Joe and I have been growing Hydrangeas for about 13 years now, we started with bare land and covered about 1.5 hectares with green shade cloth which minimizes the UV strength to 50%, to protect the hydrangeas from the burning effects of the sun We had a big task of preparing the ground and planting out thousands of little plants.
A couple of packed boxes We export most of our flowers, we use half a dozen exporters out of Auckland. A small chilled truck collects our boxes in the afternoon, overnight they are taken to the exporters by way of a bigger truck. Some of the exporters can be pretty hard on us, we are dealing with a fresh product so inevitably things can deteriorate especially when a lot depends of the way they are treated when they leave us.
We fumigate the flowers but they are hardy little beasts, and many of them sleep through the fumigation. Sometimes we even dip them in a strong solution of pesticide, which we don't like to do, but even then sometimes live insects are detected at the exporters. One of our exporters, NZ Bloom do really well as they have a fumigation chamber with a heavy duty product, and we get a small fee taken off.