Spanish rose breeders Plantas Continental have a show/trial house located at the slopes of Mount Kenya in Timau within the confines of Uhuru Flowers. The company was present at the Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2015 where they displayed a splendid array of their varieties.
The above photo was taken inside Sierra Flora's trial house where Pedro and Avinash had visited to check out the rose Seville® currently under trials at the farm. Here are some of the roses from Continental's assortment showcased during the show in Naivasha.
Seville® is a standard bi-colored rose with a large flower of about 6cm. A much acclaimed variety in Columbia, Sevilla® has a vaselife of 12-14 days and a stemlength of 50-70cm. Production numbers in Columbia stand at 90-110 f/ m². Seville® is in trials in Kenya at Sierra Flora.
We first highlighted Cotton Candy® after visiting the Plantas Continental trial/show house at Uhuru Flowers in Timau in July. This rose has a bright pink color and a large 5.5cm flower. Cotton Candy® has an average stemlength of 40-60cm and vaselife of 12-14 days. Kenyan rose growers can realie production output of 160-180
With a unique pink color, Starfish® is yet another winner especially in South America. Starfish® has a huge flower about 6, 5 cm , with a long stem of 70 to 90 cm and a high petal count of between 125-130. Starfish® lasts on average 14 to 16 days at the vase.
Bellalinda® Cerice is a spray rose with a catchy Fuchsia color and grows 6-8 buds. The rose has a very good stemlength of 80-100cm and an equally good vaselife of 14-21 days. Bellalinda® Cerice has a production of 40-60 in Kenya.