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Ecuador’s Expansive Floriculture Growth Inspires Tours, Visits
by Peter Lauffer
December 9, 2007

No one ever said that small countries can’t have huge successes, and the Floricultural industry in Ecuador is proof of that axiom of success. Various factors—Earth position, rich, volcanic soil, and climate provide a perfect growing environment for roses, cut flowers, orchids, and experimental varieties of both tropicals and annuals. The country is geographically situated to allow it to have micro-climates and sunlight that provides unique characteristics to its flowers, such as the size of the bud, stem length, and the flower’s color intensity.

The Andean highlands surrounding Quito provide almost perfect growing conditions. Rainfall is more than adequate, and morning clouds protect tender young plants from the harsh rays of the equatorial sun, while afternoon showers meet and exceed watering requirements. The equatorial climate furnishes growers with plenty of sunshine and the neighboring volcanoes – Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo – have scattered the region with fertile volcanic ash for eons. There’s no reason to expect any shortfall in growing, either. The Floriculture Industry understands the importance of growth and development—as well as PR--and works to make the growers aware of the importance this type of exposure can offer to the industry.

Ecuadorian flowers are considered by many horticultural and floricultural experts to be the world’s best for both quality and unsurpassed beauty.

Ecuador counts over 300 varieties of roses and more than 100 varieties of tropical flowers among its native species. Most are renowned for their different shapes, colors, sizes, and long life after cutting.

More than 2,500 hectares are planted with flowers, and they are available for export all year long…the growing season has been extended through technology to last all year. The main markets for Ecuadorian flowers are, of course, the United States; the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Italy and Canada. In minor quantities Ecuador also exports flowers to countries like France, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil and Argentina, etc. Floriculture represents 10% of Ecuadorian total agriculture exports, making up 3% of the gross national product.

During 2005, the floriculture industry exceeded USD 365 million, and in so doing, became the leading export of the highlands region. With over 4,729 cultivated hectares in growth, floriculture generates more than 60,000 direct jobs, out of which 60% are women, supports over 120,000 indirect workplaces.

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Peter Lauffer has put together a great tour for us to visit Ecuador in February 2008...it closes for bookings December 14th, 2007. Please visit our www.gardeningtours.com site and get your reservation in today.

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