Kenyan cut-roses are adored all over the world; and rightfully ranked among some of the best performing in floriculture trade. In the run up to the much awaited Valentine's season, rose growers across East Africa will already start flushing their reds so that they can have enough stems to meet the outstanding global demand. This is the time of the year when most Kenyan rose growers/exporters make about 30% of their total annual sales. It is also the best time to explore commercially succesful varieties as well as market entrants already being touted as most promising.
A few days before the busy Valentines Season, Flowerweb sought to find the most promising new red roses added to the assortment at Dümmen Orange East Africa. Growers around the East African region will be particularly excited with these remarkable reds... Joanna+, Robina® and Lady in Red®; especially for their good growth and trade qualities. These varieties are currently in full bloom at the Dümmen Orange Naivasha showhouse making this the best time for growers to visit and chack out the varieties and even arrange for trials.
Robina® is a large flowered variety from breeder Jan Spek Rozen suitable for growing at both high and low altitude zones. At the Dümmen Orange showhouse in Naivasha the rose grows an average 50cm - 70cm stem and average headsize of above 5cm. Production is 140-160 stems/sqm and a vaselife of upto 12 days.
Since commercial introduction, Joanna+ is already making a buzz in the market, and is being touted as one of the most promising reds out of the region. The rose has a striking red color and an attractive shape. She has an average vaselife of 7-12 days, stemlength of 50cm - 80cm and production in Naivasha altitude stands at 140-160.
Lady in Red®
Recently christened, Jan Spek Rozen variety 'Lady in Red®' exhibits good growth and trade qualities and is an exceptional addition to the Dummen / Jan Spek rose family. Rose growers can seek it out for trials and find out if the rose will fit within their specific marketing strategies. Just like most other established varieties, Lady in Red® has a nice deep red and is suitable for growth at both low and high altitude regions.