Thursday, March 13, 2014

From KB Farm to Your Table Series

Blog # 1 - Money Tree

The only free things that I can think of: the air we breathe and the sky we live under. And I’m sure, some would argue, even that aren’t free!

This is the first of a series of blogs that I hope everyone will find something interesting as it relates to you, or at the very least, sparks your curiosity to know more about Kitayama Brothers. 

Let’s take a journey into the beautiful and wonderful world of flowers: beginning to finish.

 As you will see, the beginning isn’t all that beautiful or glamorous. 

And as a California grower since
Kitayama Brothers knows that beauty demands... 



a lot of hard work.


Our tradition is growing, and whether it’s a display, designing, or dining table…
our flowers will be right at home in your hands.

Please comment, like, share and return for Blog # 2 – In Living Colors

~ Linda Nguyen

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gerberas Season

Every year in March and April is the Gerbera flush, but it always seems to catch us by surprise, “Where did all the gerbs come from!?”  

Here is a little video from Jimmy Zheng the head grower, and Artemio Garcia, his gerbera foreman to let you know we got them: so go ahead and buy them at Kitayama Brothers.


Last Thursday I attended two events, the first was a visit with my brother Stuart to Floracultura.  Floricultura is a Dutch company with an amazing orchid plant facility in Salinas, CA.  This facility is fascinating to visit and completely automated  and mechanized.  

The President, Kees Schoone said they must make back their investment in 15 years, so they can rebuild it again.  None of our greenhouses are less than 25 years old.  The difference between them and us: they are factories under glass, and we are farms under glass.


After visiting Floricultura, I attended a happy hour at Jaliscos in Watsonville sponsored by Calflowers (formerly NORCAL).  I hope it is a new tradition that is modeled after an old tradition. The old tradition was flowers growers in the Watsonville area would get together after the holidays to share a drink and compare notes about the holiday.  

There were about 32 in attendance and it was nice to see some of the faces from years past and present.  Thank you Calflowers and let's do it again!