A vegetable grower expanding into tulip cultivation - it may sound like an unusual combination, but for GH Botanica it makes perfect sense. The greenhouse complex “BOTANICA” plans to produce tulip cut flowers in the new propagation, which will be opened in 2020.
3D impression of the facility to be built by Bosman Van Zaal
The company from the Volgograd region (legal name LLC Ovoshevod) in Russia grows cucumbers on 36 hectares. Currently, Botanica is building a modern tomato project of 54 hectares under light.
The tomato project also requires an upgrade of the propagation facilities. The company currently grows cucumber young plants on 2 hectares, but a tomato propagation greenhouse of 4 hectares will be added, to be opened in 2020. Tomato young plants only have to be produced once a season, however, leaving 4 hectares of the propagation greenhouse empty. That's where the tulips come in.
High-tech tulip cultivation
Since tulip production only takes two months in total, it's a logical choice. The tulips will be grown for the Russian market, with a focus on Women's Day (March 8).
The new propagation unit is a professional growing area of 6.8 m high to the ridge, with light of 10,000 Lux, a heated concrete floor, a mobile grow pipe, and a top heating monorail system.
The supplier of all technological equipment for propagation is Dutch company Van der Hoeven. Water is supplied after filtration thanks to a reverse osmosis system. The tulips will be grown in plastic trays, filled with substrate.
For the tulip project, Botanica is looking for a Dutch partner with broad experience in tulip cultivation. "The use of modern technologies and successful experience will allow highly efficient production", Angelica Zarutskaya, assistant of the company's CEO. "We invite the concerned parties for cooperation."