Chalerm Phrakiat Caladium Village
This is where the Queen of the Leafy Plant grows. It is located at Tambon Sai-Noi and Tambon Long-Kwang, Sai-Noi District. Caladium is one of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s favorite plants. She had asked to preserve this kind of plant which Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives annually hold an event in August as a commemoration to the queen. Caladium is a kind of plant that is profitable and largely demanded by the market. Also, it can be exported to countries in Asia, such as, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. Mr. Virat Ardeium, the president of Chalerm Phrakiat Caladium Village Tambon Sai-Noi, Sai-Noi District, Nonthaburi said that in the past, his family did farming, but the sale was not good and it did cost a lot of money. So, he decided to grow Caladium. He started planting in a small area with 10 containers while trying to create new varieties. At present, the area spreads over 2 Rai with more markets. Later on, he formed a group and grew this particular plant. Caladium has various species and is constantly demanded in the market, for example, Pech Pailin with its white flowers, Phutthamonthon, Koo Boo, and Pech Darakorn. Mr. Virat said that it is not hard for an amateur to plant and grow Caladium. It grows well in winter and lives long if it has been cared for properly. For the general market, Mr. Virat mentioned that Caladium is on demand. The ones he grows have been exported all over Asia. The newer the species, the higher income one can gain. Some of them can be sold over 10-20 thousand baht. The average monthly income would be around 10-20 thousand baht. Moreover, Caladiums he owns have won many prizes, whether they are 3 inches, 5 inches or 8 inches tall, or those with various leaf shapes, such as acuminate, acuminate, orbicular etc.