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Ethiopia carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) produce some of the largest flower heads for this type of blooms among regional horticultural economies. The country exports millions of stems from the southern parts yearly from both small-scale and large plantations. The climate provides the alkaline, well-drained grounds with plenty of sun that characterize the Rift Valley region of Ethiopia. This typically blue or purple flower is commemorative of motherhood and serves in many regions of the world as a gift to mums on Mother’s Day.
The initial mention of the term ‘carnation’ was in Greek poems at the end of the first millennium B.C. Some think that the word may have come from the coronation or placing flower garlands on one’s heads during rituals or celebrations. It has since become a common staple in florists’ shops on various vase displays due to its relatively long shelf life under optimal conditions.
We source Ethiopia flowers from the heart of the southern region, a couple of a few hundred kilometers from Addis Ababa. The flowers grow above 2500 meters above sea level, at cool natural environment. The farming area can range from 1 hectare for small growers to 87 hectares for medium scale farmers.
We harvest Ethiopia carnations when the petals are diagonally open to let out the remarkable spread of the reddish purple bloom within, to show off its true colors. Our workers enhance the picking process for quick delivery away from the sun by keeping the cut heads on wire mesh inside which they grow. The workers then come along and put the stems into baskets after finishing each row. We normally harvest two types: those with completely open buds and those with just a fourth of their buds, per flower open.
We grade Ethiopia carnations bey several factors including fragrance, size and length. The most fragrant flowers emit a pleasant odor that appeals to most of the market. We usually use very stringent measures to define a proper bunch: one with about 30 buds in a cluster, a fourth of which are usually open.
In bunching, we reduce the incidences of breakages by alternating short and high blooms. Usually, for every five short stems there follows five long ones. This not only increases solidity, but improves the breathing area for each neck of the flower while also lowering the chances of crushing during transportation.
We pack carnations in single-layered fiberboard boxes that are flat and low-height. We place them in bunches that form rows. We separate each row from the other using wrappings such as waxed paper to reduce friction and maintain freshness.
We store carnations in a cold room environment to maintain the color and the natural spread of the buds. Our ideal temperature range is usually below 1° Celsius and above zero degrees Celsius. The partially open buds store longer than the fully open ones. They can stay in a good condition for up to five weeks, while those harvested while fully open can have a shelf life of one month under cold room environment.
We transport the Ethiopia carnations under controlled temperature vehicles. We deliver them at 0° Celsius. You can expect the delivery on the same day of dispatch from the Bole International Airport.
Indeed, we are your one-stop shop for the beautiful Ethiopia carnations. We provide set parameters for each delivery, including proper grading, sourcing from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified farms and in a fresh-cut condition. Our prices reflect those of the country, which are among the lowest in the flower-exporting world. For more information or to make an order, talk to us today!
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