinds of plants for landscaping or just plain collecting.  I still remember I bought my jade vine and my laurel plant and lots of other plants in my garden here. What I love most here at Mahogany Market is their collection of herbs.  I am slowly building my very tiny herbary at home and my target for that day is to buy more herbs for cooking.  I have the common basil and ternatea at home plus a few others but I wanted to expand and have more herbs which I cannot grow from seeds.  I snagged cilantro, which is very common in Mexican dishes; garlic chives, which is yummy in goto and arroz caldo; rosemary, which is perfect for roasted chicken; and stevia for all our diabetic relatives and friends.  I got all of them for 50 pesos each except for the rosemary which was 150 pesos.  Though I did not get a discount as I only bought a few, I asked kuya, the seller, to give me the best looking ones.

Mahogany Market Tagaytay Trees

The ones I did not get to choose from is their shrubs and trees.  We were on our way to the exit when I saw them, so next time, those will be my target.  My dad is the one who loves collecting trees so I will have to ask him what trees he likes, but I am thinking macapuno and calachuchi would surely be on my list.

Mahogany Market Tagaytay Sellers

Mahogany Market is a nice place to be, either you are an experienced gardener or just a beginner, not just to buy plants but to learn.  For beginners, the plants are "instant" here. Just transplant and watch it grow, flower, and bear fruits.   You do not need to undergo the hassle of planting from seed and waiting (especially if patience is not your thing or if you do not have the time).  As for experienced gardeners, it is the best place to find plants which you can add to your ever-growing collection.  As of this posting, I have already transplanted my herbs.  I just bought one kind of each but managed to divide and propagate my cilantro and garlic chives.  My stevia is also very happy and now has tiny flower buds.  My rosemary is now just sitting pretty under shade, as it is very sensitive to rain and it has been raining for a few days now.  I am one happy gardener :)

HOW TO GO TO MAHOGANY MARKET



Mahogany Market is located at Mahogany Avenue, Tagaytay, Cavite just behind the city's Hall of Justice.  From Rotunda, just go straight taking the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway then turn right to Mahogany Avenue.  Drive straight until you see the Municipal Trial Court or Hall of Justice (the white building with big columns) on your right.  Turn to Pines Avenue and then you will see the Mahogany Market.  Please click on the "directions" on Google Maps to get exact driving directions from where you are coming from.

BUYING PLANTS AT MAHOGANY MARKET

Planning to go to Mahogany Market? What's on your plant wishlist?  Please comment down below.  Happy planting, gardeners!


18 comments:

  1. Now I could use a nursery like this where I live! Going to the big name stores, the plants aren’t as healthy and cost so much!

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  2. The market looks so cute and cozy! Oh I really like plants and trees, it seams so perfect to me. I don't really have plants at home but I wish I had

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  3. Looks like a good place to buy plants. Plants are so important to our health and help keep a house looking good.

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  4. Love this look of this market! I would love to have more plants in my house but have a hard time keeping them alive!

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  5. I love a good looking nursery. I just started getting a hang on perfecting my garden, it's a real struggle sometimes.

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  6. Ooh! I'm sharing this to my mom. She'll definitely love this!

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  7. What a beautiful spot! I've never even heard of this place but it looks magical

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  8. This looks like such a nice nursery! Some of those plants are beautiful! When we go to the nurseries here, they can be a bit overwhelming with all of the selections to choose from. I tend to get the wrong things, though, so they never live very long, and then I feel bad.

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  9. We love visiting our local nursery too! They usually have better options than the bigger stores. It is also a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon. You are right there is so much to learn at a nursery too!

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  10. Looks like an amazing place to buy your plants :)

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  11. Plants are amazing! Tough for me but I enjoyed going to nursery’s with my mom and grandma as a kid.

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  12. This looks like a beautiful market to buy seasonal plants and fresh produce. I'd love to visit there!

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  13. What a lovely plant market, I'd love to have something like this near to me! Just beautiful.

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  14. This looks like such a wonderful place! They seem to have a great selection of well cared for plants.

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  15. This looks like such a lovely place. I hope I can do this one day when I move into a house!

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  16. This looks like a great market to buy plants. I would love to go here.

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  17. I love shopping at markets. You never know quite what you're going to get.

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  18. I really enjoy shopping at different local markets. This plant market looks amazing, such a huge variety, its lovely!

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