- General Manager/Sales Manager - Mannum, South Australia
- Produce sales professionals
- Salesman - Vojvodina, North Serbia
- Internationaal Verkoper / Trader AGF - Barendrecht
- Production lab manager - Oregon, USA
- Verkoper Groothandelsmarkten - Rotterdam
- Procurement Executive - Middle East
- Experienced export manager looking for new opportunities
- Sales Executive Fruit & Exotics - Rotterdam
- Product Manager / Concept Manager - Verspakketten - Ridderkerk
- Australia: Opportunity to comment on national tree standard revision (1)
- Schroll is developing the hydrangea production in Portugal (3)
- US: AFE educational grant applications due June 1 (2)
- "Plenty of opportunities to expand markets outside Russia's major cities" (1)
- Coloured by Gerbera presents new assortment (1)
- "Customers are looking for different shades of red roses" (1)
- US: Is the era of thermal transfer printers over? (2)
- India: Government gives 50% subsidy on a poly house (46)
- Southern hemisphere's largest solar water heating facility at LVG Plants (1)
- Photoreport: Horticontact (1)
Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last month
Top 5 -last week
Manfred Robert, Liriope Factory:
"20 percent year on year growth for liriope"
Manfred Robert at the IPM Essen.
The liriope used to be a plant that could be used indoors only, explains Robert. Over the years, new and improved varieties entered the market that can be used outdoors too. "Now, the liriope is a cold hardy, drought-tolerant plant that produces flowers and is a good weed control." And this resulted in an increase in demand, particularly in Europe.
According to Robert, US demand was quite low during the time of the financial crisis, but started to increase afterwards. "About six years ago, when the USA was climbing out of the crisis, we saw our sales increase too." In Europe, however, the demand started to increase more recently; about three years ago. According to Robert, this has more to do with the fact that people are getting familiar with the versatile use of the plant. "The plant can be used in a different way; it isn't an indoor plant only anymore. Currently, it is a popular landscaping plant and often used in vertical walls." In both continents, Robert still sees an annual increase of 20 percent and he expects it to increase at this pace in the coming years.
According to Robert, the fact that the liriope is a low-maintenance plant makes it a popular plant. And not only among end users, but among growers too. "It is quite an economical plant as it doesn't need special soil, pruning or other requirements. After receiving the cuttings, the grower needs to plant them in small pots, which enables them to develop their roots and foliage. Afterwards, they need to be transplanted to larger pots and it will take about 10 months to finish them."
The main markets for Liriope Factory are the USA and Europe. In the USA, where they sell the cuttings year-round, the best selling variety is the Variegated. "It is a more cold-tolerant variety and has nice flowers and foliage." In Europe, where they sell the bare-rooted cuttings in April, May and June, the Monroe White is the most popular variety. "This variety has green and white flowers."
Litriope Factory produces its cuttings in Central Louisiana USA on 125 acres open field. On this area they have about two million mother plants and a total production of 50 million cuttings a year. The demand is increasing, but they are not planning to increase the production area soon. "At the moment we are still ok in size", concludes Robert.
For more information
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2018-09-14 Video: interview with Peter Benders, Xclusive director
- 2018-09-05 Germany: Kientzler shows off new autumn assortment at open house
- 2018-08-10 Artistic video features cutting production Floritec Uganda
- 2018-08-06 New method to speed up propagation of tulip bulbs
- 2018-07-17 US (FL): Emerald Coast Growers releases 2018-19 Resource Guide
- 2018-07-13 "Universal paper provides fragile roots excellent protection"
- 2018-07-02 British Agapanthus spreading roots in Europe
- 2018-06-27 No more liner production thanks to rooted strip
- 2018-06-11 Selecta One expands Dahlia assortment by complete Dalina series
- 2018-06-07 Ellepot partners with Pindstrup in Russia
- 2018-05-28 US: Fall mum propagation reminders
- 2018-04-23 Ecuador: Commercial and future rose varieties on display at Plantec
- 2018-03-26 Puerto Rico: Vista Farms comes back strong after devastating hurricane
- 2018-03-23 Gediflora installs mist system
- 2018-03-21 UK: Extend the summer with Early Ornamentals' Super Bloomers
- 2018-03-05 Dalina divests osteospermum and dahlia business to Pan American Seed
- 2018-02-21 NL: Van Egmond Lisianthus expands growing facilities
- 2018-02-01 "When Dutch cutting production is at its weakest, we are at our strongest"
- 2018-01-31 Klasmann-Deilmann takes over international distribution of Growcoon
- 2018-01-17 Dutch growers visit Uganda with Floritec