When you think about Ecuador’s agriculture, your first thought is probably bananas. After all, they are the world’s number one exporter of the fruit and have been known as a “banana republic” for generations, but all that is changing thanks to roses grown in Ecuador.
Did you know that Ecuador is the third largest exporter of cut flowers in the world?
This fact surprises some people, but the flower industry in Ecuador is booming. And within this industry, about 75% of these flowers are roses. In fact, one in every three roses bought in the United States is grown in Ecuador. So, what makes these roses so special and how has it created such a boom in the Ecuadorian economy? The answer might surprise you.
Roses grown at a high altitude have a growing cycle of about 15 weeks instead of the usual eight weeks.
Roses grown in Ecuador all Year Long
Ecuador is located on the equator. Due to this location, it gets more hours of sunlight per day so growers can continue to cultivate their crop all year long. There’s also a myth that by being located on the equator, roses grown in Ecuador will grow perfectly straight. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but long stem roses from Ecuador do tend to have very straight stems.
Roses grown in Ecuador have a larger growing cycle
Another benefit to roses grown in Ecuador is the elevation. Roses grown at a high altitude have a growing cycle of about 15 weeks instead of the usual eight weeks. This extra time allows the flowers to pick up extra nutrients, giving them bigger blooms and stems. And because it’s colder at higher elevations, the height also contributes to the wide variety of colors you’ll find in roses grown in Ecuador. Without using any special equipment or methods, these flowers develop vibrant reds, pinks, and oranges, and can even naturally grow bicolor – flowers that blend two or more colors together.
Roses are grown in Ecuador with a Social Conscious
When the rose industry in Ecuador became popular in the early 90s, many people were concerned about the working conditions and wages. Since that time, a major overhaul of the system took place. Now, fewer chemicals are used to limit the exposure to employees, and the pay has increased as Ecuador currently has one of the highest minimum wage rates in South America. By improving their industry, Ecuadorian rose producers have been able to increase production and offer an even wider variety of roses grown in Ecuador.
Want to experience the wonder and beauty of these magnificent flowers for yourself? With preserved and fresh roses from Ecuador, Sense Ecuador can deliver your perfect arrangement. Visit our website to explore all of your options, and then place your order. In no time at all, you’ll have our incredible blooms in your home so you can enjoy the sights and smells our home country.