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We provide high-quality Rwanda eryngium to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Rwanda eryngium from family growers in the country.
Rwanda eryngium (especially E. planum) is one of the most strikingly-looking flowers in its purple-blue allure and one of the easiest to manage. Also common as sea holly, Eryngium is one among 250 species that share one family. The blue flower bracts grow around a toothed central cone (calyx) on each purple-colored stem with spare leaves on it. Its ease of maintenance owes to survival features including prickly, additional branches. In Rwanda, it thrives on the semi-arid parts of the country.
The origin of the name eryngium is in ancient Greece. Locals there gave it a term that described its thistle-like or thorny look. Thus the term stuck in both botanical and day-to-day use.
The widespread cultivation of this rock garden perennial has brought about many popular types. E. planum is about 3 feet high with half-an-inch thick blue flower formation. E. bourgati is small at 18 inches in height with half-an-inch wide blue-purple blooms. E. oliverianum reaches at least 2 feet high and features relatively large flowers of 1 ½ inch in width. E. aquanticum on its part grows to as high as 6 feet. It features both bluish and whitish blooms. E. alpinum reaches 2 feet in height and bears as many as 20 flower bracts in each stem.
We source Rwanda eryngium from the semi-arid parts of this country between Central and Eastern Africa regions. It comes from the backyards of family growers where it thrives especially along fences. On our part, we only make contact with farmers who grow it organically via farmyard manure. Our sources also practice responsible use of chemical sprays. The plant’s growing condition includes warm weather but it can survive under the extremes of cold and hot spells.
We harvest Rwanda eryngium when the vibrant bracts, blooms and surrounding petals are blue. The flowers at this time are ¾ inches long for the popular planum subspecies. They also measure 0.5 inches across. We cut the inflorescence made up of bracts and toothed calyces along with the stem using sharp knives. We immediately dip the stems in water at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives them months of freshness although the stems and leaves themselves will only keep for a maximum of 10 days. This indicates that the cone/bract and the flower itself are the hardiest part of the plant and still the most beautiful.
We pack Rwanda eryngium as single flower heads or bunched stems (25 per bunch). We enclose them in polythene sleeves to add freshness and protect the glittering allure of their blue colors. We then use a soft material to protect each bunch or flower from the next one within the carton. We use self-adhesive labels to indicate the cultivar, source, net weight and the vase life.
We store Rwanda eryngium at the temperature of 4 degrees Celsius and below. We keep them in dimly-lit conditions in a dry environment.
We transport the bluish flowers to the airport in Kigali via our custom trucks with a modified interior environment. You can expect the packages to reach your destination in the next one to two days upon dispatch.
If steel blue is the most captivating color that you look for in a flower, then nothing beats our fresh Rwanda eryngium blooms. Our bouquets go through careful post-harvest handling to keep the color and freshness. Our sea holly only comes from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified sources to add to its quality. We provide the flowers in your optimal quantity because we source them in surplus. Despite the prime condition of the blooms, we still maintain very affordable rates. You can start by making an order today!
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