Drying flowers above 2000 ft altitude
"The purpose of the project is to establish means and methods for a low cost drying process of cut
flowers employable at-site of small scale floral farms in Puerto Rico.
The flowering plant growers of Puerto Rico have become a robust industry located along the
central ridge of mountains extending the entire length of the island. Flower commercialization is
practiced within the range of 2000 ft altitude range and up. Cooler temperatures and a higher
relative humidity create an ideal setting for the flower industry.
Many flowering plants are seasonal in nature. Production surplus during peak season is typically
lost. Salable production can be further reduced by not finding a market for healthy but visually
defective flowers (rejects). A low cost value-added alternative is desired to process such surplus
and make it available to consumers or wholesalers. Development of such a method can extend
the crop-based income of floral farmers to beyond the off-season. By drying the otherwise nonsalable
produce the farmer can expect to convert them into a product with an extended shelf life
of 6 months to a year.
The project seeks to prove that our system of successfully drying cultivated fruits at sea level
conditions can be adapted and/or manipulated to perform in the higher altitudes containing
thinner air and denser moisture levels. Tropical fruits normally propagate and prosper at a
commercial level below 2000 ft. altitude."
Small Business Information at Submission:
James L. Ruhlman
Post Office Box 2224 Guayama, PR 00785
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