Aralia, Cat Palm, and coffee. That is how Diego’s day looks like. And no, he is not only drinking the coffee but is producing it as well. Diego Berrocal is the operations and projects manager at Plantex. He also works as the general manager on the coffee farm and coffee production side of the company.
Plantex is historically a green foliage producer/exporter. Initially focused on leatherleaf fern production, the company has been evolving, along with the markets. "Now we produce Aralia as the main product and Cat Palm in some small quantities to help with the mix. Nowadays Plantex is mainly focused on aralia production and has also started to become a well-known specialty coffee producer," Diego says.
Aralia & Cat Palm are the core business of the country. "We recommend cutting the first centimeter of the stem before putting it into the vase(with water of course), changing the water twice a week. We also have seen how the aralia and foliages are much more durable when they are not directly exposed to sunlight. And, if you have a whole bunch of aralia leaves, we put them all in a vase and use it as the main product; it looks very nice and fresh."