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Bucketloads of flowers leave Floriade for city's nursing homes and hospitals

Of the more than 1 million bulbs that went into the ground for Floriade this year, perhaps 100 bucketloads will live a little longer, after they were sent to brighten up nursing homes and hospitals on Monday. With the help of volunteers and staff, head Floriade gardener Andrew Forster cut flowers and dug up bulbs…

Makoto Azuma builds giant plant sculpture at the beach using 8,300 Strelitzia

On October 11, a giant plant sculpture over 6 meters tall luxuriously using about 8,300 Strelitzia flowers, known for its distinctive orange and blue, appeared on Hyakuna Beach in Tamagusuku, Nanjyo City on the southern part of the main island of Okinawa. A successful flower artist in and outside of the country, Makoto…

State of affairs in the worldwide cut flower trade

At The LoadStar, a new longread has been published discussing the actual determinants of the world wide flower-production and trade. Recent troublesome weather conditions caused a setback in both African and South American production numbers, while other, in smaller flower producing countries 'vie for a…

Alma’s journey to 'Best in Show'

At the SAF Outstanding Varieties competition, Deliflor's chrysanthemum Alma won the prize for 'Best in show'. Once at the convention, it was no picnic. 250+ varieties, from more than 95 companies. Time to check out the story of this prize winning chrysanthemum. Juan David Lecuona, commercial director of Deliflor Latin America,…

CA: Tournament of Roses Announces 2019 Float Judges

The Tournament of Roses has selected Preston Bailey, Michael E. Berry, and Kimberly Oldis to be float judges for the 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda. The judges will grant awards based on many criteria including creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic…

US: California Grown Flowers Shine at State Fair

For 17 days this summer, California Grown Flowers were center stage at the California State Floral Association’s (CSFA) booth at the California State Fair. This year’s theme was “Back to the Floral Future.” The CSFA booth was full of CA Grown Flowers during the state fair. CCFC was a sponsor of CSFA’s…

Coloured by Gerbera presents new assortment

Minis, large flowered and specialties. From Piccolini to Pomp. The new assortment of gerberas for 2018-2019 is now online. Curious to see how many new varieties there are? The entire assortment can be found on the Coloured by Gerbera website . Florists, exporters and wholesalers from all around the world…

US : Sun Valley's Southern Hemisphere Tulip Program Launches

Sun Valley's Southern Hemisphere Tulip Program has Launched. Every year about this time, the grower begins to harvest tulips grown from bulbs originating in New Zealand. These tulips have been bred for years in the Southern Hemisphere, so they believe (in an agronomic sense) that it is spring time right…

Will cherry trees bloom for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Efforts are under way to develop a cherry tree that can bloom in the height of summer, and do it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A regional council - put together by the Kanagawa prefectural government and others - promoting flowers and greenery successfully engineered an early bloom…

Floral fragrances in herbaceous peony cultivars

Authors of a study from China and Japan examined 30 different cultivars using both test panelists who voted on the intensity of fragrance as well as chemical analysis using automatic thermal desorption-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The authors isolated 130 volatile organic compounds of which 72…

Are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

Kenya is the biggest exporter of roses to Europe, transporting almost 160,000 tonnes of cut flowers in 2017. The country’s climate is perfect for growing flowers, its proximity to the equator providing daily sunshine and mild temperatures year-round. But an increasing awareness of the virtues of buying…

The importance of keeping flowers cold

In the floral industry, there’s increasing recognition of the importance of cold temperatures — and providing cold temperatures for every flower from the point of harvest to the point of sale. (One notable exception to this rule: tropical flowers.) And, just for clarity, "cold" means 34 F to 36 F. by…


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