Every day, nearly 100,000 fresh-cut flowers are sent out from the Flower Industry Base in Lanzhou New District and are sent to all parts of China by means of the convenient transportation hubs such as highway, aviation, railway, and others in the new district. The flower industry in the new district, which focuses on flower cultivation, planting, trading, and auctions, is now considered the "flower road".
"These fresh-cut roses are sent to Shandong. They were harvested, graded, and packaged yesterday, and they were pre-cooled in the cold storage for nearly 12 hours. They are shipped out today. There are about 8,000 flowers for this batch." In the flower packaging area of the No. 4 intelligent greenhouse of the base, Mr. Zhong Baohua, the end product warehouse manager of Lanzhou New Area Agricultural Investment Aibida Horticultural Technology Co., said that every morning is his busiest moment, and he has packed and shipped more than 40,000 branches. After being packed in trucks, some of these fresh-cut flowers are transported by expressway to neighboring areas such as Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Qinghai, and other cities and prefectures in Gansu, and some of the flowers are transported by air to Shandong, Shanxi, Xinjiang, Shanghai, Henan, Hunan, Beijing, Kunming, and other regions.
"At present, we have two sales channels, one is to go to the flower auction market in Kunming, and the other is to go to our own sales channel, and deliver products through online orders every day." Mr. Zhao Lijun, head of the production of the company, said that the development of fresh-cut flower planting in the new area started rather late, but the starting point is high in terms of greenhouse facilities and equipment, planting groups, varieties selection and cultivation, and policy support. In particular, the introduction of advanced foreign cultivation, irrigation and artificial light systems has enabled fresh-cut roses, phalaenopsis, and other high-end flowers to achieve all-season and all-weather production. After planting, an intelligent greenhouse with an area of 360,000 square meters will be fully productive, the annual output of fresh-cut flowers can reach 100 million branches and 1.2 million pots of various potted flowers.
“The intense sunlight in the north and the large temperature difference make the vase life of roses longer and the flowers more vivid and bright, that is our advantage,” says Mr. Li Zongjun, deputy manager of the Agricultural Science Company of the Agricultural Investment Group. Since the production of fresh-cut flowers in the intelligent greenhouse of this flower industry base last year, a total of around 4.33 million fresh-cut roses have been sold, with a cumulative sales amount of about 6.05 million RMB; and the sales of gypsophila paniculata were 26.67 tons, with a sales amount of 0.8 million RMB.