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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Godino Mwasaru, Waridi creations:

Kenya: "Adding value by preservation"

Adding value to a flower. It can be done in several ways and this Kenyan company decided to add value by preserving them. "The shelf life of a rose or any other type of flower always remains an issue, so we decided to start preserving the flowers", says Godino Mwasaru of Waridi Creations. The team of Waridi.....

Choosing the right light for healthy plug plants

End consumers of plug plants [myself included] love the ease with which they can be planted directly outdoors, minimizing time to maturity and maximizing gardening success. What many do not know is that the shape, robustness, and future health of plant plugs can be controlled by the light spectrum under.....

Supercharging the future of Australian horticulture

As part of its biggest industry leadership campaign in history, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) announced two more initiatives to help future-ready the vegetable, fruit, nut, turf, nursery and cut-flower sectors.The initiatives – which include a Master Class in Global.....

US (IL): Florence considers bringing in mega greenhouse

The City of Florence is considering bringing in a massive 1.6 million square foot greenhouse, but some residents are concerned about the greenhouse's effects on local water supply.A Chicago-based company wants to grow a little bit of everything inside the mega greenhouse, from flowers and vegetables to.....

CA (AB): Growers donate plants to wildfire victims

About a month ago, over 1000 planters and hanging baskets arrived in Fort McMurray. These plants were donated by greenhouses across Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. An initiative of the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association, the gift to residents and businesses inspired tears of appreciation.“It was beautiful.....

Do you have an employee handbook for your greenhouse?

Employee handbooks are not just for large greenhouses or nurseries that employ large numbers of workers. They are an important human resources management tool that all farms should have. They will help you avoid conflicts and potential lawsuits that result from poor communication, as well as help remember.....

The fully automated orchard

Farmbot does the orchard

The American Farmbot Genesis developed a plant robot able to do virtually all the kinds of garden works such as sowing, watering and weeding. It does everything and can be monitored from behind a computer. Only the harvesting needs to be done manually.For the professional growers, most likely it is still a.....

October 12-13, Saint-Pol-de-Léon

France: Irrigation and fertigation management event

Organised by Cate, Fertinnowa members and Vegepolys, in collaboration with Bretagne Développement Innovation, this event aims to gather together the main players and stakeholders of the horticultural production sector (ornamental horticulture, fruit & vegetable growing) to focus on the practical.....


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First contract for European ‘Malus Royal Raindrops’ signed

The American breeder of the new ‘Malus Royal Raindrops’ (‘JFSKW5’), J.F. Schmidt, recently signed the first European contract with Plantipp B.V. and Baumschule Ley in Germany.Art Anderson of J.F. Schmidt and Christoph Dirksen of Baumschule Ley signed the contract (photo: Peter van Rijssen).The ‘Malus Royal.....


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Pöppelmann MDF coverpots

Judging a pot by its cover

Don't judge a book by its cover. That's generally sound advice, but when it comes to plants, consumers tend to think a little differently. The TEKU Effect study, which was commissioned recently by Pöppelmann, showed that garden center customers pay more attention to printed cover pots, and are willing to pay.....


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Fluwel research

What is the environmental impact of the Dutch flowerbulb sector?

For the past few years, customers have been asking a question that is not only important to them, but also to exporters and producers, and that is: what is the environmental impact of the flowerbulb sector? Are the flowerbulbs I am buying in a web shop ‘organic’? Are flowerbulb companies damaging our.....


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New study shows smell of lavender could enhance memory

Most of us think that taking in a nice aroma is simply a pleasant experience. Medical research, however, is demonstrating that some fragrances can have a profound impact on our memory and cognition. In a recent medical study, the fragrance of lavender enhanced memory after a stressful, standardized test.


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Deliflor introduces PIP Salmon chrysanthemum

On August 22nd, R&A van der Voort starts with the supply of disbudded chrysanthemum PIP Salmon. This is a variation of PIP, which has been on the market since 2013.PIP Salmon is also provided with the characteristic striped petals. The salmon-pink colour of PIP Salmon is an addition to the existing.....


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Dogs and flowers don't mix... or do they?

Mayesh are currently running a contest on Instagram. They had a look at this week's submissions posted on the photo site using the #MayeshPets hashtag. "It's so difficult to choose our favorites because every animal is just too darn cute, but we had to pick a few of our faves."Dogs with flowers... cute or.....


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The fully automated orchard

Farmbot does the orchard

The American Farmbot Genesis developed a plant robot able to do virtually all the kinds of garden works such as sowing, watering and weeding. It does everything and can be monitored from behind a computer. Only the harvesting needs to be done manually.For the professional growers, most likely it is still a.....


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India: Flower growers concerned about situation in Jammu province

Flower growers of Jammu province met under the leadership of Tajinder Singh, president of the Flower Growers Association, and expressed concern over the grim scenario of commercial floriculture in Jammu province.Tajinder Singh said that two working seasons have come to and end but the ground activities are.....


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US (WA): Overnight greenhouse fire damages Seattle's Swansons Nursery

Last night's fire at Swansons Nursery in Seattle was extinguished after about 15 minutes, Q13 FOX News reports, citing sources at the Seattle Fire Department.The fire, which is believed to have been caused by an electrical issue, did manage to break some windows in the garden center's glasshouse, but.....


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American Academy of Floriculture to induct five honorees

The Society of American Florists will honor five professionals with induction into the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) during the Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner on Sept. 24 at SAF Maui 2016, the association’s 132nd Annual Convention at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.The 2016 AAF inductees are:Susan.....


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October 12-13, Saint-Pol-de-Léon

France: Irrigation and fertigation management event

Organised by Cate, Fertinnowa members and Vegepolys, in collaboration with Bretagne Développement Innovation, this event aims to gather together the main players and stakeholders of the horticultural production sector (ornamental horticulture, fruit & vegetable growing) to focus on the practical.....


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Supercharging the future of Australian horticulture

As part of its biggest industry leadership campaign in history, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) announced two more initiatives to help future-ready the vegetable, fruit, nut, turf, nursery and cut-flower sectors.The initiatives – which include a Master Class in Global.....


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"Uganda should revive the national carrier"

An opinion piece on travel industry website eTurboNews discusses the proposed revival of Uganda Airlines. The author cites the employment provided by the flower export industry as one of the reasons to reinstate a national carrier."Those against revival argue that airlines are not profit-making entities, the.....


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