15:00 | 25/02/2020 Travel
(VEN) - Vietnam’s southwestern region features many renowned flower villages, such as the Sa Dec flower village in Dong Thap, Phu Tho-Ba Bo village in Can Tho City, Cai Mon village in Ben Tre and My Tho village in Tien Giang Province. Ahead of the Tet holidays, the flower villages entered their busiest time of the year to prepare their flower and ornamental plants for sale in the western provinces, Ho Chi Minh City and beyond.
Flower villages in the southeastern region have a fresh look ahead of spring
Sa Dec flower village is considered the flower kingdom of the Mekong Delta, providing flowers to many provinces and cities nationwide. The village is home to about 2,300 households with flower cultivation area of over 500ha growing more than 2,000 species of ornamental flowers. The annual value of ornamental flower production accounts for over 60 percent of Sa Dec’s agricultural production value. This year, local farmers planted more new flower varieties such as daisy diamond, violet, Ri roses and especially blue roses, which are completely different from other types of roses available in the market.
For many years, the local farmers in Sa Dec combined flower cultivation and ornamental plants with developing tourism. Thanks to its unique features, Sa Dec flower village has attracted more and more tourists to this southwestern region to go sightseeing, shopping and enjoy themselves in the flower city, especially when spring comes.
Apart from Sa Dec village in Dong Thap, Cai Mon flower village is also one of the most colorful flower villages in the southwestern region. The Cai Mon flower village is located in Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province and surrounded by the Tien, Ham Luong and Co Chien rivers. The village has an area of 40ha with 3,400 households growing various types of ornamental flowers. Each year, Cai Mon village supplies on average about four million ornamental flower products of different varieties to the market. In addition, Cai Mon has advantages in supplying bonsai plants and yellow apricot (Ochna integerrima) trees.
My Tho City is another large-scale flower cultivation area of Tien Giang Province, which not only meets local demand but also that of neighboring provinces and Ho Chi Minh City. Recently, floriculture has expanded strongly in My Tho in response to increasing demand. The flower species are more diverse and with advanced farming techniques, farmers can now make most flowers bloom during Tet.
Like peach flowers in the north, apricot flowers are indispensable for Tet in southern Vietnam. The village of Phuoc Dinh in Vinh Long Province has long been a renowned provider of apricot flowers. The village, about three kilometers from the center of Vinh Long City, was awarded the title of traditional craft village in 2009. Today, the Phuoc Dinh apricot village has over 550 100-year-old apricot trees, 1,000 apricot trees from 50 to 100-years-old and hundreds of younger trees.
Pho Tho-Ba Bo ornamental village is located in Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City where more than 230 households in the 18-hectare community cultivate dozens of species of flowers and ornamental plants of high value, such as apricots, daisies, sunflowers, dahlia, confetti and carambola. Local farmers have recently applied advanced technologies in flower cultivation, which helped create new high quality varieties, such as Indonesian daisies, American marigolds and Thai cactuses.
People in southern Vietnam and in the southeastern region in particular prefer red or yellow flowers, such as apricot flowers and daisies of different kinds, viewing them as harbingers of luck.
The vast colorful flower fields help improve the vitality of the region in spring. Junks and boats full of flowers floating along the Tien and Hau rivers have become a special feature of the water-covered southwestern region in spring.