The blush glasshouses are composed of approximately 144,000 individual panes of glass. That’s around 2,800 tonnes worth.
Growing the Tomatoes
Blush tomatoes are grown in cocopeat, which is a natural by-product of the coconut industry. The coconut husks are mulched into a peat moss, like consistency and used as a substrate for growing Blush tomatoes. At the end of each crop cycle the cocopeat is given to local nurseries for use in soil improvement programs.
Germination takes place in our on-site built-for-purpose Nursery, and the seedlings are planted out into the glasshouses at approximately 21 days old. Each plant takes between 10 and 12 weeks to mature and bear fruit, and each plant is grown for 48 weeks of the year before being replaced.
During warmer seasons the plants are watered up to 40 times a day and in colder seasons around 20 times daily. Each time watering takes place, the plants receive the exact nutrients needed for them to grow based on the time of day or their particular stage of development.