Principal" covers an area of about two hectares, dedicated
primarily to the cultivation of the Strelitzia reginae plant for
commercial purposes, being the first to produce these flowers
on the island of La Palma.
trade is carried out both locally (flower shops and private clients)
and through export to several places in the EEC, especially Germany,
Holland, Britain and Belgium.
reginae is also commonly known as the "Bird of Paradise"
flower, due to its shape and the contrast in colours between the
orange and the bright blue of its corolla and the green and red
of the bracts. It is a herbaceous perennial and a vigorous plant
that belongs to the family Musaceae and is therefore a very close
relative of the banana tree (the main crop of the island). The
plant comes from South Africa and has been cultivated in the Canaries
for cut flowers since the beginning of the '60s, from sea-level
up to about 600 metres of altitude. It has a flowering period
that runs from September to May, with a maximum crop between December
and January. It almost totally stops flowering during the summer
months during which time the plants rest and recuperate. Advantage
is taken of this period to prune and propagate the plants. Once
cut, the flowers last for at least three weeks, which make them
very useful in flower arranging. Each flower can measure between
0.40 and 1.90 metres.
those tourists who visit our island and want to take home some
fresh and carefully selected flowers (1st Category and Extra)
they are available in special cardboard boxes so that they can
be easily transported without risk of deterioration in any form
of transportation. They can be checked in to arrive with the rest
of your luggage.