Situated in Sesquile, an hour's drive from Bogota, the new R&D facility of BallSB is now up and running. This new and larger location was already privately inaugurated in the presence of headquarter staff last September, but is now open to all growers of the world.
Showing growers HOW
With the aim to show their customers that BallSB's varieties could grow in the Colombian climate, but also - and maybe more importantly - how they could grow them, they started their R&D around the year 2000, in Madrid, Colombia. "Particularly showing the growers how to grow them is a big part of our service", says Lourdes Reyes. "We trial the new varieties in our R&D and we do not ask our customers to trial them for us."
In the meantime, they moved to street 200 in Bogota, but the time had come to make another move. "It was time to fulfill our suppliers' and customers' needs and move to a larger location."
The new property has kept BallSB busy during 2018. "It has been an exciting year, putting up greenhouses, building up the new facilities, renovating the old buildings that were already on the property, and planting the new varieties that we will show in 2019."
2019 - Exciting year
2019 will be a very exciting year for their R&D, according to Lourdes. "We are planting and we are getting ready for all the shows planned for 2019, specially for the Proflora show, in Bogota in October. At this show, we will present the latest innovations in the cut flower world."
Open to growers all over the world
The inauguration took place in September, but it was a private one, in the presence of headquarter staff. Now, their R&D is open to growers all over the world. "We are proud to invite our customers to visit us and see the new and innovative varieties in our R&D."