Once again, Timaflor is expanding its business and launching a new label: MLIMA. MLIMA means "mountain" in Swahili. In phases, 20 hectares of production will be added and the first stems are now on their way to Aalsmeer.
Thomas (third from right) and staff at the farm
The new nursery will be built next to the existing greenhouses, which are located on the slopes of Mount Kenya at an altitude of 2,350 metres. Recently, a large investment was made in the water supply; a basin of no less than 200,000 cubic metres was constructed. "This allows us to collect all our rainwater," says farm manager Thomas Fransen, "and to provide the entire nursery with sufficient water all year round." Thomas is responsible for the day-to-day running of the entire operation in Kenya, and he is also in charge of the newly built garden.
With the expansion, the entire Timaflor conglomerate will reach 136 hectares of roses. MLIMA will start auctioning the Pink Athena, Spark Condor and Athena Royale varieties. Athena, Ever Red, Golden Times, Tacazzi+, Confidential and Revival will follow.
The young crop
Just like both other nurseries, MLIMA is MPS, MPS SQ, and KFC Silver certified. Sustainable production is becoming increasingly important, and MLIMA is responding to this with renewable energy sources such as solar energy. The company uses solar panels to provide power for its operations.
The first roses from MLIMA, in recycled foil, will arrive in Aalsmeer today, Monday 4 October 2021, to be auctioned. Fresco Flowers facilitates the unpacking and auctioning of the flowers.
Processing the flowers