Visiting IslandRose Flower Farm

Island Rose Flowers

Island Rose Flowers

It was a sunny Thursday morning on the way to Makati Business District’s Hotel Intercon Manila. This was our meeting place for the shuttle van ride to IslandRose‘s flower farm in Tagaytay.

The IslandRose.net website has been around for quite a while and we know them as the pioneer in locally bred online cut flower business with delivery. Care to know how that dozen of flowers ended up from your PC to your doorstep?

Island Rose Flower Farm in Tagaytay, Philippines

Island Rose Flower Farm in Tagaytay, Philippines

IslandRose Flower Farm Tour

A right turn on the street corner of Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay, a huge sliding green gate guards the 5 hectare rolling hills of IslandRose’s flower farm.

First, we saw the water tank which serves as their reservoir that can also collect rain water.

Flower Farm Water Tank Reservoir

Flower Farm Water Tank Reservoir

2 hectares of the land area, at the maximum of 3, is dedicated to three sets of Greenhouses – the highest, middle and lower level. Each of the levels has 3 green houses which holds different groups of flower varieties including Dutch and French.

Island Rose Glass Greenhouse

Island Rose Glass Greenhouse

Foot Disinfectant to avoid External Soil-borne Diseases

Foot Disinfectant to avoid External Soil-borne Diseases

We went to the 2nd and third levels where small budding flowers greeted us.

The first one is a Glass Greenhouse which means the overhead panels covering the green house farm is made of glass. Most of the facilities are automated from the overhead panels which control the amout of heat and rain that comes into the green house.

Water & Fertilizer Injected directly to the Plants

Water & Fertilizer Injected directly to the Plants

There are also huge industrial fans which regulates the heat from the inside. Temperature is also maintained by automated spray of mist.

Harvesting a long-stemmed rose

Harvesting a long-stemmed rose

Water and fertilizer is injected directly to the soil through distributed irrigation for efficiency and effectiveness.

The second one we visited is the Dutch varieties which include the pink flower Cool Water variety. A name based on the commercial Cool Water perfume. But no, these flowers are not used in the essence of Cool Water perfume. It’s for marketing purposes only. :)

Island Rose: Red Rose

Island Rose: Red Rose

They have mainly three rose variants: the thornless and thick-stemmed Grand Galla rose wih dark red buds, the long straight-stemmed Red Giant rose, and the Red France rose with vibrant red petals. Grand Galla rose is Island Rose’s best selling rose.

Another Red Rose in full bloom

Another Red Rose in full bloom

On the other hand, the Osiana Rose features peach-colored buds while the Noseblesse rose has salmon pink petals while Vivaldi Rose and Texas Rose grows with light pink and golden-yellow buds, respectively.

How Island Rose flowers are harvested, arranges and packed

How Island Rose flowers are harvested, arranges and packed

Red Rose

Red Rose

After the flowers are harvested, the cut flowers are brought to the warehouse for selection, trimming, intial packing, and cold storage. These are then sent to Manila to the wholesalers, partners, and retailers.

Island Rose Computer System

Island Rose Computer System

Aside from the regular traditional sale system, IslandRose also sells directly to customers online with IslandRose.net.

Producing over 2 million European roses a year and delivering almost 5 thousand of the 12 rose varietues everyday, they have also exppnded their busniess recently to include other items paired with flowers such as teddy bears, and of ourse, chocolates (Belgian Chocolates).

5 Thousand Flowers are distributed all over the country by Island Rose

5 Thousand Flowers are distributed all over the country by Island Rose

Dustin Andaya, CEO - Island Rose

Dustin Andaya, CEO - Island Rose

You could directly order all of this from within their website complete with e-commerce payment transaction and doorstep delivery with partner LBC.

Roses have all the beauty and meaning to express a range of human emotion, idea or thought,” says Dustin Andaya Chief Executive Officer of Island Rose. “More commonly. we know that red roses signify love and passion; but there are also yellow roses which celebrate friendship and joy.”

island Rose Bouquet

island Rose Bouquet

It’s my first time to visit a flower farm and I’m glad to witness how Island Rose invested in technology and automated maintenance to handle their flowers’ consistent quality. We also went home with a beautiful two-dozen red rose bouquet of flowers from Island Rose which I gave to a friend celebrating her birthday today. :) Can’t help but think about Valentine’s Day way before the Christmas season. :)

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