Mareeba Roses believes in growing the finest quality roses using the latest cultivation and processing techniques. We ensure all cultivations and associated operations are carried out with due diligence together with an emphasis on responsibility towards the environment.
Integrated Pest Management (I.P.M.) is applied to reduce the use of chemicals and rather use bio-controls, predatory mites and soft chemicals like “Eco-oils” / “Eco-Carb” which are environmentally-friendly and reduce the chance of resistance build-up. We are really determined not to spray chemicals indiscriminately and are particularly strict with our sanitation practices to reduce the risk of diseases & pathogens. Daily scouting and monitoring of the roses identifies any problem pests and diseases early.
Mareeba Roses uses coco-peat as a growing medium for their hydroponic cultivation of roses, this coco-peat is imported from Sri Lanka and supplied by Galuku. We use this as a preferred growing medium as it has good drainage properties but at the same time has excellent moisture retention and it has a stable pH and it is noted for its excellent air volume. The coco-peat stimulates root growth and fine root hair development and at the end of its 5 year life span – the coco-peat is bio-de-gradable and will not be an environmental hazard.
Our fertigation program is when the nutrient solution is delivered to each individual plant via a combination of valves, micro-irrigation lines and drippers. Water is analyzed on a regular basis and the formulation of the nutrient solution adjusted accordingly. Alan checks the pH & EC’s of the solutions entering the greenhouses & again returning from the roses (run-off) – this is essential to monitor the rose’s needs & to maintain optimum growing environment.
Water is also conserved by our irrigation system – the use of drippers means water is taken directly to the root system and there is no chance of water loss due to evaporation. All run off water is used on the grounds around the farm so there is no chance of contaminating the waterways.