Case Studies

Improving Quality of Flowers

Las Palma de Ocoa city, Valparaiso, Chile
Country:
Chile
Category:
Agriculture
Tag:
Low Cost, Compost
Improving Quality of Flowers

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Located in Las Palma de Ocoa city, 110 km north from the capital city of Santiago, Súper Flor is a company dedicated to gerbera flower production for more than 16 years (at 2017).
Today, Súper Flor is the largest producer of gerbera flower in Valparaiso province.

Súper Flor has introduced EM Technology as a pilot test to control fungus during 1 year.  

Features of the Farm

Scale: 1.5ha
Products: Gerbera flower
Personnel staff: 7 staff
Market: for national consume
   
 

EM APPLICATION

The use EM Technology as a pilot test to control fungus during 1 year.
They use AEM (Activated EM・1) to soil, flower bulbs and plant treatment.

In soil treatment, they aded a lot of organic matter 1 month before of planting such as goat manure and residue of leaf.
AEM was applied via drip irrigation during all the cultivation season.

In flower bulb, they soaked them in AEM before planting.

In plants, they sprayed with AEM directly to flowers using backpack sprayer.  
 

EFFECTS AND RESULTS

1.    Low mortality in EM treated area
2.    Greener and vivid color of plants and flowers in EM area.
3.    First time in reached larger stem size and flower diameter in the shortest time using EM (Photo 1-2).
4.    Best quality of flowers with better price on the market with EM. 
5.    Production of flower increased in 45% in EM area.
6.    Reduction of cost in 75% due to reduction of fungicides and disinfectants with EM application. 
7.    EM is easy to apply in the current protocol by using drip irrigation. 
8.    Biological condition of soil improved with the presence of Trichoderma in 3000/g of soil while Fusarium was not detected in the EM area.
(Photo 1)
Control area with conventional treatment
(Photo 1)
Control area with conventional treatment
(Photo 2)
EM treated area
(Photo 2)
EM treated area
Super Flor owner along with our partner in Chile, Biopunto
Super Flor owner along with our partner in Chile, Biopunto
(Updated on February, 2018)

 

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