Kenyan Farm Equinox Flowers has just planted the second hectare of Pink Journey, a white-pink bicolor cut rose variety of breeder De Ruiter. Equinox Flowers already grows this variety on one hectare for about a year now and due to the positive results and reactions, they decided to double the acreage. In January 2019, they expect to harvest the first flowers from this newly planted crop.
Rod Jones, CEO of this 26 ha sized farm is very pleased with this variety: "It is a large headed (4/5.5cm) and long stemmed (50-80cm) cut rose that travels and opens well. And after transportation it still has a vase life of 16 days. The demand from our buyers is high and it therefore gave good prices at the auction."
The only possible downsize he can think of is the current yield. "The plants that we planted last year grow vigorously, but the average yield per square meter is still unknown yet. So far, it seems to be a bit low, but we hope to see it increase when the plant matures"
All in all, last year has been a very successful year for the Pink Journey crop at Equinox Flowers and they therefore decided to increase the acreage. Jones cannot wait to start harvesting the first flowers from the new plants, which is expected to happen in January 2019.
Next to Pink Journey, Equinox grows many more varieties on their farm that is based in the Mt Kenya Region at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Most of their varieties are bi-colored types that they all supply to the Dutch flower auction.
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