Coorg Floriculture Association – Anthorium

One acre anthurium cultivation requires Rs.50 lacs.


Coorg Floriculture Association, engaged in anthurium cultivation was established in 1995 in Kodagu district. The association has its farms in Biligeri and Hakathur village in Madikeri taluk of Karnataka. “It started as a hobby,” says Mr A.R. Shivaprasad, secretary of Coorg Floriculture Association. Apart from anthurium the farms also grow foliages and vanilla.

According to Mr. Shivaprasad, the annual production capacity of the farms is 5,00,000 flowers per year. “About 40,000 plants can be planted in an acre. We grow the Dutch variety of anthurium involving about 45 varieties in around 30 colours,” he maintains. When asked why anthurium is so expensive, Mr. Shivaprasad explains, “The plants are not available in the domestic market and have to be imported,” adding, “Also they require personal attention as they are very sensitive.”

Mr. Shivaprasad says, March to June and September to November are the right seasons to plant anthurium in Kodagu District. “The right climatic condition required to get the best yield of anthurium is 70 inches rainfall per year,” he says. “We apply water soluble fertilizers at the time of planting and also later on,” he adds. The farm provides the required shade for anthurium through shade net and the soil medium used is coirpith or coconut shell. The anthurium plants also require irrigation. They need watering three times a day, except in monsoons. The most common pest related problems in anthurium are caterpillar and bacterial blight, which can be dealt with pesticide spraying. The first harvest can be expected after 16 months from the time of planting.

Economics Of Anthurium Cultivation
Mr. Shivaprasad says the investment required for cultivating anthurium on one acre is Rs. 50 lakhs and the net profit the grower can expect would be Rs.80 to Rs.150 per plant. “The market for anthurium is good,” says Mr. Shivaprasad, adding, “The cultivators need not go in search for buyers as they will come and contact them directly.”