For those of us who are unaware, flower farming is a lucrative agribusiness in Nigeria and around the world, and it is one of the enterprises that can be started with little cash if you have sufficient land.
All you have to do is study how to plant the flowers that Nigerians love and that thrive in Nigeria’s climate, as well as the business side of things, and you’ll be making money from your flower farm in no time.
According to the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Kenya was once the leading exporter of flowers in Africa, particularly roses. Year after year, Kenya employs more of its residents in the gardening sector (floriculture) to boost its revenue, and Africa is the world’s leading exporter of rose flowers.
It exported rose flowers to countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and others until China surpassed it as the world’s leading flower exporter. However, Africa still has promise as long as there are more Africans ready to grow flowers not just for internal consumption but also for export.
Roses are beautiful plants that are used worldwide and can be grown in Nigeria. Besides, its benefits can contribute immensely to Nigeria’s export and revenue. Therefore, in this article, I’ll discuss how to grow roses in Nigeria.
How To Grow Roses In Nigeria
The following are the adequate steps taken to grow roses in Nigeria.
Purchase or obtain rose seeds
The first step in starting a rose garden is to purchase or obtain rose seeds. Roses, like every other seed crop, have seeds from which they sprout, and without those seeds, you won’t be able to cultivate them.
These seeds can be purchased at neighborhood fruit and vegetable markets or from other flower farmers in your area.
Read: Learn how to grow roses in pots here
Soak rose seeds for 24 hours in water
After purchasing these rose seeds, the next step is for you to soak them in a watery environment that is always humid. Because rose flowers take a long time to mature when planted conventionally, this procedure speeds up the process.
Look for fertile, well-drained soil
If you don’t start planning ahead of time, finding the ideal soil for your rose seeds can be tough. If you have sandy soil or dry loamy soil in your location, you can use it. You can also utilize this if your land’s soil texture is either of these soil categories.
Sow rose seeds in the early spring or late fall
After the rose seeds have sprouted, you can transfer them to well-drained, healthy soil. To help the rose seeds develop faster, you could apply manure to the soil before transplanting them.
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At least once a week, water roses
At least once a week, water the roses. After giving the rose seeds enough water for the first few weeks and they begin to grow, you will begin watering the plant with a small amount of water.
If there is too much water, the rose plants will not grow as quickly, and they may become diseased and die as a result of the excessive humidity.
Begin harvesting roses
The rose plants will begin to produce blossoms at this point. You can begin harvesting your roses as soon as this is evident and abundant.
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I hope you find this article helpful. I would like to hear from you. So, let me know if you have any questions about growing roses in Nigeria. Also, learn how to grow roses from cuttings without rooting hormones.