DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Houseplant Community held a weekend market for hundreds of plant sellers at Bron Café, Renon, Denpasar. The event featured 200 types of plants not only from Indonesia but also from other countries such as Thailand. Among them are green Monstera, Monstera Variegata, philodendron, anthurium, Syngonium, Alocasia, Homalomena Variegata, as well as plant’s pots, stakes, and planting mediums.
Ketut Gede Yoga Pustaka, one of the Bali Houseplant Community’s founders, explained that this event was held as an effort to support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and the creative industry in Bali.
Besides, this plant business is getting popular among youth and became a promising business prospect.
“This event is to provide a space for sellers who have been selling online during the pandemic, to sell the plants offline and meet directly with buyers. Besides, it is also a place to share information with fellow sellers,” he said on Saturday.
The event which lasted for two days, Yoga continued, was filled with various programs including Meet and Greet, Weekend Market, collection exhibition, and auction.
“There are 50 types (of plants) that will be auctioned with a price range from IDR 2.5 million to IDR 150 million,” he said.
Yoga explained that some of its members have also started exporting plants to foreign countries, such as Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and most Asian countries.
“The demand for exports is mostly for variants of typical Indonesian plants such as Gloriosum, Syngonium, and Monstera,” he explained.
According to Yoga, the event also showcased various types of rare plants from around the world.
“There are 30 types of rare plants from around the world here. Such as plants that have genetic disorders, we call it variegated plants,” he explained.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Yoga said, the plant business was growing rapidly. Because people who previously bought plants as a hobby, decided to sell the plants and it turned out becoming a promising business while staying at home.
Yoga believes that the houseplant event can support Bali’s tourism. It is because the trend is not only happening in Bali but also in other countries.
“Many foreigners contacted us and asked whether this is a regular event or not. They said that if Bali tourism already opened, they would definitely come to this event,” he explained.
The next event is planned to be held bigger or on an international scale, especially since the government had given the attention because the plant business is growing rapidly during the pandemic.