New Zealand: Lily grower embraces best practices

When visiting a flower grower you have initial images of vast houses filled with brightly coloured rows of flowers and heady scents filling the air.

What may surprise you is that when visiting a New Zealand lily grower, this is not the case.

Lilies are one of the few cut flowers that are sent to market in a very 'closed state' meaning their colour and scent remains hidden until consumers get them home and allow them time to open. This not only makes them easier to transport (less chance to damage opened blooms) but allows for a longer vase life for the end consumer as they get to enjoy lilies opening in their very own homes.

Lilies by Blewden are committed to growing safe and sustainable lilies from their immaculate property in Cambridge. They produce lilies using industry best practice guidelines set out by the NZ GAP (New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice) and use a series of IPM (integrated pest management) to control pests in their plastic houses. 'Integrated pest management' means chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum.

Read more at NZ Flowers Week

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