Plants

Agraonema prefers near-surface environments in tropical rainforests

2019/07/27


The benefits of growing ornamental plants in your Jakarta apartment

It is a well known fact that many Japanese people in Jakarta love cats, but unfortunately, there are only a few pet-friendly apartments in Jakarta, so if you want to keep a dog or cat, you have to rent a house.

ジャカルタのアパートで観葉植物を育てるメリット

However, due to commuting problems, public safety problems, and contract problems, most Japanese companies recommend apartments or serviced apartments for expatriates and their families, so the only creatures you can keep during your term of office are probably fish or hamsters.

It's a good idea to grow ornamental plants to live in an apartment in Jakarta.

If you try to grow ornamental plants native to the tropical rainforest in Japan, they will wither and burn off if you don't pay much attention to the temperature change and humidity, but the indoor environment of the apartment in Jakarta is very easy to grow because it is not far from the lower part of the ground near the surface of the trees in the jungle.

And I'm glad to see that the prices are cheaper than in Japan. Along the main road in the suburbs of Jakarta, there are many shops of plants and ornamental plants, and you can buy them for less than a third of the price of Japan. If you go to Bogor or Lembang near Bandung, you can buy it even cheaper.

In addition, some apartments in Jakarta have a pungent chemical smell that comes from the interior, but ornamental plants have the ability to clean the air by removing harmful substances that can cause Sick House Syndrome, such as formaldehyde and benzene from building materials, furniture and wallpaper.

And even if you throw away your plant, the plant will just go back to the soil and not violate nature's eco-cycle.

Anyway, I don't think it's a bad idea to grow ornamental plants in an apartment in Jakarta.

Agraonema, made famous by the movie "LEON".

There was a French-American co-production called LEON, a blockbuster movie starring Jean Reno, released in 1994.

ジャン・レノ主演の大ヒット映画『LEON(レオン)』

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I can't remember how many years ago I saw this film, but it was only recently that I learned that the ornamental plant that appears in the film's important scenes as a famous supporting character is Agraonema.

Agraonema appears at key points in the film, such as the scene where Leon, a lonely assassin, carefully nurtures Agraonema as if he were his best friend, the scene where a 12-year-old girl, Martida, leaves town with Leon carrying Agraonema, the scene where Martida and Agraonema escape from the ventilation fan before the Special Forces rush in, and the scene where Martida plants Agraonema, Leon's memento, at the school.

The name "aglaonema" is a combination of the Greek words aglaoth "shining" and nema "thread" from the fact that the luster of the stamens looks like a thread, which means "shining thread" and is native to tropical Asia, where about 50 species are distributed.

It is an indoor ornamental plant that is vulnerable to direct sunlight and prefers high temperature and humidity, but is not sensitive to cold and has a suitable temperature of more than 15 degrees Celsius, which is the indoor environment of an apartment in Jakarta.

Aglaonema is a member of the taro family and its sap contains calcium oxalate, which may cause skin rashes depending on its constitution.

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It is called differently depending on the motifs and colors of the leaves. There is a bud in the middle.

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Picutum (camouflage) and tricolor are popular.

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The highest selling khanza of late.

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Even the same Agraonema has a completely different expression depending on the species.

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If you take care of it wholeheartedly, it will give off fresh oxygen, and it's a loyal one.