Sustainable soil and water management farming practices lies at the heart of Sunland Roses, for the finest export quality Kenyan roses on the market.
To maintain the natural and dynamic cycle of life, we use a balanced combination of physical, ‘soft’ chemical, and biological procedures to grow our boutique rose varieties. We have been working with environmentally friendly pest control methods for over 10 years. Technical monitoring through experienced and qualified ‘scouts’ enable us to stay ahead of potential threats to our rose plants from pests, fungi and virus’. Our trial site helps validate how well new varieties are suited to this environment and how resilient they are to pests and disease. The chemicals we use are industry approved and environmentally sensitive, to control certain pests and disease that otherwise are resistant to our biological methods.
We believe in soil health for rose quality and production – it is the most essential factor in growing some of the world's best cut flowers. Above all, soil health involves biological measures – a rich balance of micro-organisms in the soil, to breakdown the elements that provide the nutrients for our roses. For this we use organic composts and earthworms! Earthworms help aerate the soil, keeping the oxygen flowing through it and the entire biological process in good balance. Our compost is made from a mix of organic matter, mainly rejected rose stems and old rose bushes, biodegraded with natural solutions, to a rich dark nutritious form, which is then introduced to the soils in the rose beds.
Sunland is also extremely conscious on water conservation. The rose farm located on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya (230km north of Nairobi), the region receives about 800 mm of rain annually, and rain water harvesting is carried out from all the green house roofs, which is stored in a dam. With permits we extract water from the rivers which flow continuously off Mount Kenya, and the farm has its own bore hole which is also an important water source. Drip irrigation is used throughout the greenhouses which reduces evaporation levels.
Embracing the ‘cold chain’ harvesting system is key at Sunland. We keep the roses cool and hydrated from the moment they are harvested until they arrive in the florists in the direct market worldwide and the auction in Europe. This maintains the freshness of roses, and guarantees premium quality roses with an optimum vase life.
Sunland Roses is a supporter and member of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum and Ngare Ndare Forest Trust. Both conservation organisations work in the region in which we are located, and carry out inspiring conservation work on rivers and forests, and with local communities. Without the health of the larger ecosystem in which we grow our roses, we wouldn’t be able to produce our boutique selection of premium roses, scented and garden, clustar, spray, speciality, bi-colour and single colour varieties. All are beautiful, and grown with consideration of the natural environment!