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NL: Grower Dirk-Jan Oudijk gets a warning for Botrytis

This year the number of growers that use email notifications by LetsGrow.com has grown rapidly. With an email notification, the grower can be warned for unwanted changes in the greenhouse climate. The notifications can also be used as a daily/weekly update with only the information the grower is interested.....

Orchid farmer aims to put focus on Taiwan at expo

Flower farmer Lin Chiang-kai (林將凱), the owner of a major moth orchid greenhouse, said he aspires to raise the international profile of Taiwanese floriculture at next year’s Taichung World Flora Exposition.Although he had no formal agricultural training, Lin said his orchid-growing hobby.....

US: Deadline is February 1st for AFE Scholarship applications

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is accepting applications for the Altman Family Scholarship and the Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship. Graduate students who have the skills and passion to become floricultural scientists and educators can receive up to $10,000.The Altman Family Scholarship was established by Ken.....

US: Poinsettia production at the University of Hawaii

The annual Poinsettia Sale is a long standing tradition, historically organized by the undergraduate Horticulture Society. In 2016, the TPSS Graduate Student Organization (GSO), in collaboration with the Hort Society, revived student growing of the poinsettias (instead of purchasing from local.....

US: HRI announces Bryan A. Champion Scholarship recipient

HRI has announced Nathan Nordstedt as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship.Bryan A. Champion, president of Herman Losely & Son, Inc. in Perry, Ohio, was a 5th generation nurseryman with a passion for the nursery and landscape industry. He sought to advance the industry.....

NL: Kapiteyn plans for Purple Pride acreage expansion

Purple Pride is a hyacinth variety that is suitable for both forcing as well as for dry sales, says Tim Kapiteyn from Breezand. The grower is cultivating 1 hectare of this variety, and thanks to the good growth properties - the variety would, among other things, have an excellent root formation and little.....

US (NJ): Celebrating Garden State poinsettias

Like roses for Valentine’s Day and the lily for Easter, the poinsettia has become symbolic of and forever tied to Christmas.As we celebrate National Poinsettia Day earlier this week, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Hionis Greenhouses in Hunterdon County last week to highlight.....

US: Busy times for Delaware's biggest poinsettia grower

Though there are plenty of places to buy wreathes and trees, which are often imported from elsewhere, southern Delaware has a unique situation regarding poinsettias.Sussex County is home to Jeff's Greenhouses, the largest poinsettia grower in the state.Owner Jeff Hastings said he and his crew have raised an.....

US (CA): Flower farms are open for business

While the wildfires in Southern California approached some of the nation’s largest flower farms and hampered the ability for some employees to work, the Golden State’s farms are open and operating.“We haven’t received any reports of production loss or farms lost due to the fires in Southern California,”.....

Chadwick & Son Orchids:

US (VA): A unique boarding program nurtures orchids back into bloom

Down Dorset Road in Powhatan County lies a piece of the jungle, or rather tens of thousands of pieces: Row after row of orchids fill 150,000 square feet of greenhouses at Chadwick & Son Orchids, part of a farm on 18 acres of sprawling wooded property. It is a massive reservoir that feeds into a small.....

"Working outdoors until the middle of December"

We visit De Hoef nursery at the peak of the season. The team is working at full speed to load all Ellwoodiis, Snowwhites and other types of Chamaecyparis into one truck after another. Real tough men, because you have to stand the cold to be able to do this work: until the middle of December the work is done.....

Denmark: Better schlumbergera season for Rosa Danica

"We are on schedule and our schlumbergeras will probably be sold out before Christmas", says Torben Ryg, Sales manager at Rosa Danica. Due to some changes in the production volumes of the 9 cm and 12 cm pot sizes this year's season is better than last year's for this Danish potted rose grower who supplies.....

Colombian Minister of Agriculture meets with nursery growers

In response to an invitation from the Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros, the new Minister of Agriculture of Colombia, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, along with Luis Humberto Martinez, the Director of the Colombian Phytosanitary Authority, ICA, toured the main production area of.....


Kenya: Molo River Roses expands with garden type roses

Garden type roses are highly popular. This combined with the aim of creating a broad and diverse assortment made Kenyan intermediate and spray rose grower Molo River Roses decide to start trialing the new garden type cut roses of the Rosa Loves Me series. They have chosen one variety to grow commercially on.....

US: Pleasant View Gardens adds Southern Territory Sales Manager

When it comes to high-performance in the horticultural industry, everyone knows the importance of a healthy and ever-expanding root system. The same thing goes for building a strong company, which is why Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) announces the addition of industry vet, Paul Hoffman, to its growing team as.....

Dutch Flower Awards for De Haas Calla’s, Oriental Growers, Nini Flowers

Marco van Zijverden, CEO of Dutch Flower Group (DFG), announced the winners of the 2017 Dutch Flower Awards at the DFG stand during the RFH Trade Fair. “Digitalisation” was the central theme of this year’s honours. Dutch Flower Awards 2017This is now the 16th time DFG has put its supply chain partners in the.....

Vice Chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference visits Anthura

On November 5, 2017, the Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the commercial counsellor of the embassy visited Anthura headquarters in the Netherlands.Mr Marco van Herk, commercial.....

Grower uses flowers as money, here's what happened

Lentil Purbrick started growing flowers simply because she wanted to do something that made people happy. Her partner Matt was already growing the vegetables, so she added flowers to their little farm.Since growing flowers was always an act of love, selling them—taking something so beautiful and putting a.....

US: AFE accepting applications for two MS/Ph.D. scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is accepting applications for the Altman Family Scholarship and the Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship. Their application deadlines are Feb. 1, 2018. These merit-based, prestigious scholarships are for graduate students who have the skills and passion to become leading.....

Aleia Roses wants to become leading Red Naomi producer

Aleia Roses only started a year ago, but clearly showed its ambition with a 14.3 hectare and $ 60 M investment in the North of Spain. The company aims to do things differently with regards to production, sales and marketing of Red Naomi!; Aleia Roses simply wants to become the leading producer of this.....

Florensis Kenya achieves 93% energy savings with LED lighting

Philips Lighting has helped Florensis Kenya, a supplier of bedding plants cuttings, realize energy savings of up to 93% in comparison to incandescent lamps. At the same time its second generation Philips Greenpower LED flowering lamps prevent the bedding plants from blooming too early, resulting in plants.....

Dümmen Orange and HAS University provide education program for growers

Dümmen Orange and HAS University of Applied Sciences (HAS Hogeschool) have developed and launched a program for the international farm specialists of Dümmen Orange. Goal of this program was to train both talents and production managers. All participants have passed their exam and received their.....

J. Berry Nursery hires supply chain manager, production resource planner

Scott Sterling and Jim Steger have joined the J. Berry Nursery team to provide a smooth door-­to-­door experience for nurseries, greenhouses, and brokers.Scott will focus on brand development and plant production partnerships, deepening relationships with current partners and creating opportunities with new.....

"Gradually Nepal is heading towards self-dependence in flower farming"

Gradually, Nepal is heading towards self-dependence in flower farming, although the supply is not yet meeting the market demand. According to Daya Kumar Duwa, president of Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) Pokhara, about 20 percent of flowers required in Kaski district for the Tihar festival is imported.....

US (VA): Holly tests her hope with Field To Vase Dinner

On Sunday October 8, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour stopped in Waterford, Virginia, where 122 people enjoyed a magical evening at Hope Flower Farm. Certified American Grown flower farmer and floral designer Holly Chapple and her husband, Evan, purchased the farm in 2015 to be a floral.....

NL: ins and outs of plant nursery Bosplant

Grower Bosplant is a collaboration of three business associates: Johan van Antwerpen, father Jan and son Jelle van den Bos. The nursery has this company since 2007. Bosplant grows eight plant varieties with a total cultivation area of about 40,000 square meters. The nursery is located in the center of the.....

American dream blooms at Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

VIDEO Growing up in Mexico, Ismael "Mel" Resendiz was the middle child among 13 working on the family farm. Today, he owns Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, which sells more than 200 varieties of flowers and foliage.Bringing his American dream to fruition wasn't easy, but it has been fulfilling for the passionate.....

NL: Tulips in autumn thanks to New Zealand spring

Preferred Supplier Laan Tulips grows tulip bulbs in chilly North Holland from both Dutch and New Zealand production. “Nowadays, we are able to safeguard the natural process. None of our tulip bulbs need to be frozen anymore yet we are still able to supply a stunning selection of tulips 9 months per.....

Australia: Flower grower donates land to charity

Horticulturist Susie Scott leads a team of 90 FareShare volunteers, who plant, tend and harvest vegetables on Les Baguley’s farm at Clayton South.Veteran flower grower Les donates 1.2 hectares of his land, as well as his labour, water and expertise to the food charity.Thanks to his help, FareShare grows.....

Netherlands: Porta Nova builds expansion at Waddinxveen location

Rose breeder Porta Nova will build an expansion right across the road from the Waddinxveen location at the Abraham Kroesweg. Over 8.5 hectares of greenhouse will be constructed within a couple months. The first signs are already there. Small wooden stakes have been put at every spot where later a wooden.....

US (FL): Nursery challenges MMJ license ‘preference’ for citrus industry

A Sarasota nursery has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of a new law that includes a preference for the citrus industry in the state’s awarding of potentially lucrative medical-marijuana licenses.The lawsuit, filed last week by TropiFlora, LLC, in Leon County circuit court, is.....

Better times ahead for Indian flower growers

It has been a challenging year for Indian rose growers. "The Political clash between Qatar and other Arab nations has affected the demand for flowers in the Gulf region and the heavy rain during July to September resulted in lower production which further declined sales during this period as compared to.....

CosMic Plants hosts second Petals and Plates event

On Saturday October the 28th CosMic Plants hosted a dinner for 100 guests in their greenhouse in Beamsville, Ontario. It was the second Petals and Plates event organized by Flowers Canada - Ontario for all 'flower loving general public'. They welcomed guests from places like Windsor, Sarnia, Toronto, Guelph.....

Richard Bonnet, New Fashion Flowers

Dutch greenhouse to double daffodil production in Thailand

Dutch daffodils in October? Yes, last week, the yellow version of this flower took center stage in Bangkok, Thailand. During the cremation ceremony of Thai king Bhumibol on October 26, 200,000 of these flowers were used, and the demand for next year is expected to skyrocket. "Next year we double the.....

US: AAS announces winners of “Foodscaping” landscape design challenge

This year All-America Selections challenged the AAS Display Gardens to create a design based on the theme “Foodscaping-Interspersing Edibles in the Ornamental Garden.”For this challenge, AAS provided the gardens with Winner seed from the last five years. They also had the option to incorporate any older AAS.....

UK: DCF invests £8,500 in students of horticulture

With this year’s scholarship season once again until 31 January 2018, HTA looks back at how The David Colegrave Foundation has already helped out horticulturists of the future.Last year lucky eight students that were looking for a career in Horticulture were selected to receive £8,500 worth of scholarships.....

US (MI): Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers celebrate 50 years

On Sept. 28, 2017, amid the early evening bustle of class-bound students, co-op members and invited guests made their way into the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Co-op.Sounds of laughter and cheerful.....

Uganda: Flower companies receive free zone licences

Uganda’s leading flower exporting companies, Rosebud Limited and Premier Roses, have been given Free Zone licenses by the Uganda Free Zones Authority.A Free Zone is a designated area in which companies are taxed either lightly or not at all, so as to encourage economic activity.The Free Zones law was set up.....

NL: Growers respond to All Saints' Day

Many growers are currently working hard on the production for All Saints' Day, the Catholic holiday for honouring the dearly departed. Like Fiore Anthuriums, cut-anthurium nursery.Jeroen Ammerlaan runs the location in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands. He has noticed a strong increase in orders in the run.....

US (CA): Matsumoto Asters - rising stars on the farm

Matsumoto Asters offer a rainbow of color options. Sun Valley have been growing Matsumotos for more than a decade.Matsumotos begin as a seed, and then grow into a plug, which are then planted directly in the soil. They grow tall and straight in the bright Pacific sun, creating dense rows of flowers which are.....

Calluna: From graveyard to backyard

"The calluna season has just ended and it has been a good one", says Gerd Canders of Europlant Canders. He and his son Tom, annually grow around 30 million young- and 4 million finished Beauty Ladies callunas in Straelen, Germany. Over the last few years they have seen the market changing and the demand.....

Noud Visschers, FreshCap:

"Our fresh flowers fly from Cape Town to their destinations daily"

FreshCap cultivates and supplies Proteas, Nutans, Leucadendrons and Cape greens from a breathtaking location in the Cape Town area, South Africa. “We guarantee florists fresh, quality products with a long vase life however, we are not in direct contact with them. Luckily, we receive the right feedback.....

US (CA): Finding new ways to make every drop of water count

What began as an avid interest in plants for husband and wife Ken and Deena Altman is now a wholesale nursery business that encompasses more than 1,700 acres in six states. Altman Specialty Plants, today is one of the nation's largest horticultural growers, specializes in drought-tolerant and water-efficient.....

Nico Grootendorst, Dutch breeding company Evanthia:

Brassicas in Bogota: "Great area for bright colors"

Brassicas, brassicas and more brassicas. At Colombian farm Netalya, over 500,000 cut flower brassicas are grown on an altitude of 2,950 meters above sea level in Bogota. "Because of the cold nights, the circumstances in this area are great to let these brassicas receive their bright color", says Nico.....

American Grown Flowers are focus of National Geographic coverage

It’s not every day that National Geographic rings your phone. But that’s exactly what flower farmer Andrea Gagnon experienced when the renowned publication reached out to her to request an interview and photo shoot on her Gainesville, Virginia, farm.The coverage – touting the American Grown Flower movement –.....

Dutch daffodils for cremation of Thai king

On October 13, 2016, Thai king Bhumibol died aged 89, and now a cremation ceremony is taking place in Bangkok (October 26-30, 2017). The daffodil takes center stage at this event.Left to right: Jaco Leenen (WF Leenen & Zn BV), Nuth and Richard Bonnet (New Fashion Flowers) and Dirk Leenen (WF Leenen &.....

US (CA): Local farms hurt by lack of workers

Across San Diego County and California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified and willing people to work in agriculture, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation.The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of.....

CAN (AB): Thiel's Greenhouses ventures into hydroponics

Greenhouse owner Nadine Stielow started testing hydroponic growing technology last spring and saw the fruits of her labour come to life literally in the form of lettuce and other vegetables this summer.With the successful testing, the next step launching campaign to raise $25,000 this fall, which helps the.....

US (CA): Encinitas flower grower fighting to switch to marijuana grower

Marijuana was supposed to be on the menu Wednesday night at the Encinitas City Council, but they decided to pass on a very important vote. After hearing 60 speakers, both for and against, the council decided to leave it to voters instead. The issue? A local flower farmer who wants to start growing cannabis.....

UK: Allensmore Nurseries breaks ground on expansion

Work has started on the development of a further 9 acres of outdoor production at Herefordshire-based Allensmore Nurseries’ Madley site.This latest development is in response to current and anticipated increased demand for the company’s expanding range of high quality perennials.Commenting on their latest.....

Kenya: High-altitude cultivation leads to flowerful hydrangeas

FloraDelight is specialized in cut hydrangeas from Kenya. Frans Ederveen: “Our products are shipped and processed daily, there is no difference in quality compared to Dutch produce.”Hydrangea is a fairly new product to the local Kenyan nurseries. FloraDelight was the first in Kenya to pick up this flower and.....

US: Oregon Lean Consortium now open to new members

After a successful year of improvements, the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium is now open to new members. Greenhouse and nursery growers — and their suppliers — are invited to join the 2018 program year.The consortium brings together improvement leaders from multiple companies to learn and apply Lean.....

Bloomingdale Roses' Bunty Shah shot dead

Bloomingdale Roses' owner Bunty Shah has been shot dead at his family's home in Nairobi, Kenya. Shah and his Bloomingdale Roses brand was a well-known name in the flower industry, operating a 38 ha nursery with a range of 20 breeds, grown on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Bunty Shah in January 2017 (source.....

US (CA): Resendiz Brothers hosts California Protea Association’s fall meeting

This month Resendiz Brothers had the pleasure to host the California Protea Association’s (CPA) Fall meeting. The topic was – the International Protea Association (IPA) 2017 conference and Pre-Conference Tour. "It was our opportunity to shared what we learned while attending the conference in South Africa.....

Costa Farms’ Mike Rimland appointed as AIPH IGOTY judge

Following up on its 2016 International Grower of the Year award, Costa Farms announces the appointment of Mike Rimland to serve a three-year term as a judge to the International Association of Horticultural Producers’ (AIPH) International Grower of the Year award panel. Rimland will be working with other top.....

Arno Rijnbeek, Rijnbeek & Son:

NL: 'Enhanced digging machine boosts bareroot lifting season'

In 2016, Rijnbeek & Son took delivery of a new and exclusive digging machine. Produced by Van Gerven, this was specially designed to make the lifting of bareroot plants easier and quicker.Increased soil removalOne year on and a new shaking mechanism has been attached to the rear of the machine which.....

Andreas Pellens, Pellens Hortensien

High times for German hydrangea grower

"My father would have advised me to expand the greenhouse, but I'd rather invest in the existing square meters to enhance the quality of the product", says Andreas Pellens of Pellens Hortensien. Recently, this German hydrangea young plant and finished plant grower rearranged the internal greenhouse logistics.....

Alexandra Farms pulls through after Hurricane Irma

"Our sales are higher than last year, but getting the product to the US was and still is a major challenge", says Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms. September and October are the most important months for this Colombian garden rose grower, but Hurricane Irma and the aftermath resulted in challenging weeks......

Hurricane Maria:

Solar saves Puerto Rican Farm

On September 20th, Hurricane Maria paid a devastating visit to Puerto Rico. Widespread power outages have ravaged Puerto Rico, but one flower nursery was already back in business, thanks to its $300,000 investment in solar power. The company in question is Cali Nurseries that is located in the central .....

Porta Nova prepares for expansion

Rose grower, Porta Nova located in Waddinxveen, the Netherlands, produces only top-notch roses. As a company that values quality and believes in always taking new steps, they have decided to undergo new construction in 2018, adding an additional 8 hectares. The new construction will incorporate several.....

Dash Dream Plant to pay $110,000 to settle lawsuit

Don't get pregnant or you're fired, orchid grower told employees

A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Dash Dream Plant held staff meetings in which female employees.....

Sustainability as quality label

Sustainability is a comprehensive concept linked to social development, environment, ecology, and future-oriented thinking. This is the definition of the United Nations (1987): “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations.....