This month, LivRio is pleased to present some of the latest news from Könst Alstroemeria.
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS
Könst Alstroemeria B.V. specializes in the selection, breeding, and propagation of Alstroemeria plants for professional cut-flower production. For the past 40 years, they have focused on this one crop; these efforts have resulted in a large assortment of varieties in a wide range of shapes and colors. Twelve years ago they began breeding pot/garden varieties of Alstroemeria, and more recently have been breeding Zantedeschia. Their Alstroemeria plants can now be found in professional flower nurseries all over the globe.
Their breeding activities take place in two nurseries: The first is located in Nieuwveen, Holland, close to the Aalsmeer flower auction, where they have offices and a 5-acre greenhouse. The second was built in 2007, the “Flores la Serena” nursery near Bogota, Colombia. Located 1.6 miles above sea level, this nursery enables them to develop the best varieties for the South American market.
Könst Alstroemeria has a laboratory at both locations, with highly knowledgeable staff who are well versed in multiplying Alstroemeria plants in tissue culture, free of virus and any other disease. Today, almost 100% of their plant material comes from meristem culture; this procedure ensures that the grower receives strong and healthy plant material. Their laboratories are also becoming more knowledgeable and experienced in the multiplication of Zantedeschia.
Their professional staff works hard to continually improve Könst Alstroemeria’s product range. In both the Holland and Colombia locations, they test new varieties by selling cut flowers to the market and checking their vase life. Additionally, by integrating customer feedback from test facilities in France, Brazil, Colombia, and Japan, they have been able to implement a key step in their product development. They do all of this for one reason: so that florists and consumers can be assured of the highest quality flowers.
Könst Alstroemeria’s specialty line is the Spray Alstroemeria called Florinca Forever. While there have always been spray-type Alstroemerias available, they were never of a high enough quality to introduce to the market. That changed in 2012, when Könst introduced their Florinca Forever line. It started with Könst Paradiso, followed by the red Könst Dynamite and the yellow Könst Fireflies. Their latest variety is the green Könst Mojito.
Qualities of Florinca Forever:
- Produces no pollen
- Long vase life
- No dropped petals
For more information on all their varieties, contact them at www.alstroemeria.com or www.florincaforever.com.
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