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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.....

3.75 acre greenhouse for sale or lease in Taylorville

US: Looking for a greenhouse opportunity in Illinois?

A 3.75 acre greenhouse in Taylorville is being offered for sale or lease. It is centrally located in Illinois, has been used for growing flowers, herbs and vegetables, and has access to Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Springfield markets. It was built in 2007 and fully upgraded in 2012 and 2017. There.....

US (MI): How Kalamazoo's greenhouses grew

You don’t need a green thumb to notice that Kalamazoo is full of greenhouses.“And they aren’t small ones. They’re very, very large,” says listener Barbara Bott.They grow bedding plants – flowers and vegetables for home gardens. Barbara wants to know: why so many? Why here?To find out, WMUK paid a visit to.....

Myanmar flower growers squeezed by imports from China

Commercial flower growers are being squeezed by imports from China and there are allegations that Chinese nationals are selling blooms wholesale at a Yangon market.The rainy season has almost ended and winter will arrive in the coming weeks. Over the last weeks, most of Myanmar were preparing to celebrate.....

US: California Bountiful TV visits protea grower

This week Tracy Sellers, Host/Producer of California Bountiful TV, visited the Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers farm.A weekly, 30-minute show, California Bountiful is produced by the California Farm Bureau Federation in Sacramento. They educate folks on where their food really comes from... basically the.....

Where does ilex come from?

Ilex Verticallata is the premier autumn and holiday berry in the floral world. Sun Valley’s ilex is in a class of its own since they have been breeding their own varieties since 2007. The season in Willow Creek, California has been phenomenal, due to the very wet spring followed by a dry, hot summer.Lane.....

Danish grower Per Christensen, Gartneriet Tingdal:

"Being a green plant grower has not always been that rosy"

"Ten years ago, they would have probably thought that I was out of my mind when announcing to expand my green plant production", says Danish indoor greens grower Per Christensen of Gartneriet Tingdal, who recently expanded his 2.3 ha farm with 1 ha. According to him, the green plant sector has not been so.....

October 2-6, Bogotá

Colombia: Jaroma Roses celebrates expansion with open house

As is their tradition, Jaroma Roses opens their doors to customers to celebrate the new 3 hectares expansion, with more than 10 new varieties. On these days, you can enjoy their roses, gardens, live music, snacks and drinks.Jaroma Roses has been in business for 32 years and is now expanding to 32 hectares......

Mexico: Sewage floods nurseries in Xochimilco

An overflow of wastewater caused by recent heavy rains in Mexico City has wreaked havoc on nurseries in the southern borough of Xochimilco, causing the loss of thousands of flowers in the lead-up to one of the industry’s busiest seasons, Mexico News Daily reports.Around 200 nurseries spread over 120 hectares.....

4,000 m2 Solomio planted:

Mount Kenya Alstroemeria expands with spray carnation

As the acreage of alstroemeria cultivation is increasing, Mount Kenya Alstroemeria decided to expand its assortment. They grow alstroemerias on 4 ha in Nanyuki, Kenya, and recently planted a new spray carnation variety on 4,000 m2. On top of that, they are also running some trials with cut hydrangeas and.....

Kwekerij de Groot in the spotlight at OZ Planten

Kwekerij de Groot is a real family business with founder Joop de Groot. In 1963 Joop moved from Utrecht to Langeweg to start a tomato and cucumber nursery. After a few years his son Jan began next to the nursery of his father and took over the whole nursery in 1976. By that time, more potted plants were.....

US (OR): Walla Walla Nursery wins Farwest Best in Show booth award

Walla Walla Nursery wonthe Ted Van Even Best in Show booth award at the 2017 Farwest Show. The nursery won for its rich, plant-festooned booth that surrounds visitors in plant-covered walls. It also features a train set that winds its way around plant-covered tables, “delivering” sedums to market.“The.....

US (FL): Industry prepares for Hurricane Irma

In the floral industry, Florida is recognized as the fern and foliage capital of the United States, and the fern farms there were hit hard.Last year, Hurricane Matthew left 60 to 90 percent of fern farms reporting damage, calling it the “most damaging hurricane in recent history.”"So, as Hurricane Irma bears.....

NL: Van Uffelen Flowers enthusiastic about Next Generation Growing

Around Christmas of 2016, Dutch grower Van Uffelen Flowers installed air treatment units at their chrysanthemum nursery. Although they have worked with them for only half a year, the results of Next Generation Growing are very positive so far, according to Kees, Marco and Jeffrey van Uffelen. "We now can.....

US: Shinoda Foundation names 2017-18 scholarship winners

Eleven horticulture students from across the US have been honored with annual Shinoda Foundation Scholarships totaling $21,000.“The Shinoda Foundation thoughtfully selects our scholarship winners, based on their superior academics, career goals, extracurricular activities, work experience and need,” says Bob.....

UK: Tristram Plants staff get physical to raise money for charity

Walberton & Binsted Nurseries have always been involved in supporting local charities, but this Autumn some of their staff are pushing their physical and mental limits to support charities of their own.On 9th September, Walberton’s Production Operations Manager, Simon Green, will embark on the monumental.....

Belgium: Denis-Plants expands with 2 ha

Denis-Plants presents its first catalogue. It might seem like an anachronism to publish a catalogue in print in this digital age. But because of its evolution in the perennial plant sector, Denis-Plants made this deliberate choice nevertheless.Along with their website www.denis-plants.com, this catalogue.....

Kenya: Oserian’s 5,000-acre flower farm 'is driving forward an industry'

As one of the world’s largest exporters of fresh cut flowers, Kenya’s ‘champions of nature’ have long been an industry standard, but now that flowers really are in fashion, Oserian expects its industry leading model to blossom even further.A flower farm for 25 years, but with roots that delve back even.....

UK: Fairweather’s Nursery celebrates 30 years at Four Oaks

It's 30 years since Fairweather’s Nursery first exhibited at Four Oaks. Production in 1987 was focused on shrub and conifer liners in 7cm pots which were packed into old tea crates for shipping to customers. Plants were delivered on flatbed lorries covered with tarpaulins.The biggest volume lines were.....

C. Raker & Sons acquired by Roberta’s Unique Gardens

Last Friday, September 1, Roberta’s Unique Gardens (“Roberta’s”) of Waldron, Indiana and C. Raker & Sons, Inc. (“Raker”) of Litchfield, Michigan announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Roberta’s to acquire 100% of Raker’s business. The transaction is expected to close in the.....

Sergio Illescas Jijón of BellaRosa, Rose Connection on first school day Russia

"Less flowers to Russia due to Chinese Valentine's Day"

The first school day in Russia, September 1st, is one of the most important holidays for Ecuadorian rose growers. The demand for roses was high this year, but as Chinese Valentine's day (August 28) was celebrated in the same week, some farms were limited in supply. "Our offer was not as high as the Russian.....

September 12, Cordova & Federalsburg

US (MD): Cut Flower Tour on the Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland is organizing Commercial Cut Flower Farm Tours at:Honeybee Farm - Cordova, MDSmokey Cat Lavender Farm - Federalsburg, MDSeaberry Farm - Federalsburg, MDLunch and short Extension talks are part of the afternoon session at Seaberry Farm. Cost is $30 before September 8th; $35 after.....

US (IL): Stockton flower grower has passion for blooms

For Jeanie McKewan, growing flowers has been a lifelong passion. After decades of growing and learning, she still enjoys the colors, planting and cutting each year on Brightflower Farm outside of Stockton.The farm sells weekly to markets in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as some Whole.....

US (CO): Growing rudbeckias with LED

Brian Austin is living his dream. He was born into the greenhouse industry, and honed his pedigree by completing degrees in horticulture and landscape sciences at Colorado State University. He joined Dutch Heritage Gardens (DHG) in 2009 and achieved his lifelong dream in 2014 when he was named Head Grower......

US (CA): Flower grower switching to MMJ goes into planning stages

Seeking to replace an active cut flower growing operation with medical marijuana, the first cannabis cultivation use permit bid in unincorporated Monterey County is headed before the Planning Commission this week.Applicant Green Valley Floral is asking permission to convert existing greenhouses and.....

Simon Earley anticipates more business after Brexit

Since Brexit and the general election result, UK growers have been faced with increasing uncertainty and consolidation in the UK market."Despite this uncertainty, it’s never been more important to retain a strong supply chain", says Simon Earley of Earley Ornamentals. "We believe the benefits of working with.....

Summer flowers grower Johan Boere:

“I really enjoy working with the seasons”

At the edge of the Green Heart region along the Drecht River, the summer flowers grower Johan Boere (38) has a company extending over 3 ha. The nursery is named after the rural surroundings: Meer en Drecht. Johan started the company in 2000. His father raised cows and sheep, but Johan wanted to be involved.....

Acquisition of Dutch lighting firm Agrolux:

Scotts Miracle-Gro intensifies focus on hydroponics market

North American publicly traded horticultural supply giant Scotts Miracle-Gro continues its expansion in the market for commercial hydroponic supplies with noteworthy takeovers. After the acquisition of Gavita in June 2016, Scott's hydroponic subsidiary Hawthorne now has acquired Agrolux, another major Dutch.....

Building life in the soil:

US: Village Nurseries and Kellogg Garden Products to launch video series

Village Nurseries Wholesale, a specialty grower for landscape professionals, is launching a new, multi-episode series of videos on its YouTube channel. It complements last year’s inaugural 10-part educational video series that showcased low-water-use plants and shrubs for designing beautiful and dramatic.....

US (IL): Sunflowers prepare farm for organic future

Fifty acres of sunflowers bloomed in northwest Barrington Hills in one August week to create a unique carpet of bright yellow.But in addition to providing a vibrant visual along the village's country lanes, these sun-worshipping plants play a practical role in the conversion of the nearly 700-acre Barrington.....

NL: Hortilux supplies hybrid grow light installation for Ter Laak’s new greenhouse

Hortilux Schréder and Ter Laak Orchids have partnered in a hybrid grow light installation in Ter Laak’s new 5ha ‘Daylight’ greenhouse. The new build of the ‘Daylight’ greenhouse began last February—it is expected that it will be operational in the summer of 2018. Hortilux will supply a combination of HPS.....

How to grow tulips in winter

What is the most asked question at Sun Valley?“How do you have tulips in the months of September, October, November and December?”Starting in late August, Sun Valley starts harvesting their Rainforest Alliance Certified tulips which have been on a very special journey. They are now beginning their Southern.....

"A sign of the customer's familiarization with the plant"

EU: Garden orchids demanded earlier in the season

"The end consumer is finally starting to get familiar with the garden orchid", says Pascal Lambe of Phytesia, a Belgian breeder, propagator and grower of garden orchids. Lambe was very satisfied with the finished garden orchid spring sales of this year and, as a result, he has high expectations for the.....

Scott Barnitz of Bob's Market and Greenhouses on Stockosorb:

US: "Benefits from production to end consumer"

Bob's Market and Greenhouses in Mason, W.V., has been incorporating a water-absorbing hydrogel into its growing mixes since 1995. When this US company first started adding a hydrogel the growing mixes were produced using stationary concrete mixing drums.by David KuackScott Barnitz, vice president at Bob's.....

Romiti Vivai makes debut at Four Oaks

Pistoia based Romiti Pietro Vivai will be making their debut at Four Oaks next week (September 5/6).Their Northern Europe Consultant Domenico Guizzo reports on a positive six months of trading in the UK on behalf of Romiti Vivai. The acquisition of Tesi Ubaldo Nursery last year provided the ideal opportunity.....

Ecuador: Matiz Roses expands greenhouse by 2ha

Fulfilling Russian demand, coping with unexpected weather conditions and introducing new varieties. These are the three main reasons for Ecuadorian rose farm Matiz Roses to expand their greenhouses. Located at 3,000 meters above sea level in Cotopaxi they grow roses. With this 2 ha expansion, they will.....

US (IL): Flower farm takes new approach to growing locally

The terms "shop local" and "eat local" can be heard often around Central Illinois and beyond. However, another concept involving planting local may not be as familiar. It is something a group of Champaign women are looking to change.Read more at illinoishomepage.net

Video: MPS visit Hoogeveen Plants

The below video contains a portrait of grower Hoogeveen Plants. They specialise in the Helleborus, which they sell under the brand 'Hello Helleborus'. Commercial manager Bob Hoogerdijk and head grower Hans Brands talk about the cultivation and how it is filled in as sustainably as possible.The growers are.....

UK: Newey Roundstone steps into the Ellepot system

Newey Roundstone, based near Chichester in the UK, is one of UK’s largest propagators and producers of protected ornamental plants.For more than thirty years they have grown, invested, innovated and distributed the highest quality plants to retailers and professional growers. Located in West Sussex the.....

NL: Floral design teacher Sara Lisa on Red Naomi

You might know her as one of the most celebrated floral-design teachers of present times. You might also know her for amazing floral works that are not only a blend of art and beauty, but also always succeed in evoking feelings of awe. But did you know that her love and passion for flowers and floristry.....

Pablo Restrepo Samper, Excellence Flowers:

More Colombian roses for Chinese Valentine's Day

Chinese Valentine's Day is around the corner and South American growers have been busy shipping their flowers. This year, the holiday is celebrated on August 28, and more Colombian roses seem to be heading to China. Colombian rose grower Pablo Restrepo Samper of Excellence Flowers, for example, has increased.....

US (AK): Global warming threatens peony growers

Alaska is home to 200 commercial peony farmers, clustered in the three hot spots around its center and south-central coast. The state isn’t known for its agricultural exports, but peonies have quickly become a cash crop for its entrepreneurial farmers. Last year, these growers shipped more than 200,000 stems.....

"Every tenth rose sold in Russia is grown in Mordovia"

Acting Head of Mordovia Vladimir Volkov has visited the Mir Tsvetov company in the Kadoshkinsky district. He examined the greenhouses and spoke with employees.The area of the complex totals 6 ha. It is occupied by Dutch roses of 13 varieties. 99 people are engaged in planting. The roses from Mordovia are.....

UK: Walberton Nursery hosts Erasmus+ student

Walberton Nursery was approached early in 2017 by Florentios Economou, to ask if he could undertake a work placement as part of the Erasmus+ trainee-ship programme. As a business who places significant importance on encouraging young people into Horticulture, Walberton were only too pleased to offer.....

UK: Allensmore Nurseries launch 2018 Main Season Catalogue

Hot on the heels of the launch of their new Italian Plant Catalogue last month, Hereford-based Allensmore Nurseries have published their new 2018 Main Season Catalogue.The completely revised, larger format, 60-page catalogue has significantly improved plant information, split into easy to locate sections.....