Just like painting your house, replanting is hard work. However, it is a job every grower has to do from time to time. Kenyan grower Panocal just finished replanting 8 hectares of their in total 41 hectare farm. “Labor wise it was quite an investment. It took us from April to September, but we are happy with the results.”
The team of Panocal at the IFTF: Mercy Njuguna, Paul Weseka and Boniface Kiama
“When you feel the production of the plants is going down, you have to intervene and replant your original varieties or choose new varieties to grow.” Panocal chose the last option. “We planted Veronica, Top Gear and Lampion as our new varieties. This year we also expanded by 2.5 hectares. We are raring to go.”
Panocal is situated on the slopes of one of Africa's highest mountains, Mount Elgon. The farm itself lies just outside the town of Kitale at over 6000 feet above sea level enabling the production of high quality roses for the European market.