Collective farm Teplchniy in the south of Sakhalin are cutting the first roses in the renovated greenhouse. They have been growing cucumbers in it for 12 years, but recently the greenhouse became too small for vegetables. Since new greenhouses have been constructed for cucumbers, tomatoes and other crops, the old ones have been allocated for roses. For that, a complete renovation had to be made, as the 'queen of flowers' requires different conditions. Currently the acreage has doubled and a new greenhouse allows for experimenting with new varieties.
“We did not involve any outside companies. We threw out all the old equipment, bought new lighting, changed the curtains and the equipment for the nutrition. The result was finally visible after we have been working for half a year”, shares the head of sales of Teplichniy collective farm, Ms. Elena Burkova.
In March, most of the roses were planted and today they are ready to be cut.
“The first cut is very important! If we make a mistake now, it will be very difficult to correct it in the future. There are varieties that are cut according to one technology and others that require a different one in order to increase crop yield. And one cannot cut too fast, every flower should be bowed in order to count the leaves”, shares the rose grower, Ms. Svetlana Avdeeva. There are many new employees in the rose nursery and most of them already show good results.
Every day up to 10 thousand roses are cut in the enterprise, before they hardly produced 4 thousand pieces. The production is working nonstop: while some buds are gaining strength, others reach the needed parameters.
In 2018, the growers cut one million stems of roses. This year Teplichniy are planning to produce 2 million stems, 4 flowers per each resident of Sakhalin and the Kuril islands.