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The Petals of Pattoki

Posted on February 1, 2007
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S.A.J Shirazi

Flowers surely bring people together. Blossoms can fuel a flaming passion, calm a raging jealousy, comfort a living being or earn a living. Presenting flowers is a romantic social folkway. Aside from romantic and literary delights, there is commerce in flowers too.


The town of Pattoki is one of the most famous places in Pakistan for growing flowers. The town has one of the biggest clusters of flower, fruit and decorative plant nurseries in the country. Growing flowers and tree plants and selling is a major business concern in this sleepy town situated in the suburbs of Lahore.

Leave Pattoki – a typical Punjabi rural market town – by road and it is like sailing through the ocean of green. All those who drive on the National Highway between Lahore and Sahiwal are familiar with over one kilometre of lush greenery and the fragrant stretch of nurseries on either side of the road on the edge of the town. Aside from the fragrance of the wares, the traders offer a large variety of flowers, creepers, decorative bushes, ornamental and fruit tree plants, flowerpots and seeds. ‘How to grow’ flower books (even if you have no space in your home) are also available. I saw a few breeding greenhouses on the roadside and hundreds of rows of crossbred blossoms on a fresh spring morning.

It all started when a migrated family settled here after partition in 1947. Two brothers set up a small nursery along the roadside. The concern started growing with the passage of time. Later, the family grew and divided the business assets, which resulted in more nurseries as a family business. Afterwards, more and more people started growing and selling flowers and now the small town of Patoki has earned its claim to national fame for growing flowers and decorative plants. Despite having potential for becoming a recognised industry, flower trade in Patoki is still a family business.

“Rose plants grown in Pattoki are sent to places as far as Quetta,”

According to Mubarik Ali, a proprietor of a well-laid nursery,

“but what keeps us going are commuters on the National Highway who stop by and purchase flower or fruit plants for their home gardens. Or when we get a large order from some five star hotels or multinationals based in Lahore to provide them grown flowers plants (in pots) for special events. We deliver them the flowers, indoor plants, shrubs and even creepers in pots and the landscape experts and interior decorators arrange them for display on the site.” Besides growers and traders, a large number of people are associated with this trade: pot makers, gardeners, and labourers.”

Another flower grower, Mian Khan, told Us about a beautiful tradition that has matured with the cooperation of his nursery in a nearby village Thatta Ghulamka, where German volunteers are working on different poverty alleviation projects. In the Village every newly married couple is presented a fruit tree whereas parents of every newborn get a flower tree by the community based NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama.

Nature being on the side of agricultural Pakistan, flowers can be one of the best sources of earning for Pakistan. We have potential markets in Middle East and some European countries to start with. There is a dire need to explore these markets and grow more flowers.

Following video clip is made by ATP’s esteemed contributor Raju Jameel while he was traveling near Pattoki. He talks about all these nurseries that adorn the national highway N5 in this area.

Note: All photos are taken from flickr.com and come from very talented Pakistani photographers; however, they may not have been taken in Pattoki. Clicking on the photos will take you to their source website.

50 Comments on “The Petals of Pattoki”

  1. Farzana says:
    February 2nd, 2007 5:41 am

    Thank you for thsi beautiful post. I knew how flower shops have mushroomed all over the major cities but did not know where they were coming from.

    Pakistan should certainly encourage more in flower trade, even internationally.

  2. FU says:
    February 2nd, 2007 8:26 am

    It is extremely thrilling and informative. I know that Horticultur has recently been getting a lot of attention,but this sort of development in a place like Pattoki is a Great news of addition in Knowledge. Thanks a Lot.

  3. Kazim Aizaz Alam says:
    February 2nd, 2007 9:08 am

    Very informative.

  4. ahmed says:
    February 3rd, 2007 10:15 pm

    Phool tau do din bahar-e jan-fiza dikhla gaiyay
    Hasrat un ghunchoon pay hai jo bin-khilay murjha gaiyay

  5. OSMAN says:
    February 4th, 2007 11:32 am

    The international flower trade is a multi-billion dollar business. India is one of teh fastest growing exporters in this market. Pakistan should certainly try to position itself in this market. The problem is that this is a competitive market but also one where QUALITY is principal importance, and delivering quality is not something we are good at.

  6. Irfanullah says:
    February 6th, 2007 9:44 am

    Does anyone know if Pakistan exports any flowers at all. I saw a documentary on how it is big export business in India.

  7. April 18th, 2007 10:15 am

    This is agreat article to show that Nature not only benifits us spritually but materialistically as well.So more & more should look to produce flowers.Thanks

  8. mudassar says:
    July 2nd, 2007 12:30 pm

    Plzz Send Me A Map Of Patooki Its Argent

  9. mohammad khan says:
    July 28th, 2007 4:15 pm

    i am looking for seeds of Asouk weeping plant. i was in pakistan last month. i went to every nursery in pattoki for seeds, looks like no one carry. any one help me.

    mohammd

  10. mazhar butt says:
    July 28th, 2007 6:33 pm

    very informative and useful article

  11. ENGINEER SALEEM SHEHZAD says:
    August 8th, 2007 5:40 am

    I was born in pattoki .this is only the city in pakistan that produce a huge amount of different flowers that are not produce by any other city.more people of this city are gentle and very cooperative with others.If you want any kind of info about plants and flowers u find here.
    Thanks of site for presenting my views to other people

    Saleem Shehzad Pattoki,from old mondi chunian road

  12. sajid says:
    August 8th, 2007 11:15 am

    salaam,

    i am so happy to find out that pakistanis are growing flowers.. i have a discussion forum ( for muslims worldwide) we are in our infancy, the site is dedicated to flower cultivation..

    so please when you have time, we would love to see you on our website, and please dont forget to leave a comment in “introduction” thread

    thank you

    muslimgrower

  13. sajid says:
    August 8th, 2007 11:17 am

    i almost forgot the website url is http://www.muslimgrower.com

  14. October 24th, 2007 9:50 am

    Hi I

  15. November 30th, 2007 12:41 pm

    I am very happy to see this breaking news about pattoki.I am located at belgium.I am already importing some palm seeds from pakistan.if some body gives me some contacts from pattoki may I can help to promote the products internationally

  16. M.Asif Arif says:
    February 20th, 2008 8:12 am

    I am the citizen of the same city .Please keep in mind the God’s teachings all the time and ties their best to obey them as you have the capacity to do so.

  17. March 24th, 2008 10:53 am

    Hi !!! this is me Junaid. i really surprised to hear tht breaking news about my favourite town PATOKKI. we should make our country green and safe.I love u PAKISTAN….Thank u very much !! !!

  18. March 26th, 2008 11:50 pm

    Any body interested in Landscaping and Irrigation course which has very high demand in Dubai and other Middle Eastern countries.
    Please Contact:

    Nisar Ahmed
    Nissar464@yahoo.com
    Landscape Manager

  19. April 7th, 2008 11:28 am

    SALLAM FOR ALL
    DEAR
    I HOPE YOU ARE FINE WITH GOOD HELTH.
    I AM WAQAS REHMAN FROM PAKISTAN PATTOKI .I SEARCH THE NURSERIES IN DUBAI.IF YOU WANT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT NURSERIES IN DUBAI.PLZ CONTECT ME.I AM IMPOTER SEEDS ,AND PLANTS, ,MY GRAND FATHER MR.ABDUL WAHID STARTED NURSERY WORK IN 1950 .HE WAS FIRST MAN IN PAKISTAN WHOS DISCOVER NURSERY IN PAKISTAN .HE MAKES MANY FLOWERS,PLANTS,& FRUITE VERITIES .AND DISCOVER THIS. MY NURSERY NAME IS PAKISTAN:
    ABDUL REHMAN NURSERY FARM
    MULTAN ROAD PATTOKI GEHLAN CHAK#9
    AND I AM IMPOTER & EXPOTER PALMS .PLANTS,FLOWERS .SEEDS &SEEDLING .IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT NURSERIES IN DUBAI.& ANYBODY WANT SEE SITEMAP PATTOKI NURSERIES. I HAVE THIS .PLZ MAIL BACK
    THANKS

    WAQAS REHMAN
    from Pakistan Pattoki

    ARNURSERIES@GMAIL.COM
    CELL NO :0092 345 4743518

  20. August 15th, 2008 2:51 pm

    Aslamo alaikum

    dears its great to see my town even only name on the web during surfing, then i found a lot of details about pattoki.
    i just want to say i love my people town and country, we watch news and stuff on tv and always pray for it.

    thanks

    farukh

  21. Pattoki says:
    September 22nd, 2008 4:08 am

    HI
    The Website of Pattoki Has been launched
    visit http://www.PattokiCity.com
    thx

  22. Imran Yousaf says:
    October 13th, 2008 1:38 am

    Hello,
    I m Imran Yousaf.
    Pattoki is the famous in roses, palm, patels.
    In Pattoki the under ground water is Salty, but growning Roses, it is the Blessing Of ALLAH on Him. I say to All Persons of Pttoki on this thanks to Allah, it os very Blessing on Pattoki.

    Imran Saim
    Mohalla Ahmad Nagar Pattki (Kasur)
    0092-333-4181857

  23. asad bukhari says:
    November 2nd, 2008 8:46 pm

    hi,i m asad bukhari from pattoki,now doing L.L.M form uk.i m pleasd to see about my city.remember me in ur prayers.
    allah hafiz
    asad bukhari
    advocate high court
    ward no 5,pattoki.

  24. skhan says:
    February 4th, 2009 2:46 am

    AOA

    I didn’t know that pattoki is such a renowned place for flowers. I’m so happy its even near to lahore…!
    Thanks for such a informative article!

  25. CHOUDRY IMRAN SADIQ says:
    June 4th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Iam a flowerest,grower,wholesaler of tuberoses,cutroses,gladiolus,motia(jaseen),desi gulab i own a fruit and flower farms in hyderabad sindh and in gharo near karachi we grow kathal,gowawa,mangoes,chekoo,coconut
    CHOUDRY IMRAN SADIQ
    SHAHI FLOWERs AND SHAHI ENTERPRISEs
    Shop#2,Plot#267/1,Marteen Quarters Road,Teen Hatti,
    karachi,PAKISTAN
    74800

  26. Mohsin says:
    June 9th, 2009 8:24 am

    Hi, My name is Mohsin and i m having a nursery in the world famous pattoki nursery market with the name of Mohsin Nursery near Gehllan Phatak near Petrol pump AND I m very happy 2 see that Pattoki is becoming very Famous in all over the world thanx.

  27. December 4th, 2009 12:36 pm

    join pattoki webiste
    http://www.pattokicity.com

  28. March 24th, 2010 4:49 pm

    salam for all

    i have all kinds of plants ,palms,palm seedlings,sesnol flowers,landscaping desining

    my grand father started the nursery work 1952 he is the first man in pakistan who start the nursery ,MR A.WAHID MAKES MANY VERITIES OF FLOWERS,BAMBOS,AND OTHER FRUITS, PLANTS,

    IF YOU WANT ANY INFROMATION ABOUT PLANTS,
    PLZ CALL
    CH ABDUL REHMAN ,(X NAZIM UC#64)
    0092-345-8423388
    HAJI ARSHAD MEHMOOD
    0092-300-8421388

    FOR LANDSCAPING DESINER,& SUPPLIER PLANTS

    AYAZ REHMAN 0092-300-4242324
    0092-322-4242324
    IN KSA
    WAQAS-UR-REHMAN:00966-55-8818287

    EMAIL:arnurseries@gmail.com

  29. April 20th, 2010 6:38 am

    Iam a flowerest,grower,wholesaler of tuberoses,cutroses,gladiolus,motia(jaseen),desi gulab i own a fruit and flower farms in Gehan Chak #9 Pattoki. we grow blackberry,banana,lemon,sweet lemon,orange,pomegranate,mangoes,chekoo,guava.papaya.We also have wide varieties in evergreen decorated plants and flowers.
    Salamat Nursury Form
    Gehlan Chak #9 Pattoki.
    Contacts:049-4424343,0300-4448127
    E-mail:salamat_ali86@yahoo.com

  30. Mohammad Sadiq says:
    June 21st, 2010 10:06 am

    Salam to all………
    I deal in cycas plants at the Sadha Bahar Nursery Farm,Pattoki
    Also sales seeds plants and leaves…………
    Contact no. +923004706915………….

  31. flowers pakistan says:
    July 5th, 2010 8:14 am

    if you are abroad then you can also send flowers to Pakistan to yours loved ones.

  32. israr says:
    July 20th, 2010 5:51 am
  33. July 24th, 2010 7:58 am

    SALAM FOR ALL
    DEAR
    I HOPE YOU ARE FINE WITH GOOD HELTH.
    I AM WAQAS REHMAN FROM PAKISTAN PATTOKI .I AM IMPOTER PALMD SEEDS ,AND PLANTS, ,MY GRAND FATHER
    ( MR.ABDUL WAHID)
    STARTED NURSERY WORK IN 1952 .HE WAS FIRST MAN IN PAKISTAN WHOS DISCOVER NURSERY IN PAKISTAN .HE MAKES MANY FLOWERS,PLANTS,& FRUITE VERITIES .AND DISCOVER THIS.
    MY NURSERY NAME IS PAKISTAN:

    (ABDUL REHMAN NURSERY FARM)

    MULTAN ROAD PATTOKI GEHLAN CHAK#9
    FOR DETAIL INFORMATION
    0092 345 8423388 CH.ABDUL REHMAN NAZIM

    PALMS ,PLANTS,FRUITPLANTS ,FLOWERS .SEEDS &SEEDLING .

    (APM ASSOCIATES)

    GARDEN CARE ,LANDSCAPING,MAINTENENCE

    ALL LANDSCAPING RALATED INFORMATION

    PLANTS,PALMS,RIVER STONE,ROCKERY,PATH ets

    PLZ CALL

    AYAZ-UR-REHMAN
    0092 300 4242324
    0092 300 8411195

    PLZ MAIL BACK
    THANKS

    WAQAS REHMAN
    SAUDIA ARABIA

    ARNURSERIES@GMAIL.COM
    WAQAS_REHMAN76@YAHOO.COM

    CELL NO KSA :00966-55-8818287

  34. aftab says:
    August 3rd, 2010 2:29 am

    this is a nice article about flowers.

  35. Mohammad Sadiq says:
    September 5th, 2010 3:46 am

    Salam to all of You……….

    Respectfully……..

    I am Mohammad Sadiq from Pattoki Distt. Kasur having a floriculture farm with the name of Sadabahar Floriculture & Nursery Farm at Burlub Cannal Pattoki….
    I have quite range of Cycas Plant (Kanghi Palm) having plants from newly born to 25 years old. Potted plants and seedlings of Kanghi Palm are also available. Other ornamental plants are also available.

    For more informations contact,

    Home address… Japan Factory Old Mandi,Pattoki

    Email address… sadabahar_004@yahoo.com

    Contact no. +923004706915

    Compliments to all of you….
    Best Of Luck….

  36. Muhammad Faraz says:
    September 13th, 2010 1:09 pm

    Dear all,

    We need to purchase plants from pattoki, pls send us qoutations with plant size for onward processing.

    Kind regards,
    Muhammad Faraz

  37. October 4th, 2010 3:16 am

    This article provide great information about sending flower to pakistan. And i like the information you provide. I am also impressed with your flower idea. Flowers are the greatest things to show your love. It is a great idea on every Occasion. Specially on happy events like Valentine day, birthdays, eid days, etc.

  38. October 18th, 2010 5:43 am

    This article provide great information about sending flowers to pakistan. No doubt I like this article. I am also impressed with your flowers idea. Flowers shows your love to one’s. It is a great idea on Occasion like wishing valentine days, wishing birthday to your beloved. etc.

  39. Mohammad Sadiq. says:
    November 8th, 2010 2:18 am

    Salam to all of You……….

    Respectfully……..

    I am Mohammad Sadiq from Pattoki Distt. Kasur having a floriculture farm with the name of Sadabahar Floriculture & Nursery Farm at Burlub Cannal Pattoki….
    I have quite range of Cycas Plant (Kanghi Palm) having plants from newly born to 25 years old. Potted plants and seedlings of Kanghi Palm are also available. Other ornamental plants are also available.

    For more informations contact,

    Home address… Japan Factory Old Mandi,Pattoki

    Email address… sadabahar_004@yahoo.com

    Contact no. +923004706915

    Compliments to all of you….
    Best Of Luck….

  40. December 19th, 2010 2:51 am

    SALAM FOR ALL
    DEAR

    I HOPE YOU ARE FINE WITH GOOD HELTH.

    I AM WAQAS REHMAN FROM PAKISTAN PATTOKI DIST. KASUR .I AM IMPOTER PALMS SEEDS ,AND PLANTS, MY GRAND FATHER
    ( MR.ABDUL WAHID)
    STARTED NURSERY WORK IN 1952 .HE WAS FIRST MAN IN PAKISTAN WHOS DISCOVER NURSERY .HE MADE MANY VERITIES O FLOWERS,PLANTS,& FRUITE .
    MY NURSERY NAME IS PAKISTAN:

    (ABDUL REHMAN NURSERY FARM)

    MULTAN ROAD PATTOKI GEHLAN CHAK#9

    FOR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT PLANTS
    CH.ABDUL REHMAN NAZIM
    0092 345 8423388

    PALMS ,PLANTS,FRUITPLANTS ,FLOWERS .SEEDS &SEEDLING .

    (APM ASSOCIATES)

    GARDEN CARE ,LANDSCAPING,MAINTENENCE

    ALL LANDSCAPING RALATED INFORMATION

    PLANTS,PALMS,RIVER STONE,ROCKERY,PATH ets

    CALL

    HAFIZ AYAZ-UR-REHMAN
    0092 300- 4242324
    0092 300- 8411195

    PLZ MAIL BACK
    THANKS

    WAQAS REHMAN
    SAUDIA ARABIA

    ARNURSERIES@GMAIL.COM
    WAQAS_REHMAN76@YAHOO.COM

    CELL NO KSA :00966-55-8818287

  41. Mohammad Sadiq Kamboo says:
    December 21st, 2010 5:38 am

    Salam to all of You……….

    Respectfully……..

    I am Mohammad Sadiq from Pattoki Distt. Kasur having a floriculture farm with the name of Sadabahar Floriculture & Nursery Farm at Burlub Cannal Pattoki….
    I have quite range of Cycas Plant (Kanghi Palm) having plants from newly born to 25 years old. Potted plants and seedlings of Kanghi Palm are also available. Other ornamental plants are also available.

    For more informations contact,

    Home address… Japan Factory Old Mandi,Pattoki

    Email address… sadabahar_004@yahoo.com

    Contact no. +923004706915

    Compliments to all of you….
    Best Of Luck…

  42. Naan Haleem says:
    December 21st, 2010 8:08 am

    I have seen this heavenly part of Multan Road many a times. I wonder if the nursery owners join hands to organize a horticulture mela in the upcoming spring here. A little government backing with the push up of local politicians and decent media coverage with appropriate sponsorship, can turn this place into a significant attraction for everyone.

  43. Owais Mughal says:
    December 21st, 2010 11:03 pm

    A video clip is added to the post today. It is made by ATP’s esteemed contributor janaab Raju Jameel while he was traveling near Pattoki. He talks about all these nurseries that adorn the national highway N5 in this area.

  44. khan hameed says:
    January 5th, 2011 3:37 pm

    hi all…. does any1 can kindly tell me where can i get 100% pure rose and jasmine flower oil????

  45. sadaf says:
    January 7th, 2011 10:54 am

    very nice and informative article and you rightly said flower are sign of live…..

  46. March 22nd, 2011 5:18 pm

    IMPRESA PVT LTD an Italian based organization, working in Agribusiness in Pakistan. We provide agriculture equipments, machinery, complete processing units and live fruit plants like OLIVES and KIWI. We are specialized in olive, we provide olive plants(Imported from Italy) of various cultivars, consultancy, trainings. If any one needs olive plants or kiwi please do contact us.
    Aurang Zaib
    0300-8541833

  47. April 6th, 2011 2:30 pm

    do all things right time at the right place

  48. azeem asif says:
    August 18th, 2011 1:17 am

    aslamualikum
    i am azeem asif from pattoki dist (kasur) represanting asif nursries. we have all kind of in door and out door plants,seeds,flowers,grass and all kind of information about these things .
    special for land scaping and gardning.

    for more information contact,

    ch asif. +92 344 9412555

    nadeem akhtar. +92 301 4361236

    adress. gehlan phatak ch no 9 tehsil pattoki dist.(kasur)

  49. Amjad Hussain says:
    October 7th, 2011 7:28 am

    Can someone tell me if it is a good idea to start a flower and plant nursery in Pakistan. I will be mostly importing seeds, flowers and plants from abroad.
    Thanks.
    Amjad Hussain

  50. Rashid says:
    November 18th, 2011 11:54 am

    Nursery Vendors: I need 1000 indoor plants in plastic/fibre pot for indoor decoration.

    Plz contact if you can arrange.

    Regards,

    Rashid
    0333-2378826

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