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Armenia: Rose greenhouse plans to become world's largest

Armenian Minister of Agriculture Ignati Arakelyan has visited a number of greenhouse farms in the Kotayk region of Armenia. The minister visited the greenhouse for growing roses by Ecotomato Company, which is among the top five companies in the rose-growing market worldwide, according to its production.....

Teamwork makes for swift ground cover replacement at Red Sun Farms

VIDEO Ground cover replacement is usually something that growers postpone simply because it is a time consuming job. In December we showed how a Dutch grower replaced 7 hectares in 2.5 weeks with the help of 20 workers. This was fast, yet the growers at Red Sun Farms believed the job could be done even faster......

sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

John Valk and Gina Marchionda:

Flowers Canada Ontario awards industry leaders

John Valk and Gina Marchionda took center stage at Flower Canada Ontario's Annual General Meeting, that was held on Wednesday, January 11. Valk received the 2016 Flowers Canada (Ontario) Lifetime Achievement award and Marchionda the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award. Every year, at the AGM,.....

Rabobank:

Dutch greenhouse growers dare to expand again

Greenhouse cultivation is on the rise again and Westland entrepreneurs are daring to expand again. "Remarkably most expansion plans are with respect to greenhouse vegetables, where the market balance is less stable," according to Ruud van der Vliet, director Companies at Rabobank Westland in Rabobank’s.....

Felipe Saldarriaga, Green Bouquet: "We are sold out"

Not only rose growers profit from Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not only an important day for rose growers, it is too for the ones who cultivate foliage. For Israeli Ruscus grower Felipe Saldarriaga of Green Bouquet, it is one of the most important days, together with Mother's Day. "We are already completely sold out and the demand seems to be high.....

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US (PA): Electrical short caused fire at Dan Schantz Farm

The fire that broke out at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouses in Zionsville, PA last week probably started with an electrical short in the ceiling of the new head house. For the owners, employees and community, it has been an emotional and hectic week. What did they do in the days after the fire? Dan.....

US: Farmers encouraging farmers to go to Washington

Last year’s delegation was one of California Cut Flower Commission's (CCFC) largest, if not the largest group of farmers that took to Washington, D.C. "It was a great group and their advocacy made a difference", says Kasey Cronquist, CEO of CCFC on americasflowers.org.From February 28 to March 2, 2017 flower.....

Teun Valstar

Dutch tropical pot plant grower discusses sustainable cultivation of calathea

In the coming weeks at Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with tropical pot plant grower Teun Valstar:What do you specialize in?We.....

Uganda: Turning hibiscus flowers into wine

Though Hibiscus sabdariffa, also known as Roselle, grows in the wild, it is domesticated in some parts of Northern Uganda as a traditional vegetable. Many farmers are growing it on medium to large scale.Besides being part of the diet, the plant has a number of medicinal properties and the products made from.....

Connectaflor new distributor for Europe

Esmeralda Farms looks back at challenging 2016

"I will always remember 2016 as the year of loss", says Clarisse Ullrich, president of Esmeralda Farms. In June, she lost her husband and founder of the company Peter Ullrich. In August, their farm in Ethiopia was burned down by rebels and they consequently had to close their sales department in the.....

Roses bloom all over Bangladesh

Not very far away from Dhaka, six of the villages of Birulia Union, Savar, are in full bloom with millions of roses. Acres of land dedicated to ravishing red roses, exuding style and grace, bathed in winter mist, are surely a spectacular bonanza for the city dwellers who want to flee to the natural.....

US (NY): High schools train the next generation of growers

It's Monday, 8 a.m., and these teens have already mucked stalls in the barn and fed the goats, alpacas and miniature cows. They've rounded up eggs in the henhouse, harvested cabbages and a few green-tinged tomatoes, and arranged them in tidy tiers to sell in the Agriculture Store. Now they're ready.....

Canada: CosMic Plants expands orchid production

CosMic Plants is expanding its orchid production. In June 2016 owners and brothers Mike and Neil Van Steekelenburg acquired an existing, modern 240,000 square feet greenhouse in their hometown Beamsville. Now, about half of the greenhouse is filled up with Phalaenopsis orchids and the other half is already.....

Australian grower sells freeze-dried flower petals online

Sarah Sammon began her dried rose petal business in her mother Jan Slater's kitchen 12 years ago at Swan Hill.From packaging shrivelled air-dried potpourri to now being the largest rose petal farm in the southern hemisphere, the secret to Simply Rose Petals' success has been online sales, freeze drying and a.....

Dutch flower grower Hans Cuppen:

"Resilient cultivation is not solving problems"

"Resilient cultivation is not solving problems, it is preventing them", says Hans Cupping of Maatschap Cuppen, a Dutch grower of amaryllis, sansevierias, winter purslane, arugula and strawberry plants. He is growing these products organically for many years and is pleased with the results. According to.....

Florsaika breeder visits Holland

Plantipp recently had the pleasure to welcome Koichiro Nishikawa, breeder and owner of Florsaika in Ecuador, to Holland. Koichiro is the man behind famous series like Delosperma Wheels of Wonder and Delosperma Jewel of Desert."Plantipp owner Reinier gave him a tour around the Netherlands like only Reinier.....

US (NJ): Festive $6.9M crop is hitting peak season

New Jersey is famous for its tomatoes and sweet corn, but there is another crop that is now in season and taking center stage - the poinsettia.Unlike other Jersey crops, the poinsettia season is much shorter. Most of the plants will be shipped and sold during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and.....

NL: Van der Voort Potplanten - world's largest spathiphyllum grower

In December, we proudly present Van der Voort as grower of the month. The nursery in Honselersdijk is specialized in the production of Spathiphyllum, Azalea and Ludisia. With their four locations and 8 hectares the grower is capable of a production of 10 million plants per year, which is about 200,000 plants.....

US (VT): Grower fills greenhouse with popular Christmas plant

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, it's time to look forward to the next big season and one local grower is more than ready.It is a visual feast. Poinsettias for as far as the eye can see. There is more than a quarter million square feet of greenhouse space full of these Christmas plants."We.....

Belgium, China, Netherlands and UK are IGOTY finalists

Growers of finished plants and trees from Belgium, China, The Netherlands and UK are contenders for the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017.Boterdaele Erik bvba - BelgiumBoterdaele Erik bvba is a family business situated near Ghent.....

India: Floriculture loses sheen due to low prices

No rituals are celebrated without flowers but floriculture cultivation in the district was found to be a herculean job with no significant profits. Though there are risks involved in cultivation, horticulture crops are being grown in the recent years due to huge demand for the produce. But, the farmers are.....

January 11, Lisse

NL: Registration open for Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize ceremony

Who will win the Horticultural Entrepreneur's Prize 2017? On Wednesday, 11 January 2017, we shall finally know which entrepreneur demonstrated the best innovative and sustainable business acumen because that is when the winners will be announced. The Keukenhof is hosting the 31st Horticultural Entrepreneur's.....

Busy times for New Jersey grower Hionis Greenhouses

Poinsettias: "People tend to go for bigger pot sizes"

New Jersey based Hionis Greenhouses is in the middle of its shipping season for poinsettias. According to the owner, Tim Hionis, the sales are strong and the bigger pot sizes are seeing good demand. "However, as the season is not over, we cannot state anything yet."Hionis Greenhouses is one of New Jersey's.....

Frans Bunnik, Bunnik Plants:

“When it comes to energy, you never stop learning as a grower”

Fossil fuels are becoming scarce. This observation is forcing many greenhouse horticulturists to adjust their energy management and to consider alternatives. Potted plant specialists Bunnik Plants of Bleiswijk are well ahead of this trend. For over 20 years, the company has been getting its heat from the.....

Chrysanthemum flowers enter harvest season in East China

In Wuyuan County in the Jiangxi province in eastern China, the chrysanthemum harvest season has started again. On November 13, workers were picking organic chrysanthemum flowers in a plantation in the village of Chaguan. Chinese newspaper Global Times has pictures of the harvest.

New Zealand: Meilland roses shine at International Rose Trials

National and international rose growers will learn on Sunday which of the new rose varieties grown in Palmerston North have been judged the best. Over the past two years, 40 roses submitted by growers and hybridisers from around the world have been cared for by city council staff at the New Zealand.....

Australian grower expands from 40 to 80km of flower beds

In a bold move that signals big business confidence in the Shepparton region, a Murchison flower grower has nearly doubled the size of his farm with 141 new greenhouses in production.Avonlea Flowers owner David Weidenbach said it had taken two years to construct the new plastic houses which will increase the.....

Kenya: Panda Flowers' sights set on Valentine's Day

"Now it's time to prune", says Paul Wanderi of Panda Flowers. This Kenyan farm is preparing for Valentines Day (February 14) and is busy with pruning to avoid having extra volumes at the moment, as the demand is low, but have good volumes during the Valentine sales period as the demand shall be high. Paul.....

Schenck Farms is dedicated to clean stock since 80's

"It prevent us from running into bacterial infection problems"

VIDEO Having a clean stock and trying to grow clean plants. Since the 1980's, this has been one of the major aims of Schenck Farms & Greenhouses and prevented them from running into bacterial infection problems, explains owner Lou Schenvk in an interview with Vétoquinol Canada. This Canadian greenhouse,.....

Colombia: Poinsettias are good source of income for small plant growers

Poinsettias are coveted throughout the Catholic world as the year draws to an end and the holidays approach; their leaves add a magnificent splash of forest green and crimson red is evoking the Spirit of Christmas. And in Colombia too. In an article in the Colombian Journal, El Tiempo a Colombian.....

US (PA): Greenhouse gearing up for poinsettia season

Step into the complex at Lederer’s Greenhouses and the holiday spirit is in full swing. More than 25,000 poinsettias are in the final stages of growth for the holiday season.Poinsettias are a holiday mainstay at Lederer’s Greenhouses in Chester County. The Lederer family has been raising this Christmas.....

Penn State Horticulture major named Shinoda Foundation Scholar of the Year

The Shinoda Foundation has awarded its highest honor, the Shinoda Scholar of the Year, to Mikaela Hermstedt, a Horticulture major at The Pennsylvania State University.“Future growers like Mikaela embody our industry’s potential,” said Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “It’s our privilege to.....

New Zealand: A lucrative "chore" for peony growers

Central Otago provides what Tarras grower John Morrison describes as "the bloody best climate" in the country for peonies and 16 years in the export business has allowed him and wife Mary Wood to fine-tune their grower skills.The reward for the hardworking couple is an enviable lifestyle and good financial.....

'Coreopsis verticillata about to lose bad reputation'

The Coreoposis verticillata have had a bad reputation for many years in Germany, but there might be light at the end of the tunnel. This year, German perennial grower Stephan Plesse of dieter denzer gartenbau, supplied the first varieties to one of Germany's major garden centers, and they are eager to put.....

Van Lier Nurseries:

NZ: "Only the best quality makes it to market"

Van Lier Nurseries are one of the largest producers of fresh cut roses in New Zealand and have been doing so since 1967. This means that at some stage in your life, or in the life of your parents, or even in the life of their parents, a Van Lier Nurseries grown flower will have been purchased and enjoyed.....

NL: The last nerine flowers leaving the greenhouse

VIDEO The season for the cut flower nerine is nearing its end at Dutch flower grower Agrofleur Select. From September to November, they supply the cut flowers and from November till April, the bulbs. Below, a video you can see the nerine flowering in Agrofleur Select's greenhouse and outdoors, on a surface of.....

Salt Lake airport greenhouse adds color for holiday travelers

An airport in the middle of a desert may be one of the last places you'd expect to find an oasis of colorful flora most associated with wintertime and Christmas, but such a place does exist, and it’s in Utah.Salt Lake City International Airport sits on about 9,400 acres just west of downtown, and on its.....

Denmark: Two geniuses meet in Rosa Loves Me

The late Danish horticulturist Svend Jensen invented the miniature potrose in the 1980s. He developed a method to cultivate low growing garden roses inside a greenhouse into 10 and 12 cm potplants. Rosa Eskelund had her first sales job at Danrose, Svend’s company. Harley was the grower and technical expert.....

Bangladesh: Flowers bring smiles for farmers

Many farmers in Rajshahi region including Godagari have attained success in the cultivation of flowers commercially for the past couple of years as an alternative crop.They cultivated gladiolus sticks on around 30 decimals of land in Kodomshohar, Bijoynagar, Kadipur and Amanatpur areas.Under its second crop.....

Westphalia plant growers visit Gruppo Di Meo Remo facilities

After the positive results of a trip carried out by a group of plant growers from north Westphalia last year, a new group of German operators wanted to do the same this year, to learn more about the leading companies of the Roma and Latina greenhouse sector, among which we find those part ofGruppo Di Meo.....

New Zealand grower builds own greenhouses to grow indoor crops

Working for many years in this industry can tend to ‘block out’ scent receptors when it comes to flowers, but Matthiola incana (stock flower) has this heady, almost spice like scent that is hard to ignore.NZ Flowers Week were greeted by Denis Grogan and soon after his lovely wife Suntara appeared from a.....

K&L Nurseries:

NZ: 70% of South Island’s gerberas supplied by one grower

Having started growing their own roses simply to supply their florist shop, Paul and wife Lyn soon expanded the business when joined by daughter Michelle in 2000 to meet the ever-increasing demand for their quality product. Michelle's husband Ian Kempthorne joined full-time in 2006.They are all actively.....

NL: Porta Nova purchases 20 ha

Dutch rose grower Porta Nova has purchased 20 ha of land in Waddinxveen, the Netherlands. Half of the plot is undeveloped and is part of the greenhouse area called Glasparel+. The other half houses pot plant nursery Sjaloom.Last month Sjaloom mentioned that they already had been taken over and that they will.....

US: Florist teams with flower farm to create ethical arrangements

When Juliana Varkonyi and her mother Mary Ibanez decided to open a flower shop, they knew they wanted it to reflect a sense of community and respect for the environment.That’s why they decided to open Desert Modern Florals in Downtown El Paso and then partner with Calhoun Flower Farms based in southern New.....

November and December, busy time for a garden center?

The leaves are off the trees and the flower beds around your home are dying, but at Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, this is one of the busiest times of the year.Not surprisingly, May and June are the busiest months at the garden center, said Phillip Goers, whose family business celebrated its 50th.....

Manfred Heekeren, Jacob und Heekeren Staudenkulturen:

'In-the-shelf flowering sedums highly demanded'

Today's consumer likes to buy their plants already flowering. But this can't always be achieved with sedum plants: many varieties do not flower in the shelves, since their flower stems often break during transport. For this reason, breeders are continuously investing in enhancing sedum varieties in this.....

US (MT): Gainan's growing poinsettia in greenhouse again for holidays

For the first time in about eight years, Gainan’s Flower and Garden Center is growing its own poinsettias for the holiday season. It’s more expensive and more labor intensive, but to Gainan, the risk is worth it.Mick Gainan talks about the effort to produced home grown plants for the holiday season at.....

Video: Soarin' over California ilex

The ilex fields in Willow Creek are bursting with color, and Sun Valley Farms are busy picking stems. The ilex program has been a personal project of Lane's for several years, and his dedication to perfection is evident in this crop. The Willow Creek farm is an awe-inspiring place. This movie, created by.....