Science has never been a strength of mine. I dreaded my annual science fair project every year. I marveled in awe each year over the really cool projects that the other kids came up with. My favorite was the dancing cornstarch. You know, the paste like mix of cornstarch and water that magically dances when put on top of a speaker with the bass turned up. I marveled in awe watching that pastey glob of goo boogie down.
Now you are asking, what on earth does a dancing glob of goo have to do with a rose farm. Well to answer simply, directly, nothing at all. However, even in a simple glob of goo dancing to the beat, there is science behind it. There is science in the reaction between the cornstarch and water, and the vibrations from the bass.
The same is true for the rose. For a rose to perform at it’s most optimal levels, there is indeed a science to it. The plants must have the proper nutrients from the soils. The soils must have the proper PH balances, water management levels, and the propery fertilizers. Too much, or too little of any one thing can affect the way a plant produces, and repeats to produce after harvesting. Incorrect calculations can cause frail, thin, stems and smaller head sizes. Growers spend immense amounts of money on research to avoid costly errors like this.
Sisapamba is diligent in this area. Sisapamba houses a state of the art lab on the plantation with some of the most advanced technology. Together with a staff of specialized technicians and agronomists, soil samples are studied and testing on new varieties is done. All measures are taken to ensure that the plants perform at their optimal levels. This strict standards of excellence also allow Sisapamba maintain their FlorEcuador, Rainforest Alliance, and BASC environmental certifications.
And as with every living thing, roses are not immune to disease. One of the most common diseases among roses is called Botrytis. The labs on the plantation also are there to help fight disease that can devastate a crop. For smaller farms, diseased plants can spell disaster. The lab you see here in the photo, is the Trichoderma lab. Trichoderma is a natural fungus grown on site to be used in the fields. It helps prevent the spread of Botrytis in the crop. Sisapamba has had great success with Tricoderma over the last four years, when they first began utilizing it. Sisapamba takes great strides to ensure that their roses are of the highest quality from the time the cuttings are planted to the end of the plants life.
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