In the town of Sululta, north of the capital Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Together2Grow grows various varieties and colors of alstroemerias, at an altitude of 2,600 meters. This production location has been in use since 2016, and the grower regularly takes a look at how things are going.
Recently, one of the two owners paid a visit: Fedor van Veen. "The climate is very suitable for alstroemerias here", he says, "and production is going as expected. Our customers are very enthusiastic, and we see that in the demand. In terms of quality, it's a very good product."
The major advantage of growing at a high altitude are the relatively cold nights, according to Fedor. That makes the flowers grow in a more relaxed manner, making them heavier. "Combined with a lot of light, this location is ideal."
Although the greenhouse, which was expanded to 1.6 hectare last summer, is intended for production, the grower also uses it to test new varieties. He says this is very important when choosing varieties.
At their locations in the Netherlands (Schipluiden, Poeldijk and Kwintsheul), Together2Grow grows more than 35 million alstroemerias and florincas annually.