A MADE IN ITALY EXCELLENCE
So , I’m proud to announce that the first iris in the world grown in Aquaponics is a made in Italy excellence!
In fact, I succeeded in my trial to farming this flower bulb genre ’till the flowering stage.
Considered that unlike saffron, that is a rustic crop, generally the bulbs are highly sensitive to mold and humidity. Therefore, I had to devise some “tricks” to dry out the grow beds sooner without reducing the amount of water flowing into them from the fish tank. In other words, I had to work on the amount of the expandable clay inside the grow beds. Beside farming together with bulbs some plants that develop a net of roots in short time. Such as the mint, that indeed it’s a sort of a pest. In short,I’d to create a sort of barrier made of roots. In such a way that only little water directly reached the bulbs.
But, of course, being a trial I couldn’t achieve perfection with the first shot. As a matter of fact I lost some of the bulbs I was growing. Exactly in those areas of the grow beds where there was a void of roots or water dug a difference in the level of the expandable clay.
Nonetheless, most of the bulbs are flourishing and healthily growing. Therefore, I can claim that my arrangements effectively worked.
THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A FEMALE AQUAPONIST…
For me it’s highly gratifying. Particularly because I pushed so much this kind of production at My Rivendell’s Aquaponics farm. Therefore I can claim that this is actually an all-female innovation. That is to say that our business choice to focus on an ornamental production in Aquaponics has the fingerprint of female perspective. Indeed, I took inspiration by a video who shared a female aquaponist on a Facebook group. Beside my passion for flowers and all the market analysis I’ve made for years. But in her case she was just growing roses together with leafy greens.
Thus, reconnecting with the previous article I wrote: What does it take to be a female entrepreneur in the Aquaponics field. Actually this success of mine is a further evidence of the huge resource women can be with their mindset for unleashing of the full potential of Aquaponics.
Moreover, I think that this can be a good starting point for bring the benefits of Aquaponics in people’s houses. That is to say that if there is no habit of growing our own food at home, flowers are everywhere. Because we use them to decorate and embellish our apartments and office. Despite the fact that we’ve little time for taking care of them and most of the time they die for this lack of attention.
Thus, I dedicate this first iris in the world grown in Aquaponics to all the aspiring flower growers. As well as to the many dreamers who took some time to visit our Aquaponics farm in bloom.
In fact, I owe to you all my motivation to keep going testing new crops and challenging the potential of Aquaponics. Without the child-like wonder you show visiting my haven, my work wouldn’t have meaning.
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For special seasonal events in our Aquaponics farm- like the flourishing of some flower varieties and the mating stage of the Goldfish, Yabby - we organize 1-hour guided tours inside our Aquaponics farms and to some of our organic fields.