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Jelle Posthumus, United Selections:

"Adalonia now available in large and constant quantities"

The Adalonia rose has been introduced by Amor in close cooperation with Decofresh and United Selections two years ago. Over these years, the production of this variety increased and currently, it is being cultivated at five farms in Kenya. "The Adalonia is now available in large and constant quantities and we will increase the production with the demand from the market", says Jelle Posthumus of United Selections.

The Adalonia at the Adalonia event last week.

The Adalonia is a white rose that distinguishes itself by its extraordinary shelf life, the stem length and the shape and opening of the flower. "This rose has a shelf life of minimum two weeks. The average stem length is 60 to 80 cm and the shape of the flower is classic and opens slowly", says Posthumus. "On top of that, the variety has a good transportability as it will arrive at the consumer without damages."

The Adalonia has been on the market for two years now and over these years, United Selections increased the production of this rose at several farms in Kenya. Currently, this variety is being grown at five farms, namely Amor, Akina, Alisha, Bliss and Omang. Now they have reached a point where they can supply large quantities on a constant basis. "After introducing a variety, it always takes some time to build up a reputation and to be able to produce large quantities on a regular basis."

Show greenhouse of United Selections in Nakuru.

Growing with demand
The five Kenyan growers are pleased with the variety. "Many of the growers supply the flowers to the clock and the prices are often above the average price for other white roses", says Posthumus. "And this is mainly due to the characteristics of the varieties", he adds. Due to the positive results, the growers are planning to increase the acreage of this variety at their farms in the near future. "But we will always adjust the plantings to the demand. So, we will grow along with the demand."

Open house and Naivasha Horticultural Trade Fair
In the coming days, September 21 and 22, United Selections will open its doors of their show greenhouse in Ngata (Nakuru), Kenya. During these open days, their new assortment will be presented. Immediately afterwards they will show their varieties at the Naivasha Horticultural Trade Fair, that will take place in Naivasha, Kenya, on September 23 and 24.

For more information
United Selections
Jelle Posthumus
Email: [email protected]
at +31(0) 62 077 88 97 or +254(0) 78 658 07 61