SB Talee from Colombia SA was founded in 1988, as a company dedicated to the propagation and sale of cuttings and mother plants of standard and miniature carnation varieties for flower growers in Colombia. The company initially focused on the promotion and sale of the varieties developed by its parent company SB TALEE, founded in Tuscany, Italy in 1962. In the late 1990s, the operation was completely transferred to Colombia (South America), where it continued to develop its breeding and selection program for new standard and miniature carnation varieties, as well as the propagation and marketing of cuttings and mother plants. In 2009 its carnation breeding program merged with that of one of the world leaders in ornamental breeding, Dr. Flavio Sapia of Hybrida SRL, creating the company Natura Breeders SA, of which SB Talee de Colombia SA is now the exclusive agent for Latin America.
Keeping a close relationship with its sister companies SB TALEE and NATURA BREEDERS, GEOFLORA ensures the permanent introduction of new varieties, thus being always at the forefront of the most innovative products appreciated by cut flower markets and consumers in the world.
The implementation of the carnation plant propagation scheme with the strictest quality and professionalism controls is another central aspect of SB TALEE’s activity; this process consists of three generations:
corresponds to mother plants. Each year SB TALEE plants 1.2 million mother plants to produce more than 52 million cuttings, which it markets to growers in Colombia and its allies abroad: Brazil, China, Ecuador, Korea, Spain, Ethiopia, Holland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. The company also markets more than one million mother plants, as some growers prefer to purchase them to produce their own cuttings directly in their own facilities.
We reduce water consumption by collecting, storing and redirecting rainwater through a system directly to a reservoir. We have a water well that provides clean water and a lagoon to save water for further needs. We have a drip irrigation system to optimize the use of water.
Recycling and waste management
We have a WMP ( Waste Management Plan) to minimize waste and to encourage reuse and recycling, generating the least possible impact on human health and the environment. We constantly train our employees in proper recycling practices.
We offer our workers safe working conditions, competitive salaries, medical care, extra bonuses, as well as transportation, food and education allowances.
We avoid using category 1 chemical products and pesticides which may damage endangered species and pollinators. We designed a program to plant trees around the greenhouses to prevent the spread of chemicals used (cat 2,3,4).
Social and environmental responsibility