Direct supply to Europe
Aquila Flowers grows 12 varieties of roses in a 28ha greenhouse in the Naivasha region in Kenya. For 2.5 years now, they are supplying the market directly. Their main market is Europe and smaller volumes also go to South Africa and Australia.
Trial for one year
Of each variety, they planted around 0.5 ha. "We start on a small scale and test each variety carefully for about one year. Then, according to the market demand we decide to increase the acreage or not."
Rosemary in bouquets
Gypsophila and sunflowers are common flowers for bouquets. Rosemary, in contrast, are not, but Hemade has high hopes for this variety. "Greens are increasingly more used in bouquets and scent is becoming an increasingly more important feature. Rosemary, can be used as a filler in a bouquet and can give scent to the entire bouquet", he says.
A peek in the rose farm
During the IFTEX flower show week, where Aquila Flowers showcased their products along with many other Kenyan flower growers in Nairobi, we had the chance to visit some growers in the Naivasha region and Aquila Flowers was one of the farms that we visited. They opened their doors and showed us, next to the trial area of their open field flowers, the process from cultivation till packaging. Below some photos to give you an impression of this farm and its processes.
A walk in between the greenhouses.
In the, in total 28ha, greenhouse, 12 rose varieties are being cultivated.
Right when the flowers come from the farm, they are being cooled in this cold store.
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