Belarusian roses can be purchased all year round. The country's biggest greenhouse complex grows the most demanding varieties with the assistance of advanced foreign technologies and a robotic sorting system.
The ocean of roses is blooming in the greenhouse irrespective of the cool temperatures outside. The grower is using specific technology: while some roses are cut, other bushes are growing new buds.
Ms. Tatiana Gurina has been working with the demanding flowers for over five years. Before the upcoming holidays she can cut up to 3 thousand pieces of flowers per shift.
“We only cut the ones that have a properly opened center, such roses are further delivered for sale”, shares Tatiana.
The roses are grown in accordance with Dutch technology. Mineral wool, a drip irrigation system and special phyto lamps that work longer than twenty hours a day help the growers. Insect eaters guard the flowers from predators.
“Climate conditions are maintained by a Dutch system that regulates the temperature from 22 degrees in the daytime to 16 at night. These are the most comfortable conditions for growing the most impressive buds”, notes the head of production, Mr. Aleksandr Kryshtalev.
There are over 20 varieties of roses on an acreage of a couple of hectares. The most popular roses are those of red, white and yellow colours. Bush roses are also in demand among Belarusian growers.
It takes a couple of months for the roses to bloom. In order for the customer to receive the best looking flowers, they are sorted on a special conveyor line. That is the only such line in the country, in other productions flowers are still sorted manually.
“The roses are sorted per length of 80 to 40 cm. Further they are packed per 10 pieces a pack”, shares the sorter, Ms. Olga Fedchenko.
After sorting, the bouquets are placed in cold storage. Such cold conditions help keep the flowers fresh for more than two weeks. Over 20 thousand pieces are delivered for sale daily and before holidays, the quantity increases dozens of times.