RIO ROSES: CONSTANT INNOVATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL EXPANDING PRODUCTION TO MEET HIGHER DEMAND
With the continued high demand for new rose varieties as well as the increasing demand for other specific flowers, we are continually expanding production on our farms.
As one example, the demand for Ranunculus is growing daily, and this product is notoriously difficult to produce. To meet the increasing demand, Rio will produce over 70,000 Ranunculus per week in ten different colors—and we have plans for even greater expansion.
Additionally, we are expanding the planting of sky blue, dark blue, and white Delphinium, and are testing new varieties as well. This couldn’t be more timely, since Pantone just announced Classic Blue as their 2020 Color of the Year.
All of our Delphinium, Ranunculus, and Anemones are now grown hydroponically on our Ecuadorean farm. As a result, we have increased our productivity and the number of stems produced weekly. By providing constant and readily available nutrition, hydroponics improves plant development and standardizes production. This has also reduced environmental impact.
As for Rose production, we continue testing and growing many new varieties including Lynn, Candlelight, Frutteto, Tycoon, Country Home, Magic Times, Lighthouse, and our newest variety, the lavender Govinda.
At Rio, we also focus on sustainability as a key component of our production. Currently, many of our Colombian farms are Rainforest Alliance and Florverde Sustainable Flowers certified; additionally, all of our farms in Ecuador are certified by Flor Ecuador.
We at Equiflor – Rio Roses are determined to produce the highest quality branded products with the most stringent standards in the market. That’s why we will continue to be at the forefront of innovation, both at the farm level and the supply chain level, to the benefit of every customer.