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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.....

Kenya: Beekeeping adds income source for flower farm workers

Maasai Flower Farm, tucked deep into the armpits of Kajiado County, the story sounds different. The farm which has a total work force of 1,500 workers has realised that during these tough economic times, it cannot pay its workers enough to sustain a respectful livelihood, and has decided to teach them a new.....

US (SC): Metrolina aims for closed loop water system

Argus is part of one of the newest and most significant additions to Metrolina Greenhouses: The purchase of Stacy’s Greenhouses in York, SC. The development of this property has helped Metrolina to become the sixth larger greenhouse grower operation in the United States (Drotleff, 2017).At this facility –.....

Flower shop and grower team up for British Flowers Week

Rumwell Flower Shop will be supporting British Flowers Week for the fifth-year running (June 19 – 25, 2017) and linking with a grower in the county to demonstrate the benefits of buying British.They have teamed up with Lucy Gowar from Sweet Cicely Flowers and will have a floral display at the farm shop.....

2018 American Grown F2V Dinner Tour looking for flower farms

Over the past three years, the Certified American Grown campaign has been hosting sold-out dinner events on some of America’s most beautiful flower farms.Halfway through the third season, American Grown are beginning to look at the opportunities for next year’s tour. A number of farms have contacted them to.....

Swedish grower upgrades greenhouse with LED-based lighting solution

Hällnäs Handelsträdgård, one of Sweden’s largest producers of organic leafy greens, herbs, and ornamental flowers, has seen a dramatic improvement in crop production since upgrading its supplemental greenhouse lighting from high pressure sodium (HPS) to Fluence LED-based solutions. The upgrade to Fluence LED.....

NL: ‘A year-round product with many applications’

Collaboration and anthuriums: these are the two greatest passions of FleuraMetz's Preferred Supplier Anthogether. Grower Klaas van der Spek: “Hence the compound name, with the ‘h’ in between: Ant-h-ogether.” In conjunction with FleuraMetz he wants to serve various customer groups. “A lot is changing in the.....

US (IN): Greenhouse grower carries on family tradition

As a fifth generation family member in the greenhouse industry, Bill Heidenreich uses the knowledge of those he grew up around to successfully sustain Heidenreich Greenhouses on the Southside of Indianapolis.“I cherish talking to all of these old timers, if we’re stuck and trying to figure something out,” he.....

"’Tête Bouclé’ on its way to stardom"

Jansen’s Overseas started as a nursery but has shifted its core business to the preparation and export of flower bulbs over the years, says current commercial director and owner, Dennis van der Krogt. “Our bulbs come from a fixed selection of growers, who we place contract orders with. The bulbs that arrive.....

Johan Jansen, Special Plant Zundert

Dutch grower thrives with tea plantation in Holland

Cultivating tea in Europe? Yes, it's possible. Dutch nursery Special Plant Zundert developed a variety of the Camellia Sinensis, the most important tea plant, which is hardy and also grows and flourishes in the Dutch garden. This company is said to be first nursery in Europe that succeeded in developing this.....

"Schlumbergera is a hard one to kill"

Hofland Flowering Plants not only invested in a brand new logo but have also updated their operational process. Annemiek Hofland: “My brother Frank and I are steadily taking over the management from our father Goos.” New developments have been made to suit the next generation. One of them are plastic pots.....

US: Kansas grower sells 'lesser known lovelies'

“Lesser Known Lovelies” are plants typically not found at area greenhouses and nurseries.James and Betty Taylor, with the help of a small army of volunteers, have been hosting the sale for more than 25 years.The idea grew from a photo album that Betty Taylor kept of her plantings around the flower beds at.....

US: AFE Intern Scholarships awarded to six students

Six students have been selected to receive AFE internships for the March 1 deadline.Five students were awarded Vic & Margaret Ball Internships and one student was awarded a Mosmiller Internship. Each will receive scholarships after successfully completing their internships.The Vic & Margaret Ball.....

UK: Bedding plant grower lodges plans for expansion

A family-owned Guildford horticultural business which was established in 1945 and supplies local garden centres is hoping to significantly expand its operations with plans lodged for a new development in the Surrey town.RC Kemp and Son is seeking planning permission from Guildford Borough Council to erect.....

US: Garrett Owen joins MSU floriculture team serving east Michigan

In January 2017, the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University hired Garrett Owen as an outreach specialist in the production of floriculture and other specialty crops produced in greenhouses and controlled environments. Owen has been involved in the horticulture industry from a very young age.....

Rudy Raes Bloemzaden:

Belgium: 'Better plug quality thanks to LEDs'

Rudy Raes Bloemzaden in Destelbergen is a Belgian company in the production and sale of young plants (power plugs) from seeds and cuttings, and in the improvement of primroses. In the meantime, Rudy Raes is at the helm and the fourth generation is ready to take charge. Raes strives for a beautiful, full crop.....

Germany: Another 12 ha greenhouse for Emsflower

Emsflower is busy expanding its facilities in Emsbüren. There will be another 12 hectares of glass, and according to business manager Bennie Kuipers, about 50 new jobs will be created. The intention is to continue to further concentrate the production in this little German town, just across the border near.....

US (OH): Decker’s Nursery joins Bower & Branch

Bower & Branch, Trees for Life, a group of independent family owned growers and garden centers announced that it is continuing expansion with the addition of Decker’s Nursery as a Grower Member fulfilling online consumer orders through its Garden Retailer members.Decker’s Nursery joins Bower & Branch.....

US (NC): Elementary students use hydroponics to plant for Mother’s Day

On Friday, prekindergarten through first-grade students at Ronda-Clingman Elementary planted flowers in preparation for Mother’s Day using hydroponics.The hydroponic system was obtained through a grant from the Health Foundation of Wilkes County thanks to the efforts of cafeteria manager Melissa Wiles. This.....

US (ME): Greenhouse marks 40 years of ‘a grand vision’

When Scott Longfellow first helped his parents open a greenhouse business in 1977, he didn’t think he’d work there more than a couple years, and he also thought his father’s decision to start the business with 12 greenhouses was too ambitious.“It seemed crazy,” he said of the largeness of the business plan.....

NL: Peek inside state-of-the-art Campanula nursery Ten Have

The brothers Rob, Dion and Vincent Ten Have own the beautiful Campanula nursery Ten Have Plant in Honselersdijk. A real family business, with the 3 brothers complementing each other well.The nursery has traditionally been a family business, originated in 1920, which has grown a lot of different products all.....

Dutch Lily Days 2017

"Innovation is needed more than ever in the floricultural sector"

Innovation is needed more than ever in the floricultural sector. It's a challenge that Dutch lily breeders are eagerly taking up. Progress is evident in all segments of the lily assortment. Come see this for yourself during the Dutch Lily Days, this will be the global hub for lily cultivation. Numerous new.....