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US (AK): Homer peony farms booming

Peonies have had a short and relatively variable history in Alaska. Homer resident Rita Jo Shoultz, opened the state’s very first peony farm, Alaska Perfect Peony, in 2006 after being approached by a professor from Fairbanks, who had been studying the potential growing season for peonies in Alaska.“She told.....

Europe: Direct trade sales increased during holiday period

The period from 17 July through 11 August 2017 closed with a turnover of €247 million, Royal FloraHolland reports. This is the lowest turnover of this year. In this period many people in Europe are on holiday, and therefore they buy fewer flowers and plants.In the summer period consumers buy fewer flowers......

Understanding the market through better insights

For demand for green life products and services to grow, it is imperative that nurseries have a strong understanding of what customer want.But how can we gain those important consumer and market insights in order to actively drive sales volumes?This is the key question being addressed in outcome two of the.....

Colombian flower exports up 8% in first semester

The Colombian Association of Flower Exporters (Asocolflores) announced that exports of this Colombian product grew by 8% in value and 3.5% in volume during the first half of the year.Of the 90 countries to which Colombia exports flowers, the country’s commercial activities improved the most in the United.....

Ecuador: Flower exports fall to worst level in 4 years

In 2016, Ecuador’s income from flower exports reached $ 802 million, the lowest amount the sector has reported in the last 4 years. In 2013, the turnover amounted to $ 830 million; in 2014, to $ 918 million and in 2015 to $ 820 million.The reality of the sector was outlined by the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Royal FloraHolland sounds out clients on image auctioning

Image auctioning of plants will be introduced to Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk on 4 October 2017. This prospect has raised concerns among some growers and customers.Royal FloraHolland discussed the situation among themselves during an extra consultation session with the Plant Clock Promotion sounding board group......

Dutch export of flowers and plants to Eastern Europe grows significantly

Dutch export of flowers and plants to Eastern European destinations is growing stronger than the average increase shows. This is apparent from the export statistics that Floridata generates for the sector. Until the end of July, the total increase is 6%. In turnover it is € 3.8 billion. The wide assortment,.....

CAN: Ontario flower growers fear minimum wage hike

Plans for minimum wage hike are the talk of town in Ontario, Canada. A 23 percent increase that will come into effect in January 2018 worries Ontario flower farmers. Labor represents their single largest cost, and this $2.60 increase, to $14 per hour in 2018, and eventually $15 per hour in 2019, might even.....

Ethiopia pockets 271 mln USD from flower, horticulture export

Ethiopia has generated close to 271 million U.S. dollars from the exports of flower and other horticulture products during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority revealed on Tuesday.Export of flower holds the lion's share of the total 271.....

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.....

Frank de Hek, Oaklins:

"Consolidation in horticulture to continue"

Frank de Hek, Oaklins' horticulture specialist, shares some high level industry intelligence in a new edition of the company's newsletter, Spot On."Oaklins has advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions in the horticultural sector in the last 15 years. At first, small consolidation plays and family.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

“Growth is an important condition for survival”

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, brings you up to date with the latest developments in his new vlog. Where are we now with ‘Cooperative 2020’? And what is Royal FloraHolland doing to get all its members and buyers into the digital world? And there’s an answer to the question of why growth is so.....

Kenya's post-election unrest leads to worker shortage

"Even though there might be some shortage of workers, all Kenyan flower farms are still in business and exporting", says a Kenyan rose grower in Nakuru. After Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as president last Friday, angry protests erupted as opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected the results, indicating that.....

Uganda: Flower exporters set to invest $17.8m in value

Three flower firms, Wagagai Ltd, Ugarose Flowers Ltd and Jambo Rose have pledged to invest $17.8m in Uganda’s flower sector in the next 4 years aimed at increasing flower export volume on the global market.In the next 4 years, Wagagai Ltd will invest an additional $14.1m between 2017 and 2021. Jambo Roses.....

USDA adds plants to “Not Authorized” list for importation

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on June 19 announcing additions to its list of plants it considers to be “not authorized pending pest risk analysis” (NAPPRA). Plants listed as NAPPRA may be restricted from entry because they are.....

China: B&R Initiative to boost flower sales

Zhou Yue, general manager of Guangdong Chencun The World of Flowers Co Ltd, pointed to growing markets across the world that Chinese growers should take advantage of to sell their flowers and plants."The vast flower markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and other regions involved in the.....

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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.....

China: Orchids bloom for export boom

Last month, Dingliang Biological Technology exported 1,000 butterfly orchid plants, worth about $3,000, to Canada.It was a crucial, first step. But the big prize is the US as annual imports of butterfly orchids to the biggest economy in the world is 50 million, with 23 million seedlings, which are worth.....

Impact of US and Iran elections

Last year, much attention has been paid to the elections in America and Iran. One of the big questions surely was whether changes to power would have an effect on the current JCPOA deal (the 'Iran deal'). Many companies have therefore planned a ‘rest break’ during this period after having oriented themselves.....

Wanted: Investor for 94 ha desert land development in Siwa oasis, Egypt

A special call for a special project. In the Siwa Oasis in Egypt, a Dutch/Egyptian family has 94 hectares of desert land available. This special location offers interesting perspectives for different forms of horticulture. Also the Egyptian government has an interest in promoting investments in the area. The.....

Servaas van der Ven in GROW:

"Growth is not a choice but a necessity"

“We must remain the largest marketplace because the sector benefits from that situation.” Servaas van der Ven, CCO of Royal FloraHolland, is talking in the newest GROW about the theme of growth of the cooperative and our marketplace. How does the cooperative want to grow, and where do the challenges lie? “In.....

US (CA): Drastic reduction in Santa Barbara County flower production

In accordance with the provisions of Sections 2272 and 2279 of the California Food and Agricultural Code, the 2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report has been submitted. This report summarizes the acreage, production, and gross value of Santa Barbara County’s agricultural commodities.Santa Barbara County.....

Bulgaria: Tough year but good harvest for oil rose growers

If there is a sector in the Bulgarian economy, where Bulgaria has been among the global leaders for years, this is certainly the growing of oil-bearing roses, Rosa damascena and Alba, and the extraction of high-quality oil from their blossoms, which is used by the most famous and luxurious brands of perfumes.....

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NL: Cut flower prices under pressure by warm weather and French holiday

Period 6 from 22 May up to 18 June 2017 at Royal FloraHolland ended with a decline in sales of 6%. The turnover was € 20 million less than a year ago.The decline in sales is due to the disappointing sales to France, because Ascension Day fell just before Mother’s Day and many French people were away for the.....

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Increase popularity of your flower in Japan with IFEX Flower Awards 2017

Want to increase the popularity of your variety in the Japanese market? IFEX Flower Awards can help you with their award contest with the subtitle "The future best sells chosen by flower shops and designers". All participating varieties will be promoted in the Japanese flower industry before the IFEX takes.....

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.....

Azerbaijan: Zagatala revives floriculture industry

Floriculture in Zagatala is being viewed as a high growth industry. Commercial floriculture is becoming important from the export angle, as floriculture has higher potential per unit area than most of the field crops and is therefore a lucrative business.A flower processing plant will soon be opened in the.....

US: Rural unemployment rates declined for all education levels

Unemployment rates for rural adults are lower for those with higher educational attainment. But during the Great Recession (shaded area of the chart), unemployment rates across all education levels roughly doubled between 2007 and 2010.Rural working-age adults (ages 25-64) without a high school diploma saw.....

Chrysanthemum lifts villagers out of poverty in north China

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has posted a photo report, showing how villagers in the north of China benefit from chrysanthemum cultivation. In the photos, villagers from the Nanzhao Village of Handan, north China's Hebei Province, are shown picking and processing chrysanthemum flowers.Check out the.....

US: CSKT Forestry Department greenhouses help spread diversity

A painted ply-board sign saying: “Native Plant Sale” drew customers to the Tribal Forestry Department’s greenhouse. Apricot trees, landscaping plants, and even huckleberry bushes are ready for customers to purchase and transplant.All plants are grown locally and seasonal greenhouse worker Monty Morengo said.....

Why is Royal FloraHolland investing in Turkey?

“Erdogan isn’t positive about the Netherlands and Royal FloraHolland investing in Turkey-Eurasia. Why?” The flower auction will hold a meeting on 28 June 2017 titled, 'Turkey, ignore or invest?', where you can hear the answer to this provocative question.This meeting promises to provide information, new.....

Swedish Midsummer boosts Dutch flower trade

Red, white and blue flowers were in high demand at Dutch ornamental exporters in the run-up to the Midsummer festivities celebrated in Sweden last Friday. In addition to what's probably the most important national holiday in Sweden, on which people put flowers in their hair, there were another two moments to.....

AIPH publishes 2016 international statistical yearbook

The International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2016 yearbook shares the available data on the global production and trade of flowers and plants.New for this year is more information not only about the British horticultural market but also about production and markets in Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden.....

New study shows $21 billion in total output sales and 232,000+ jobs

US: Florida’s nursery & landscape industry generates big economic impact

With a 37% increase in total output since its last economic study five years ago, Florida’s nursery and landscape industry generates $21.08 billion in total output sales and over 232,000 jobs. This is according to the economic impact study (the fourth in its series since 2000) conducted by the University of.....

goal: a single digital growers’ platform

Royal FloraHolland and FloraXchange join forces

Digitalizing the floriculture sector will get a serious boost now that Royal FloraHolland and FloraXchange have joined forces. The global marketplace for flowers and plants took out a controlling interest in the FloraXchange platform.This cooperation marks the starting point of the creation of one single.....

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Prices of cut flowers under pressure

Period 6 (from May 22 to June 18) closed with a drop in turnover of 6%. The turnover was thus €20 million less than last year.The drop in turnover is due to disappointing sales to France as the Thursday before the French Mother's Day was Ascension Day, and many French people were away for a long weekend. It.....

USDA to amend demands for bellflower import from Denmark

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to amend the plants for planting regulations to allow bellflower (Campanula spp.) plants for planting in approved growing media from Denmark into the United States. The proposed rule would require that.....

Royal FloraHolland closes florists clock in Naaldwijk

In three months from now, the florists clock in Naaldwijk will close, Royal FloraHolland announced. According to the cooperative, clients of the florists clock are increasingly buying through digital channels. This transition is supposedly taking place so rapidly that the balance between supply and demand at.....

Australian wildflowers popular in Japan

Hardy Australian native flowers are making big waves in Japan with eucalyptus tetragona, in particular, trending among florists and interior design stores.The Australian native, prized for its blue leaves and white frosty nuts, goes under the hammer every few days in Japan.Eriko Tashimo, sales manager with.....

UK: Bradley florist urges people to buy British

A Bradley based artisan florist is marking this week's British Flowers Week by urging people to buy home grown blooms.And, Susan Dobson, of The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, will be offering discounts for her autumn workshop on bookings placed before the week is out.Her workshops, which take place at her.....

India: Saplings are flying off the shelves

Sasya Santhe (plants fair), an idea of popularizing horticulture crops among farmers and citizens, is fast catching up. The brainchild of the horticulture department of the Koppal district is being expanded to other districts too.The 10-day santhe, which was inaugurated in Koppal on June 14, is getting good.....

New roadmap for Australian nursery industry

A roadmap for the future of the nursery industry has been released, outlining the priorities for research and development (R&D) and marketing over the next five years, to support its growth and sustainability.The industry plays a vital role in the physical, economic and environmental well-being of all.....