“The plant we work with in the Madrid greenhouse is the Gerbera flower (Gerbera jamenosii L.), it is an ornamental plant used for cut flowers and garden plants.

In this greenhouse 6 commercial varieties of different colors are grown, facilitated by the company Dümmen Orange. ”

  • Sunset (Orange)
  • Testa rosa (red with yellow center).
  • Testa rosa (red with yellow center).
  • Dalma (Cream with black center).
  • Pink elegans (pink).
  • Super Nova (yellow).

Objectives of this greenhouse 

It is a highly technical greenhouse:

  • It has humidity control by sensors. If the humidity is below what the plants need, sprayers are activated that adjust the required levels. Moisture influences the stiffness of the flower stem. The humidity should not drop by 40%.
  • Studies are also being done on how different salt concentrations can affect flower production. In drip irrigation, care must be taken to control the irrigation or the salts rise with evaporation and in the next irrigation there would be too many, damaging the absorption of the plant.
  • In addition the greenhouse has a ventilation system for opening upper windows, essential if temperatures are high.
  • Systems to reflect or retain heat with a top curtain covering that unfolds according to your needs. The ideal temperature is at least 10 degrees. Hold the heat very well whenever it has moisture.
  • It needs a lot of light, the greenhouse is fully glazed. It influences the peduncle of the flower, color and tone. Also in the number of flowers.
  • The irrigation is of course drip and from today controlled by plantae sensors that measure the plant moisture in the root system area. Excess moisture causes the leaf to grow too much and the flower decreases. Therefore the control of the irrigation is fundamental for the growth of the flower that is what really matters if it is the gerbera flower that is commercialized.
Riego  de la gerbera
Riego de la gerbera

The installation is located in the greenhouses that are next to the phytotechnical building in the ETSIAAB practice fields.  

Gerbera flower care

The roots need a large amount of air, so the soils must be light, with a large amount of sand, deep and airy to facilitate root growth without limits.

The plant needs a leafless, that is to say from time to time to remove some leaf, because they are the ones that more nutritious substances spend. Thus the ventilation of the plant is favored and diseases are avoided.

It is very important to avoid water stress. A balance between the needs of the plant and the water supply. The earth has to be moist, airy and without waterlogging.

Hub Plantae-Sensores en flor gerbera
Hub Plantae
Invernadero de flor Gerbera
Gerbera flower sensors
Vista exterior del invernadero
Exterior view of the gerbera flower greenhouse
sensores en flor gerbera
Gerbera flower sensors