Horticulture Crops Directorate western manager, Florence Khaemba inspects flowers for pests and diseases in a farm in Maseno. She notes that there is huge potential for summer flowers in western Kenya. PHOTO | ELIZABETH OJINA | NMG

What you need to know:

  • The flowers grow well in temperatures of up to 300 Celsius. In western, Florence says the summer flowers can grow well in various counties namely Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Trans Nzoia.
  • Claspedia gets high demand during Mother’s Day celebration and is also used when making bouquets. The small headed yellow flower has shelf-life of one month.
  • The best approach is finding the buyer first in a system where you sell before you produce. Often the buyer will guide you on the right propagation for the flower depending on the end market.
  • With the Kisumu and Eldoret international airports just a stone throw away, Florence reckons that farmers in the region are sitting on a gold mine.

Beautiful pink flowers swing from side to side insync with a cool breeze blowing at the Maseno Agricultural Training Centre.

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