Cactus Boy Nursery Delights Shoppers at Ipoh Parade with a Botanical Extravaganza!

Ipoh, 6 Dec – Cactus Boy Nursery recently concluded a spectacular succulent fair at Ipoh Parade, captivating plant enthusiasts and curious shoppers with an unparalleled celebration of nature’s wonders.

The 3-day event, drawing in an impressive 8,000 visitors, showcased an expanded assortment of plants that left attendees awestruck. Shoppers marvelled at the wider selections, eagerly exploring the diverse array of botanical treasures.

This giant flowering cactus takes centre stage at the Succulent Fair at Ipoh Parade.

Among the delighted attendees was 13-year-old Loong Yong Xuan, an SMJK Sam Tet form one student, who enthusiastically returned after attending the previous fair in March. Using his ang pao and savings from pocket money, he invested wholeheartedly in succulents, a fascination that sparked unexpectedly at age 5. His quest for rare and unique species led him to seek advice from his idol, Ah Boy (Koh Kuan Meng, the founder of Cactus Boy Nursery) and, armed with the understanding of these plants’ behaviours and intricate planting techniques, he curated an impressive collection at home.

Thirteen-year-old Loong Yong Xuan, a devoted succulent enthusiast, expresses his excitement at the second Succulent Fair, eagerly anticipating advice from his idol, Koh Kuan Meng, founder of Cactus Boy Nursery, and adding more plants to his collection.

Collaborating with Cactus Boy Nursery were Jungle Art Studio, May’s Nepenthes, and FFS Botanics, each specialising in distinct botanical offerings.

Aries Tan from Jungle Art Studio captivated shoppers with living art pieces, showcasing a stunning assortment of platycerium or staghorn ferns. Additionally, her collection included unique air plants, monsteras, aspleniums, and beautifully crafted decorating wood pieces. These plants serve to enhance gardens while doubling as exquisite wall adornments, adding a touch of artistic elegance to any space.

Aries Tan showcases a staghorn fern, heralded as a living art piece that evolves in shape and pattern as it grows.

Jungle Art Studio’s unique collections include Tillandsia Magnusiana (miniature air plant) (left) and Tillandsia Red Abdita.

May, of May’s Nepenthes, brought her wealth of expertise in captivating plant varieties such as nepenthes, sarracenia, drosera, venus flytraps, and other carnivorous plants, infusing the fair with her boundless knowledge and enthusiasm. As a passionate nepenthes enthusiast in Malaysia, May eagerly introduced shoppers to the diverse range of nepenthes species through engaging sharings and informative posters. May also provided invaluable tips for nurturing these unique plants, highlighting essential care techniques to intrigued attendees.

May, from May’s Nepenthes, engagingly introduces shoppers to a diverse range of Nepenthes species through informative posters and engaging discussions.

This Ampullaria Black Miracle stands out among the carnivorous plant collection for its striking beauty.

Eric Tong from FFS Botanics specialises in plant growth fertilisers and showcased an extensive collection of caudex plants, drawing both seasoned enthusiasts and novices. Their line of growth technology-based fertilizers garnered significant interest during the fair. Eric also exhibited an impressive selection of rare and well-cultivated caudex plants, featuring specimens like the Stephania Nova “Kaweesakii” (single-leaf Stephania Erecta), and flowering Stephania Erecta, captivating attendees with their uniqueness and beauty.

At the Ipoh Parade Succulent Fair, Eric introduces shoppers to their line of growth technology-based fertilizers.

An impressive selection of rare and well-cultivated caudex plants, featuring specimens like the single-leaf Stephania Nova “Kaweesakii” (back) and the flowering Stephania Erecta (front).

Cactus Boy Nursery astounded shoppers with an expanded collection of cacti and succulents sourced locally and internationally. Standouts included the Blue Myrtle Cactus, known as the Blue Candle, with a meaningful Chinese name symbolizing the wood of the divine dragon—a fitting addition for the upcoming 2024, the Year of the Dragon. Another crowd-favourite was the Fairy Castle Cactus, admired for its intricate growth pattern.

Behold the Fairy Castle Cactus, renowned for its intricate growth pattern.

The Blue Myrtle Cactus (Blue Candle),
bearing a meaningful Chinese name
symbolizing the wood of the divine dragon.

Beyond succulents, the fair also boasted a diverse selection of indoor and jungle plants, captivating visitors with its sheer variety and scale.

Maranta Leuconeura, widely known as the prayer plant.

Lim Huey Tyng, Advertising & Promotions Ipoh Parade Manager, expressed her delight at the fervour of plant enthusiasts and their eagerness to explore unique additions for their homes:

“We can feel the passion of plant lovers and their keen interest in discovering something exceptional and interesting for their homes. The succulent fair was a testament to their enthusiasm for learning and exchanging planting tips with expert gardeners,” said Huey Tyng. 

Koh Kuan Meng (in red shirt) shares planting knowledge and tips with plant enthusiasts at the Ipoh Parade Succulent Fair.

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