Since the end of May, Peruvian Waxflower is once again available for purchase. We took the opportunity to reach out to Craig Bushnell, a California grower of Waxflower, located in Peru, South America, to ask him a few questions about his crop and how he got started.
Hi Craig, can you tell us a little bit about how you got started with Waxflower in Peru?
In 2009, we worked closely with both the U.S. and Peruvian department of agriculture to establish an import protocol that would allow us to import waxflower from California for propagation. Since then, we’ve made it a top priority to procure California’s best varieties available and set ourselves apart from our competitors with our excellent variety and selection.
What about the product itself, how do you see Waxflower in the market?
Waxflower is the perfect accent for any arrangement and is preferred by consumers to other filler flowers. The time that we have the product available fro Peru is the time where California is not in season, so the timing is just perfect for Peruvian Waxflower!
What about the product itself?
Our crop typically starts at the end of May and ends at the end of September. Bunches are sold in 425-gram bunches, and we are packing them in quarter boxes. They are packed only 10 or 20 bunches per box, making it an easy purchase for many customers. We sell our product FOB Miami to registered wholesale florists and grocery stores.
How many Waxflower growers are there in Peru?
There are currently three growers of Waxflower in Peru. Since 2010, we have been in production in Peru.
What can you tell us about the varieties you are growing?
We have over 18 different varieties most of those are exclusive to our farm and originate from California and Australia. Five new varieties will be added in 2019. Here is a full list of our varieties: Alpine White, Polar White, Glacier White, Denali White, Snow White, Frosty White, Arctic White, Berry Blush, Pomegranate Pink, Guava Pink, Pink Lemonade, Watermelon Pink, Cotton Candy, Dragonfruit, Scarlette, Rasberry, and California Purple Pride.
What can you tell us about the size of your farm?
Our farm has 60 hectares planted with plans to increase to 100 hectares by 2020.
For more information on how to source this flower, please contact Diego Chiriboga, located in Ecuador.