You can call us the flower experts, from grafting to harvesting, quality control, storage and transportation. We know everything about flowers!
Our team works hard to ensure all processes are delivered with the highest standards all year round.
Our processes are simple and easy. We pride ourselves on following these steps carefully and diligently.
Here’s our step-by-step process to ensure you get high quality roses:
Propagated through grafting, a rose stem is fused to a more robust root stock and allowed to grow in a coco peat mixture. The roses are planted in our greenhouses once the new shoots and roots are ready. Expert scouts regularly check for diseases or pests, ensuring the plants are healthy and thriving.
Freshwater is vital to achieving high-quality roses. We have invested heavily in reverse osmosis systems for our irrigation water. State-of-the-art machinery feeds all our greenhouses and propagation units with a fully computerised and automated fertigation system. This ensures EC and pH levels are consistent and optimal throughout, giving our roses a longer vase life.
At harvest time, the roses are carefully cut at the desired length, bundled in protective nets and put in a post-harvest solution. They are then transported to the intake hall via a banana system. Up to 500,000 stems are harvested every day.
The roses are thoroughly inspected to ensure they meet the export quality criteria before storing them in a cold storage room to help maintain shelf life and avoid bacterial contamination. After the cooling treatment, the roses are moved to a grading hall where our bunchers measure the bud size and stem lengths.
The roses are bunched according to size and marked with a code – a crucial process to guarantee our customers receive excellent roses every time. The graded roses are stored in a cold room before being packed, weighed, labelled, and exported.
The roses are stored in a solution to prolong their shelf life. They are also kept in a protective sleeve and preserved in a 2 degrees Celsius surrounding to keep them dormant.
To retain freshness, the roses are delivered to the airport in refrigerated trucks and kept in cold rooms on arrival. This cold chain keeps the flowers dormant, keeping them fresh for longer.
At PJ Dave Flowers, we practise Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a practical and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. We follow tried and tested pest control methods to manage pest damage economically and with the least possible hazard to people, plants and the environment.