We built our first rose nursery in Ecuador in 1992 and now occupies an area of 15,7 hectares. In 1998 we started up our second nursery (20 hectares) and the third (13 hectares) in 2005.
The 3 nurseries are located at the foot of the Cayambe volcano, an hour’s drive north of the capital Quito. The Cayambe mountain is an active volcano at 5,790 m above sea level. The volcano’s centuries-old glaciers ensure the cold wind required for the nurseries. Daytime temperatures can reach 24 degrees Celsius, dropping to 2 degrees Celsius at night.
The average temperature is 12 degrees Celsius.
Ecuador is located on the equator, the centre of the world. Cayambe is 0"00"00" from the equator. This ensures 12 hours of sunlight per day on all 365 days of the year. The Qualisa nurseries are situated at 2,850 metres. The intensity of the UV radiation results in our roses having such an intense and lucid colour. The weather in Ecuador consists of a winter of 6 months (rainy season) and a summer of 6 months (sunny). The mild climate, all year round, ensures the optimal cultivation conditions for the roses, while the combination of the above-mentioned factors is the key to creating the finest, longest, biggest roses in the world, and that also have the most lucid colours.
The metal greenhouses in the nurseries are all equipped with computer-controlled climate management heating systems for optimal cultivation conditions and maximum protection against diseases.The nursery has its own multiplication department, processing room, cold stores and cooling tunnels to ensure that the roses are kept cool throughout the whole process once they have been cut.
Lafto Roses Plc. is a modern and sophisticated nursery at an altitude of 2300 metres, some 15 km from the capital Addis Ababa. In an area covering 16 hectares, a wide range of large-flowered roses are cultivated, meeting the strictest requirements in terms of colour, storage life and vase life. Up to date nursing cultivation facilities and a fashionable range make Lafto Roses one of the premier rose nurseries in Ethiopia. We are proud to be able to say that Van der Deijl Roses can offer you the top-quality products of Lafto Ethiopia exclusively.