Technologies powering cut flower industry in China’s Yunnan

Yunnan province in southwest China is an important producer of flowers thanks to its unique natural and climatic conditions. It produces flowers all year round. Today, technological advances have breathed new life into the cut flower industry in the province. Modern agricultural facilities allow for precise control over the flowering, and advanced cold chain logistics can enable consumers thousands of miles away to receive bouquets freshly cut from plants within 48 hours.

Yunnan has built a complete industrial chain of cut flowers, including a flower trading market and a distribution system that serves not only China but also the rest of Asia. The province produces 18 billion stems of cut flowers annually and ranks first in China in terms of cut flower production and sales for 28 consecutive years.

At 9 a.m., endless rows of roses were growing vigorously at a demonstration garden for modern floriculture in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. The park was managed by Yuntianhua, a company engaged in the manufacturing and selling of chemical products.

The massive greenhouses here have intricate networks of pipes and equipment. Picking up an irrigation tube from a flower planting tray, Lyu Jinlong, the operations director of a Yuntianhua subsidiary, said that the tube is over 100 meters long and can feed the flowers with water-fertilizer mixture from more than 500 separate outlets at the same time.


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