We invested in our technology to ensure a quality production process and high-value yield of berries.
SubstrateWe choose cocopeat as a substrate for plant growth. It is a favorable environment for hydroponic cultivation of the selected crops. The physical properties of coconut fiber are specifically designed to promote water exchange and air permeability and minimize salt accumulation’s adverse effects.
The Principles of Planting
In Armenia, growing strawberries in hydroponic technology in flower pots (instead of polyethylene bags) was first used by Rock Berry. In this case, the coconut substrate, having a larger ventilation surface, creates more favorable environment for the development of plant roots.
Plant NutritionWe only use high-quality fertilizers with quality certification of origin in our gardens and greenhouses.
Plant fertilization is organized based on laboratory tests carried out abroad concerning irrigation and drainage water, taking into account the plant development period.
Rock Berry's greenhouses and intensive gardens are equipped with drip irrigation systems. The system manages water according to the weather conditions. Proper distribution of the droplets ensures the even quantity of water and dissolved salts in the substrate.
Pollination of flowers in the greenhouse is carried out by bumblebees. The latter are bred exclusively for pollination.
In the case of intensive gardens, the flowers of the crop are a source of nectar for the pollinating bees, which provide complete pollination of the flower, promoting the formation of evenly spaced fruits and making the Rockberry honey.
The ventilation of the greenhouse is carried out by the plants, double-glazed windows of the greenhouse roof, ventilators, and Carbon dioxide supply system. In addition to double-glazed windows, the required temperature and humidity in the greenhouse are provided by fogging and heating systems.
In greenhouses and intensive gardens, the rows of plants are covered with a polyethylene film, which protects the plants from direct sunlight and precipitation. And to prevent intense light, the roofs are painted with appropriate shades.
The inter-row spaces in the gardens are covered with lawn sowing to provide favorable moisture.
Integrated control of harmful organisms is carried out through the use of macro-microorganisms, which kill pests.
As a result of summarizing and digitizing data, a scale of organisms' relationships is constructed. Based on the results of the latter, a further strategy of biological control is being developed.
Berries are harvested directly in boxes in which 1 mm thick porous pads are placed. The latter prevents the formation of excess moisture around the fruit. The berries are put in boxes, sorted by color and size. These boxes are then stacked in containers, which are immediately transported into the refrigerator.
One of the prerequisites for the organization of production is the provision of sanitary norms in the production area, especially in matters directly related to berries and the process of disinfection of trucks. This allows providing the consumer with a safer product.
During the post-harvest period, the berries undergo a freezing phase, when the temperature of the fruit is sharply reduced, which contributes to the long-term preservation of the product’s appearance. Then, the berries are weighed, sorted, packed, and transported to refrigerator storage in the packing room in the packing room.
Our berries are distributed in Armenia, EEU countries and arabic countries of Persian Gulf. The export is carried out both by land (by trucks) and by air, and in order to maintain the productive appearance of the berries, the cargo is carried out in the necessary thermal regime.