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Vietnam: Grower thrives with pumpkin greenhouse in Da Lat

Known for his garden of giant pumpkins, originating from America, farmer Le Huu Phan in the resort city of Da Lat, in central Vietnam, has successfully planted nearly ten special varieties of fruits and vegetables. His garden has become a new tourist attraction in Da Lat.

Phan said in his 4,000m2 garden, he has devoted up to 3,000m2 for growing vegetable seedlings to supply to other farmers. The remaining 1,000m2 is for trial plantation of strange fruits and vegetables that Vietnam does not have, including giant pumpkin from the US, purple kohlrabi, the 7-color cabbage, the back black tomatoes and others.

The farmer said the cultivation techniques of these crops are similar to those applied to existing vegetable varieties in Da Lat. The biggest difficulty is how to purchase the seeds. Phan said he bought the seeds of these vegetables through his friends abroad.

According to Phan, the cost of cultivation of these strange vegetables and fruits is not higher than that of domestic varieties so he sold them at reasonable prices, from VND40,000 to VND50,000/product or per kilo. Therefore, his garden has lured a lot of visitors and tourists, who come to see and purchase the strange vegetables and fruits.

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