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US: More than $36,000 awarded in 2017 AFE scholarships

Twenty students have been awarded AFE scholarships this year totaling $36,500. Sixty applications were received for this 2017 scholarship cycle.“We had many outstanding students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to two recipients,” said Dwight Larimer, AFE Chairman.....

Meras and Houweling's settle in $12.5 million patent infringement with CH2O

US: Parties bury hatchet in chlorine dioxide patent lawsuit

Meras and Houweling's Tomatoes have buried the hatchet in the longstanding water treatment solution lawsuit with CH20. Meras has settled with CH20, the developer of a patented chlorine dioxide water treatment system.On September 6, 2016, a federal jury awarded CH2O $12.5 million in damages, finding that.....

Vicini specializes in 1.5 meter hydrangeas

Cut hydrangeas come in many different shapes and colours. However, 5 feet tall – and sturdy – is something you don’t see every day! At Vicini, the flexible Mariama proudly towers above everyone. Jack Zwinkels: “It’s quite a challenge to process these properly, I have to admit, but we’re getting the hang of.....

Australia: Building industry couple make horticulture career switch

A Sunshine Coast family has made a daring tree change, leaving the building industry to grow chemical free microgreens, sprouts and edible flowers for restaurants, pubs and cafes.Sharon Koski had no experience, just a love of gardening and a willingness to learn, backed by a family who shares her work ethic......

Annemieke de Haan, organic summer flower grower:

NL: "For trade and florist, it does not have to be uniform at all"

Annemieke de Haan (47) is an organic summer flowers grower in Hillegom, The Netherlands. She has a pick-your-own garden covering 3.000 m2 that shares personnel and mechanisation with the summer flowers nursery of her husband, Pieter Damen (51). They cultivate an extensive assortment, from dahlia to.....

US (VA): Young farmer finds success in sunflowers

On his Meadowview farm, Will Copenhaver raises hay and cattle.And, sunflowers?The young farmer set aside a half-acre of land this spring to raise the flowers with the sun-like appearance, and although the crop is nearly gone for this season, Copenhaver is excited he’s found an alternative crop for his.....

US: Applications for paid floriculture internships due October 1

Applications are now being accepted for the Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program and Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program.AFE administers paid internship programs for floriculture and environmental horticulture students each year, and the next application deadline is October 1.Students selected.....

US (OH): Business is blooming at local flower farms

You can find them heaped on caskets, clutched in the hands of wedding attendants and clustered in room-brightening bunches in tabletop vases. But where do those brightly colored bouquets come from?It’s a question that more and more customers at Swesey Florist are asking, according to Lin Geiman, who manages.....

LEDs and multilayer cultivation optimise Queen’s production

In recent years, Queen invested in new technologies to further their ambition of a climate- and environment-friendly production. This has resulted in a new propagation area with 100% climate controlled growth conditions, where multilayer cultivation, high humidity, heat recovery and LED lighting constitute.....

US (CA): Investing in ‘little things’ adds up to big productivity boosts

There are a handful of conditions that flowers need to grow well. Sun. Water. The proper temperature. Humidity. And carbon dioxide.Get these things right and flower productivity really takes off.Flower farmer Bob Echter of Dramm & Echter is investing in ensuring flower-growing conditions are just right.....

US (CA): Behind the scenes at Sun Valley's hydrangea fields

In the video below, Lane of Sun Valley gives a behind the scenes view of their hydrangea fields in Arcata, California. Sun Valley Floral Farms is one of the biggest growers of fresh cut hydrangeas in the USA. Enjoy these images highlighting the blues, purples and pinks that are being harvested right now.For.....

US: Four Star publishes 2018 catalog

Four Star Greenhouse has released its new 2018 Plants & ProgramsCatalog, available in both digital and printed form. This 216-page growers’ guide details all the available Proven Winners and Proven Selections annuals, perennials and shrubs, along with new genera and varieties such as Supertunia Lovie.....

Kenya: 198 kWp of solar electricity for Penta Flowers

The two solar systems that will supply Kenyan flower farm Penta Flowers with 198 kWp are being installed at the moment. The project costs 260,000 euro and in April 2017 this sum of money was raised, within just 6 days, through ecoligo's crowdinvesting platform.Pictures from the 132 kWp rooftop systemA 132.....

Farmer Tyler is the Rocky Balboa of horticulture:

Why pursuing a career in horticulture can be a fun one

Every year, the speaker program at Cultivate is loaded with interesting presentations, short courses, success stories and other inspiring topics that help you grow your career and business. Despite the fact that the information shared in these presentations is of high value to many of us, for some of the.....

AIPH IGOTY awards 2018

Calling growers of finished plants and trees

Finished plant and tree growers from all over the world are invited to compete for Gold in the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2018.“This past year we got amazing coverage, literally all over the world. The owners and workers were.....

UK: Walberton & Binsted Nurseries host Polish Nursery Association

On 14th June, Walberton and Binsted Nurseries hosted a 30-strong group of visitors from the Polish Nursery Association.Polish visitors given a tour of Walberton’s new glasshouseThe group were on a study tour to the South of England and were recommended a visit to members of the Farplants Group by Neville.....

Reaching US wholesalers through Komet Sales

Ecuador: Florecal enters the world of e-commerce

Offering fresh flowers, a broad assortment and increasing the customer base in the United States. For Ecuadorian rose grower Florecal, these were the main reasons for deciding to start managing online inventory for e-commerce sales through Komet Sales. This 48 ha farm has been selling its products through this.....

Video: Special Union Jack delphinium flag planted in Worcestershire

The story of The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company began on a late spring afternoon many years ago… Charles Hudson paused outside the village churchyard on his way home, and strewn around the lych-gate were tiny wet pieces of coloured paper, debris from an earlier wedding, that had turned the church.....

Aleksandar International:

Serbian grower expands garden rose acreage to 30ha

Starting with producing rose seedlings for the domestic market only, Serbian ornamental and fruit plant grower Aleksandar International today is exporting over 70 percent of its products. Over the last 20 years, they have grown in size, knowledge and use of automation and are still expanding their production.....

Andre Westerdrop

NL: Low prices cut flowers? Not for delphinium!

Prices for cut flowers in The Netherlands have been under pressure in recent weeks, but not for delphiniums. Andre Westendorp, who grows the stems in the open air on a modest acreage near Emmen, The Netherlands, is content: "We are very pleased. There are many orders and if there are many orders, that means.....

Kenya: Oserian aims to become carbon neutral

Becoming a carbon neutral farm is the goal of one of Kenya's largest flower farms; Oserian. For several years now, this 200 ha farm has been reducing its carbon footprint and is now home to a 50ha geothermal heating project, installed their own 3.8 megawatt power generator and are cultivating about 80.....

US: New Hampshire growers host open house

Pleasant View Gardens and D.S. Cole Growers announce their 21st annual Open House event on Thursday, August 3rd, opening up their greenhouses and gardens for the day.“We’re thrilled to host industry professionals again this year for a fun, information-packed day in Loudon. They’ll be among the first in the.....

American Flowers Week gets underway

For its third consecutive year, American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) is taking off once again. This celebration of US-grown flowers was created by Slowflowers.com's Debra Prinzing. As she says, "American-grown flowers are worth celebrating, so I figured they needed their own holiday... And what better time.....

US (CA): Monterey County helps former flower growers switch to marijuana

Former flower growers in California have been devastated by cheap imported flowers from South America, so local officials in Monterey County passed an ordinance to help them grow marijuana instead.The U.S. government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars subsidizing the flower industry in Colombia. It's.....

Japanese garden type roses:

Wabara expands into new markets with exclusive partnerships

"Wabara will become a global brand". These are the ambitious words of Japanese grower and breeder Ken Kunieda of Rose Farm Keiji. The brand consists of Japanese garden type roses with unusual shapes and scents. Currently, five selected farms, including Rose Farm Keiji are cultivating and selling the brand......

Ecuador: A tour of the world's biggest calla grower

Sande Flowers is a Dutch flower farm based in Guayllabamba, Ecuador which is located 30 minutes outside of the Capital city of Quito.Sande Flowers is the world's biggest calla grower with over 20 years of experience in Ecuador. The 450+ employee company doesn’t only grow callas but beautiful lilies as well......

Wildfire transitions to full hydroponic rose cultivation

Kenyan rose and hypericum farm Wildfire Flowers is planning to grow all their roses on hydroponic systems in three years. Currently, 6 ha of roses are being cultivated hydroponically and they will gradually equip their entire 15 ha rose greenhouse with these systems. "When a crop needs to be replaced, we.....

Father and sons team harvests sunflowers for British Flowers Week

Ahead of British Flowers Week, early sunflowers were harvested for Waitrose, by a father and sons team in the Lincolnshire Fens, near Spalding. Henry and Charles Robinson are the sixth generation of flower growers, working on their 147 year old family farm, with their father Richard. The Robinson's farm has.....

Not an autumn bloomer, but a spring one!

Dutch grower Kwekerij Zijdezicht was founded in 2002 through a collaboration between Ron van Oosten and John Krijger. Both had been involved in growing asters and chrysanthemums for more than ten years at that time. One of their major buyers, FleuraMetz, paid them a visit.At one of the three sites we find.....

Gypsophila, sunflower and rosemary are being trialed

Kenya: Aquila expanding with open field flowers

Kenyan rose farm Aquila Flowers is planning to expand its assortment with open field flowers and is planning to put them on the market in larger numbers by next year. Currently, gypsophila, sunflower and rosemary are being trialled on 0.5 ha each. "We will test the cultivation and the demand of each variety.....

The Flower Cure at the International Floriculture Expo:

US: "It’s time to innovate and take our industry to the next level"

VIDEO "It’s time to innovate and take our industry to the next level", concludes Bart David of The Flower Cure after visiting the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) in Chicago (IL), USA that was held last week. From June 14-15, the IFE was held at the McCormick Place, where around 200 companies presented their.....