Rio Roses is thrilled to introduce our two new brands, Rio Jungle Exotics and Rio Foliage. Jungle Exotics include Heliconia, Ginger, Maraca, Pineapple, Anthurium, Musa Coccinea, Porcelain, French Kiss, Psittacorum, Bird of Paradise, and Curcuma. Rio Foliage offers a vast line of foliage for everyday use, including Cordyline Tips, Palms, Accordion, and Song of India, among many others.
These new offerings are grown in our tropical rainforest production fields on the East coast of Costa Rica. There, the subtropical weather and rich, volcanic soil create the ideal growing environment. These plants are native to this area of the world, so they grow beautifully and abundantly. In fact, when you enter the farm, it’s as if you’ve entered a rainforest: there is no greenhouse, and the plants grow naturally, under a canopy of trees that provide the necessary shade.
The cultivation of tropical flowers and foliage is different than other flowers as there are no bulbs. With foliage, it’s a matter of taking a piece of the stem and replanting it. With tropical flowers, they produce offspring which are then taken, sown and reproduced. They are perennial, and get bigger over time as they continue to produce offspring.
Tropical plants and foliage are incredibly important to the ecosystem in this area of the world, so our production takes this into account at every step. Our farm in Costa Rica is known for its sustainable practices, using eco-friendly production methods and protecting natural resources. As these plants are grown naturally in Costa Rica, we do everything necessary to reproduce them for export as naturally as possible.
The shipment of tropical flowers and foliage is different than other flowers as well. As they are produced in a warm, humid climate, they must travel and be stored at an average temperature of 60˚F. Once they arrive at a wholesale distributor or florist, they must be treated differently than a cold chain flower in order to preserve their beauty and maximize their life.
For more information on the care and handling of Rio Jungle Exotics and Rio Foliage, and to see the many varieties we have available, please visit our website at www.rioroses.com.