Sa Dec village gate (Photo: Ngoc Anh) Founded in the early 20th century, Sa Dec initially had a only few households to plant flowers for traditional Lunar New Year or Tet decorations. The number of households engaging in horticulture gradually increased after the locals realized the terrain was suitable for growing flowers. Flower trade slowly took shape. Today, the village is home to about 3,000 households, most of them earning a living primarily by growing flowers and ornamental trees for sale. The flower cultivation area in Sa Dec is about 500 hectares, numbering hundreds of species. Cao Van Hai, the owner of the Hai Cao flower garden Sa Dec village, said, “Ornamental plants are cultivated all year-round to supply the whole country and for export to Cambodia, Laos, China, and Taiwan (China). During Tet holidays, different kinds of flowers are grown to ornament festivals and flower streets. My family has 8,000 m2 of land for cultivation. It’s most difficult to grow the Sa Dec rose trees. Epiphyllum, hibiscus, and peony are easy to grow and sell. The village club gathers 38 local artisans and horticulturists to meet and exchange techniques once a month.” Sa Dec flowers are special because they are… Read full this story
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