14 November, 2018

Process and steps of buying our greenhouses and other services


Get your greenhouse in this simple steps
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Once anyone has decided to do a project he always finds the right people or the right company to help him achieve his or her goals, the most important question is what is the processes leading me to acquire this services?. The service provider he or she is looking for should have experience in the field of engagement. We at hortitechno has the experience in greenhouses, open drip installation, landscaping, liners and horticultural consultancy in general. we value good work and reliable professionalism.


Step 1:

pre-site survey

Site survey involves knowing the location if its viable for the greenhouse or landscaping project to be carried out. for the greenhouse, we check the measurement of the area, gradient, water availability, soil sampling for lab analysis, windbreakers.

Landscaping survey also help us to identify the climate of the area since in Kenya we have a different climate, check the soil type to see which plant can be planted. We also check the soil profile to help us in case of cuts and backfilling, we also take measurements and map existing trees and structures to helps us do a landscape design accurately.

Water drilling survey in Kenya requires a Geological survey to help the client understand the depth of the borehole and also to identify the exact location to be drilled plus the cost.

For horticulture and dam liner we also require a survey for soil profiling, climate, slope, drainage and soil sampling for a lab test.


Step 2:

Agreement and Invoice

After the pre-site survey, we invoice our client based on the project they want to do. this takes into consideration of materials and services to be used, transportation of materials as agreed between the hortitechno and the clients. Sometimes we accompany our Invoice with agreement form that is signed between us and the client.
The client then makes the payment in our account and we deliver the materials to start the project.

Step 3:

Materials delivery:

Greenhouse material delivery takes 2 to 3 days from the day of payment. the 2-3 days help us to prepare and also to get the next available free technician from one of our many projects.

For water drilling, we will bring the rig to start its work based on the availability as will be communicated.

Landscaping, dam lining and horticulture we also bring the seeds or trees for planting as indicated in our planning and designs.

step 4:

Project execution

 wooden greenhouse in Kenya, greenhouse measuring 8 meters by 15 meters construction takes 3 days under good weather condition. Our able team of professional gives it the best anchorage and a neat finish.



Hortitechno greenhouses, landscaping, dam lining and extension services are the best in Kenya.

06 October, 2018

Hortitechno quality farming in greenhouses

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Metallic greenhouse in Kenya


A Hortitechno we provide you with the best quality and affordable greenhouses that are customized according to your area climate and are durable. A greenhouse is a structure made of timber, metallic steel structures, concrete or PVC pipes and is covered with a transparent material like U.v treated poly-sheets and ventilation nets that allows in light for plants to grow, this heat is given out gradually at night.
Types of greenhouses
Hortitechno commercial greenhouses structures are made majorly from strong timber and steel to withstand the harsh climatic weather condition in Kenya and are also durable. Wooden greenhouses last for 4 years averagely and our steel greenhouses last longer.
We also use PVC pipes to build small kitchen greenhouse for the gardener who wishes to produce their food. PVC greenhouses cannot stand harsh weather like the wind with high speed, this has informed our choice of using PVC plastic greenhouse for gardening, nursery raising and backyard kitchen. This type of greenhouse is cheaper to start with.

Advantages of our greenhouse in Kenya


  • Long season production since it creates a microclimate
  • Increase vigour in production hence vegetable takes a shorter time to produce
  • You get a good quality harvest in a small place
  • Improve product quality
  • Saves water with the use of drip irrigation kit
  • Minimizes chemical uses
  • Prevent insect and predators to interfere with plants
  • Reduces labour

Difference between metallic and wooden Greenhouses



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As one of the greenhouse constructing companies in Kenya,  Hortitechno is one of the pioneer and greenhouse suppliers in Nairobi Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda And Rwanda. Hortitechno greenhouses have been in existence since 2000 and were founded and registered in Kenya by a group of professionals in horticulture. Other products and services we offer ranges from Water drilling from 100 Meters deep, Soil sampling and testing, Shade houses for hot areas, Hybrid seeds, Open field/ Outdoor drip irrigation, Dam liner ( Geo -membrane) Installation, Agronomy and Landscaping.
Greenhouse farming in Kenya has been the income earner for most of our farmers who use modern farming technology. A small commercial greenhouse kit of 8 meters by 15 meters can give you an income of up to 300,000 Kenya shilling if managed properly. We do affordable wooden and metallic greenhouses all over east and central Africa.

Greenhouse construction in Kenya

Hortitechno metallic greenhouses kits are designed in tunnel shape and A - type
for wooden greenhouses, this is done after consideration of climatic condition in Kenya namely wind which flows at 110km/hour and the rain.
Our greenhouse material like greenhouse polythene sheeting that we supply are made of three layers and are up to 200 microns, ultraviolet or infrared treated and can last you for 6 years with three years guarantee in Kenya.
The insect netting for the greenhouses we do in Kenya are in fine mesh used in ventilating the greenhouse and also screen insects that would go in the greenhouse like whitefly.

Greenhouse covering

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Some part of the Kenyan climate is Warm and some part of the country is cold we customize our greenhouses according to the climate. In a colder region like Kikuyu, Nairobi, Kericho, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kitale, we install roll up and do standard height for warmth, while in warm climates like Kisumu, Machakos, Mombasa, Kitengela, Bondo, Maralal and Turkana we install greenhouses with good ventilation.

Metallic and Wooden greenhouse Durability

As a Greenhouse company in Kenya, we provide Wooden and Metallic greenhouse structure all customized according to the climate of the area. The two types of greenhouse we provide according to the farmer's financial ability. Our greenhouse is also affordable and can be easily moved. The wooden structured greenhouse Last for a period of four years and Metallic greenhouse last for a period of 10-15 years.
Greenhouse profitability in Kenya
Greenhouse profits and margins depends on the following factors: Reliable Water availability, Good greenhouse management skills, Good and strong greenhouse that we provide in Kenya, Proper soil preparation through nutrient amendment and soil sterilization in places infected by bacterial wilt pathogen, Good hybrid seeds and also good market for the greenhouse produce.

Greenhouse kits complete package

Our greenhouse farmers package is affordable and comes complete with: Greenhouse structure, U.v treated polythene, Water tank, Seeds, Agro-visits, Market links, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Knapsack sprayer,  Drip kits, Installation.

Client provision:

For greenhouse installation the farmer is to provide:

Land, manure, water connection to the greenhouse tank, Farm hand to be trained and land preparation.

Other services we offer:


  1. Shade house
  2. Landscaping
  3. Fish cage farming
  4. Tree orchards
  5. Open drip irrigation
  6. Soil sampling and testing
  7. Dam liner
  8. Water Drilling
Greenhouse company in kenya is the best agri -service provider.

12 May, 2016

What is the advantages of a greenhouse?

   

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A greenhouse is a structure with walls and roof made of transparent material, such as greenhouse polythenes, glass in which plants requiring regulated climatic conditions are grown. These .greenhouse  structures are of different sizes from small tunnels to large commercial sizes. Inside of a greenhouse exposed to sunlight becomes warmer than the external ambient temperature, protecting the plants from external weather and insects.
 These greenhouses are made from different frames material. we as greenhouse kenya company have the wooden framed greenhouse, metallic framed greenhouse, concrete framed greenhouses and plastic framed greenhouses.

greenhouses technology started from the ancient roman empire to grow cucumber but was later modified commercial by the french.


The advantage of a greenhouse.


  • Promote quick growth in greenhouse plants
  • High yield production of small pieces of land per square area
  • Control  of pest and disease
  • High-quality tomato produce
  • Protect the plants from extreme heat and humidity.
  • Variety of tomatoes is harvested for a longer period 
  • Variety of tomatoes has a post harvest longevity of 21 days
  • The variety of tomatoes have a good rind and cannot be broken while transporting.
  • Limited use of chemicals ( integrated pest management)
  • Low quantity of water used through drip irrigation.

why our greenhouse is the best in Kenya

with hortitechno produce and services greenhouses, you get the best produce in horticulture.

  • Our company greenhouses are high with a side length of 7 feet and above from the ground surface, you can walk on the sides and it has more room for plant growth and production with the apex of between 4.3 to 4.5 meters. this also allows good air circulation which promotes good regulation of temperature and reduces fungal diseases infection this is done in relation to the climate in Kenya other parts of the world.
  • Greenhouses kits we sell are strong and made of stronger galvanized metals compared to aluminum, it withstands high wind speed and durable, last for over 20 years with changing of the cover after every 5 years.
  • Our greenhouse structures in Kenya are covered with durable u.v treated polythene with good insect net to screen out tuta absoluta, white flies among other insects.
  • Our greenhouse kits are easy to dismantle and assemble, hence it can be relocated with ease.
  • The Wooden greenhouse and metallic greenhouse comes with crop support in them, strong, high, flexible in any size and can be custom made to fit any space and durable.
  • Construction of our structure is between 3 to 1 week depending on the size and the climatic conditions.

In Hortitechno produce and services, we understand the agronomic expertise involved in having a greenhouse for better tomato farming in Kenya.

11 May, 2016

Best greenhouse management skills and crop protection

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Nursery preparation


In our greenhouses the nursery is where the seeds are sown before transplanting or a stage of the plant before transplanting, always plant more seeds than the actual number needed to take care of germination percentage and gaping.
The nursery should be well tilted so that the seedlings have easy time germinating. Insecticide and fungicide should be sprayed to control dumping off and insect cutting the seedlings. Watering and mulching should be done to help the plant grow. We have different media used in nursery and tray holders. Media can be soil, coco peat, peat moss among others.
 Hortitechno agronomist will assist you in setting up a great nursery and help in raising healthy seedlings.

Bed preparation


Bed preparation is the digging of soil and preparing where the transplant will stay till harvesting, this is done by preparing furrows at an interval of 70 cm to 30 cm on walking paths in between the beds, incorporation of organic manure or compost should be done at this stage. holes or transplants are prepared at interval and addition of fertilizer is done per hole.

Soil sterilization and potting


When the soil test has been done and found to be containing the tomato wilt pathogen, then soil treatment is essential. Treatment is done by mixing the soil with the manure and then sterilized through burning, fumigation, and steaming of the soil.

Transplanting


Transplanting of the vegetables like tomatoes always take place after 3 weeks from the nursery.
During transplanting, the nursery should be watered thoroughly to minimize plant root injury.
Transplanting of the tomato plants should be done at a spacing of inter-rows of 40 cm and into rows of 30-40 cm. Insecticide and fungicide should be applied to avoid loss of the seedlings. Watering to be done the first three weeks 3 times. 1/2 a liter per plant then twice later for 1/4 liter per plant twice a day. Transplanting results are great when done in the evening.

Top dressing


Top dressing is the adding of slow release fertilizer in small quantities at intervals to supplement the plant food. this is done 15 cm away from the plant 2 weeks after transplanting, repeating 2 weeks later, then once per month until harvesting where the rate might increase depending on the variety. After topdressing applies a good amount of water, to help the fertilizer dissolve in the soil.

DE-suckering



Suckering is the removal of suckers from the tomato plant.  sucker are growth found between plant main stem and the leaves. the removal is important to maintain one stem that promotes ease of management. Suckers also use a lot of tomato food hence poor fruiting. proper del suckering promote healthy fruit sets and also aeration for the tomato plants.

Staking


stalking is the support of tomato plants so that they don't fall on the ground. In the greenhouse, this is done using manila twines which limit fungal infection and are tied to the support system within the greenhouse. The twines are rolled on the tomato stem. this promotes ease in defoliation, de-suckering, and spraying.

Pruning


Pruning/defoliation is the removal of extra leaves from the plant, this is done from the bottom of the plant to the top during different stages of growth. a determining factor in defoliation is the fruit set/ trusses.

Spraying


Spraying should be done as soon have there is a disease break, or when scouting has been done and insects discovered, at greenhouse Kenya we give you a spray guide of the greenhouse and outdoor production


Harvesting



Harvesting of the tomatoes should be done twice a week in the greenhouse or once when the tomato has reached a breaker ten weeks from the transplanting day. The harvesting of greenhouse tomato is a continuous process that takes up to eight months of harvesting with proper management and good greenhouse variety selection.


At greenhouse Kenya, we show you practically through demonstration and training on how to manage your greenhouse farm like a professional.  Contact us today!

13 January, 2016

A guide to greenhouse site selection

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 Greenhouse site selection / pre-site survey


Greenhouse site selection is a very important step in greenhouse installation. This will determine your success and profitability in greenhouse farming business in Kenya. Below are factors to consider before installing your greenhouse.

Land


Having a good piece of land that can be turned into greenhouse farm, this land can be your garden, it can be leased, or you can buy a land with good soil. The land should have a good gradient/ slope for water to flow away, this will also help in keeping away fungal infection from the greenhouse plants. If the land is not well prepared we can advise our farmer on how to prepare the land for greenhouse installation.

Accessibility


The piece of land should be accessible to vehicles, and people. Accessibility will give the farmer easy time to collect his produce from the greenhouse, it will also give the greenhouse constructors / makers easy time to access the area during greenhouse installation. The farm should have good road network for a vehicle to go through.

Water


Greenhouse site should have a reliable supply of water throughout the production season. This sources can be rivers, borehole, water pans, dams, piped water from the municipality, underground rain tanks and water supply from lorries. the water should be clean not to block the drippers valves.


Sunlight and shade


Greenhouse production requires the sunlight of 4-5 hours to stimulate plant growths. The direction of morning sun is very important factor to consider hence farmers should try as much as possible to let the sunlight reach the greenhouse to give the plant an early start.
 When we have trees surrounding the greenhouse site the farmer needs to trim some branches to allow light to come in. planting leaf shading tree will also help to allow sunlight. This will also help in greenhouse orientation.

Soil and soil-borne pathogens



The soil is the greatest determinant in greenhouse production, through fertility and free from the pathogen.
soil should be aerated, have correct nutrient content for the crop to be produced, should be able to allow water to pass through.

Not all soils are infected however in tomato production soil should be taken to the laboratory and result in determined nutrient content and if it is infected then it will call for sterilization by burning, steaming, fumigation and potting to prevent infected soil from coming into contact with the sterilized soil.


Windbreakers

A good wind cover is good for the strength of your greenhouse and durability. high wind speed tends to weaken the strength of greenhouse structure.This windbreaker can be informed of a tree or buildings. A factor to consider in greenhouse orientation.

Security

The greenhouse site should be fenced from people and animal. This will prevent the theft of produce and also prevent the tearing of the greenhouse polyethylene by cows using their sharp horn. securing a greenhouse is important to avoid loss , you can build a farm house next to the greenhouse or build the greenhouse next to your house where you can monitor it or the farm hand.


In greenhouse Kenya (hortitechno produce and services) can give advice on your (particular site selection) location and we are more than happy to consult with you on any aspect of installing or maintaining your greenhouse through site survey, we take you through all this as a farmer so that we all can be successful in production. we do pre-site survey and soil testing at affordable rates.