Have you ever been at an industry event and heard the word hectare? Have you secretly wondered just what the heck a hectare was? Or moreover, why it seems so prevalent among the grower discussions during that same industry event? Well, to shed some light on the subject, a hectare is a form of measure, especially as it relates to property. In the US, we refer to that same form of measure as an Acre.
Well, if you saw the yesterday’s blog post, and watched the video you saw that that Sisapamba is a farm plantation of roughly 25 hectares. That is the equivalent of sixty acres. That means that there are roughly two and a half acres for every one hectare. Now that is a lot of land to house all of those roses.
Sisapamba’s sixty acres have been producing roses for the world markets since 1996. The plantation is located in the town of Tabacundo. Tabacundo is just north of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. The business is a family business that has grown throughout the years. With the work of the entire Sisapamba network of ownership, management, and workers, the company has gained worldwide notoriety as a farm with impeccable roses of export quality.
Sisapamba currently grows over 100 varieties of roses and garden roses. On an average day, Sisapamba will harvest 65,000 stems of roses each day that are then processed and exported throughout the world.
After the grading process, the roses are separated based on variety and size. The roses are then bunched into the company’s signature red and white cardboard sleeves, barcoded, and taken into hydrate and cool to maintain dormancy.
The 1640 sq ft cooler is kept at a temperature of 40 degrees, and can house up to six thousand bunches. The hydration solution used is called Florisant. Sisapamba uses it because of it’s superior quality, known to give the roses a longer vase life.
The Sisapamba post harvest cooler is the first step in preparing the roses for their journey to a future Bride’s bouquet, an extravagant party centerpiece, or a simple “just because” gesture of kindness. Once the roses have been fully hydrated and cooled, the roses have the nutrients they need to be packaged, and sent on their week long journey to wholesale houses across the United States, and other world markets.
The photo to the right shows the first processes of after harvest procedures. This is inside the Sisapamba post harvest room. The meshes (those rolled mat like items) are what the stems are harvested into from the plantations’ many hectares of plants. Once the rose is cut, it is placed into the mesh. The meshes are checked at the post harvest reception area and sent to a precooling unit. After that process, employees will take those meshes to the classification tables to be categorized properly by variety and stem length. This employee has taken a full mesh of freedoms. Look at how long those stems are. He then cleans the bottom stems and measures the roses so they can be graded properly by size.
You can see these roses being graded by size to allow a uniform bunch, giving Sisapamba’s clients impeccable and consistent quality. This table is called a grading or classification table.
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