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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lily grower René Kuiper, Expoflora:

'Costa Rican Mother's Day elevates sales in low-season'

Mother's Day is one of the most important holidays in Costa Rica and is celebrated with lots of flowers on August 15. Even Costa Rican flower farms that are specialized in exporting their products take this opportunity to elevate their sales in a period that is known as low-season. Lily grower René Kuiper.....

Wesley Akkermans, Syngenta Crop Protection:

NL: Powdery mildew fought with Solvit

Powdery mildew is often seen in the summer. In contrast to other fungi, powdery mildew also likes warmth and drought. Their spores can also germinate at low relative humidity because they already contain a lot of water. In many other fungi this is often not the case. Powdery mildew thrives best at.....

Germany: GlobalGAP certificate for Selecta One production site

Selecta One production site Klemm + Sohn in Stuttgart, Germany received the GlobalGAP certificate for the production of rooted young plants.After already being certified by MPS ABC since 2014 Klemm + Sohn now received the certification by the worldwide certification system for agricultural products.....

Ecuador: Flower exports fall to worst level in 4 years

In 2016, Ecuador’s income from flower exports reached $ 802 million, the lowest amount the sector has reported in the last 4 years. In 2013, the turnover amounted to $ 830 million; in 2014, to $ 918 million and in 2015 to $ 820 million.The reality of the sector was outlined by the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Colombian flower exports up 8% in first semester

The Colombian Association of Flower Exporters (Asocolflores) announced that exports of this Colombian product grew by 8% in value and 3.5% in volume during the first half of the year.Of the 90 countries to which Colombia exports flowers, the country’s commercial activities improved the most in the United.....
Biorational crop protection under spotlight at Four Oaks

UK: Ornamental growers under pressure to implement sustainable practices

With ornamental growers being under increasing industry and consumer pressure to implement more sustainable practices, biorational crop protection is under the spotlight at Four Oaks this year. In the context of recent product regulatory changes and the growing issue of resistance to conventional chemistry,.....

UK: Bridge Farm expands after private equity buyout

NorthEdge Capital has invested in Bridge Farm Nurseries (Bridge Farm), a producer of ornamental plants, flowers and herbs in the UK, backing a management buyout from its family shareholders. It is the first deal for the firm’s recently opened Midlands office.Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Spalding in.....

Taiwan: Orchid farmer allegedly flees to the US over debts

The owner of an orchid plantation in Chiayi County surnamed Chang (張) in June allegedly fled to the US after racking up NT$700 million (US$23.1 million) in debt, leaving debt collectors calling for his return.Chang ran the successful plantation and is well-known in the international orchid cultivation.....

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Which horticultural plastics can be recycled and where?

By now, greenhouse operations have gleaned the production areas of spring and early summer plant material. W. Garrett Owen of MSU writes: "I have come across some operations that have deposited used and even un-used containers, flats or carrier trays in large dumpsters for recycling (Photo 1). At each.....

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Ellepot introduces paper for organic plant propagation

True organic, high-yield cultivation is now a reality, thanks to a new all-natural paper for young plant propagation from Ellepot A/S. Ellepot Organic is the world’s first certified, sustainably harvested and 100% bio-degradable product.Natural and certifiedEllepot Organic is the first input material to be.....

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US (AK): Meet Michelle LaFriniere of Chilly Root Peonies in Homer

There are hundreds of small farms growing hundreds of thousands of stems of beautiful, romantic peonies across the state of Alaska and I suspect that each farmer is as unique and passionate as the next. As you may remember from last week’s episode featuring Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore, I spent last.....

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December 5-8, Victoria

Australia: Novelties on show during Victorian Trials Week

Australian plant breeders, growers and innovators, and the Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria ask plant lovers around the world to mark the 5th to the 8th December 2017 as the time to visit Victoria for the Victorian Horticultural Trials 2017.The 2017 Victorian Horticultural Trials comprises multiple.....

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October 11

US: Florists in 31 states commit to Petal It Forward

Florists across the country and Canada are getting ready to show their communities how good it feels to give and receive flowers. In early August, florists in 31 states and 57 cities had committed to holding local Petal It Forward events on Oct. 11."If you plan to Petal It Forward on Oct. 11, please fill out.....

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research by Wageningen UR

NL: Mobile purification mostly interesting for small grower

Mobile purification is one of the four options to meet the purification demand as of 1-1-2018. Depending on the amount of discharge water, future strategy and investment space, mobile purification could be an interesting option. The amount of discharge water varies depending on the cultivation, water.....

Market informationmore »

Understanding the market through better insights

For demand for green life products and services to grow, it is imperative that nurseries have a strong understanding of what customer want.But how can we gain those important consumer and market insights in order to actively drive sales volumes?This is the key question being addressed in outcome two of the.....

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Italian grower retrofits structure with tailor-made solution

While still challenged by the aftermath of the financial crisis, some entrepreneurs in the Southern European horticulture industry again see their business flourish after quite a few challenging years. For Italian garden center Irisgard reason to retrofit their operations with a new state of the art sales.....

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Royal FloraHolland: Final day Florists Clock Naaldwijk

The seats were quite empty at Royal FloraHolland's Florists Clock Naaldwijk, this morning, as we read on Twitter. Today, the clock in Naaldwijk ran for the last time.Picture: Twitter @Sanders_PaulRoyal FloraHolland is noticing that the buyers from the Florists Clock Naaldwijk are purchasing almost entirely.....

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January 26 - 29, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main:

Germany: Floradecora 2018 ready for second edition

Floradecora has been a natural extension of Christmasworld since 2017, offering a new marketplace for immediately available fresh flowers and decorative plants. It is now to be held for the second time, from 26 to 29 January 2018, in Hall 11.1. 2018 will also see the introduction of the new product group.....

US: AmericanHort Impact event sells out

The AmericanHort Impact Washington event has sold out as of August 14, 2017. This two-day leadership summit in September is an important opportunity for member businesses to get valuable face-time with legislators, their staff, and key decision-makers. To learn more about the event, click here.

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UK: Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board.With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a.....

ICL welcomes new UK growing media technical manager

On the retirement of Dr Jim Smith, ICL’s long standing UK technical manager for growing media, Dr Eleni Siasou has been appointed to take over the role.With a PhD in block propagation of lettuce, Dr Smith set out on a technical career in horticulture that saw him manage ADAS experimental glasshouses at.....

Bakir Lashkari, Vluchteling & Carrière:

NL: "You just have to start at the bottom"

A refugee isn't pathetic. If you can run, you can take care of yourself. Status holders that can work, just need a bit of a helping hand. This is the opinion of Bakir Lashkari of Vluchteling & Carrière (Refugee & Professional). In March he started a pilot enterprise to place status holders with agri.....

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US: Off-shore grown cutting certification pilot launches in October

AmericanHort and the Society of American Florists are collaborating with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to initiate an offshore certification program for unrooted plant cuttings. A six-month pilot program is expected to be launched on October 1, and will.....

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Lufthansa offers sun protection for refrigerated freight

Now that the expansion of the Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center in Frankfurt has begun and the Road Feeder Service Cool has been introduced, the cargo airline is pushing forward with its offensive in the refrigerated freight sector. Every customer’s cargo in the passive refrigeration sector worldwide will now be.....


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