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Fancy staying at an aquaponic hotel?

The annual Radical Innovation Award competition always features elaborate and imaginative hotel designs, including water-powered resorts on mountaintops and rooms in flying glass pods. This year, one of the finalists created a hotel design centered on aquaponics. Varinot & Varinot Architectes, a firm based in…

Gerbera cultivation in India

In India, Gerbera flowers are extensively distributed at heights of 1300 to 3200 meters. They grow very well in states like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and other Himalayan regions. A good thing about the Gerbera flower is that it can be grown all over India through greenhouse farming. For a Gerbera plantation, tropical as well…

China: How to effectively stop loss in flower production after a rainstorm?

Recently, the hot weather in Shandong province lasted for nearly a month, followed by heavy rain. And the flowers in Qingzhou experienced the same weather in a short time. As the largest flower production base in the north, how can the Qingzhou flower base effectively stop loss after the flood disaster? The…

HSI invests in Kenya

From Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, HSI has big plans for the international greenhouse horticulture sector. Recently the company decided, if possible, to enter the Kenyan market even more actively. They are no strangers there, but are now going for the next step. Nico van der Spek and Richard Heemskerk love action. They turned…

Schneider assortment extended once more

Schneider youngplants is a company experiencing high growth rates in the past years through the constant creation of new partnerships within, as well as outside, Europe. One of the results issued from the processing of information retrieved by the sales representatives is that Schneider has noticed a…

India: "Agro-climatic conditions in the Nilgiris suitable for commercial orchid cultivation"

Agro-climatic conditions in the Nilgiris are suitable for cultivation of commercial orchids to earn more revenue. Dr V. Ramsundar, horticulture expert and deputy director of horticulture (retired) said that apart from wild orchids which are rare, there are many species of commercial orchids playing a vital role in…

Christmas tree production in containers

Christmas trees in containers are a relatively new crop at the Hans Reinke tree nursery. Significant expansion in available space has made possible an extensive fertilisation trial, conducted by the horticultural centre in Ellerhoop. Many years ago the Hans Reinke Tree Nursery in Rellingen, in the heart of the…

STEM Podcast: Demystifying Perennial Production

The Darwin Perennials team of Chris Fifo and Leland Toering were special guests to the popular podcast STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros. Hosted by Bill Calkins of Ball Seed, STEM dives into industry topics, and shares timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technologies. The episode featuring Leland…

US (CA): Proposals open for 2019 specialty crop grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation…

Gerard van Wijk, Hoog Bos

Dutch orchid grower to build its own cutting production facility

At Dutch Orchid grower Hoog Bos, the construction of a new 8,000m2 greenhouse is about to start. The new facilities is set to produce cutting material. "Normally cutting material produced by propagating companies is delivered to the grower when it's 20 to 24 weeks old. However, we've seen significant…

Combining floriculture and vertical farming

In the last 10 years, many companies have sprung up to grow herbs and greens in climate-controlled vertical farm or city farm facilities which are daylight-free. As a plant specialist for floriculture I’ve watched these developments with great interest. But I have wondered if a vertical farm can also…

US: Identifying opportunities to promote water conservation

Nursery and greenhouse growers have an important role to play in conserving water resources. Many technologies are available to help growers conserve water. Yet, within the industry, there may be varying levels of knowledge about a specific strategy, along with inconsistent adoption and continued use. A new study…

Molybdenum and Magnesium deficiency in poinsettia

Molybdenum (Mo) deficient poinsettias exhibit halo-like marginal leaf chlorosis (yellowing) on recently matured leaves, leaf distortion or rolling and leaf edge burn. Poinsettias exhibiting interveinal chlorosis (yellowing) in older leaves, however, is an indicator of magnesium (Mg) deficiency.  These are the findings of…

Czech scientists make progress in microscopic examination of plants

Researchers from the Centre of the Region Hana for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH) in Olomouc, together with colleagues from the University of Nottingham, and…

US (KY): First test plot of malaria-fighting plant a success

A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment research trial studying the feasibility of growing plants used to treat malaria was successful in its first growing season. In March, the college’s Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center personnel signed a memorandum of…

Why Sulphur plays a vital role

How to grow the best quality roses?

Taken up as ionic Sulphate SO4-, Sulphur links with Nitrogen to build protein and promote canopy development. Function While Nitrogen is a growth promoter, Sulphur is a growth regulator, effectively balancing the manufacture of sugars and proteins in leaf tissue with the demand from these materials throughout the plant. As such, Sulphur…

Education grant for Spanish language access to online grower courses

Greenhouse Training Online courses, including Disease Management, offered by University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF) have received a boost with an education grant from the…

Propagation container company expands into South Africa

Proptek has brought their industry leading propagation trays and containers to South Africa, where they hope to aid nurseries in growing excellent seedlings more efficiently and more cost effectively. “We’ve been really well known in North America for decades now, which is why it is so exciting to be…

Solving water quality issues

Looking after your water supply is essential to good quality production. But what should you do if you find a problem with your water quality? Ben Geijtenbeek, Senior Crop Technical Specialist at Syngenta Flowers, based at Enkhuizen in the Netherlands, says the first step is to identify the problem correctly. “Bad water can…

Australia: Saving rare orchids that are ‘confusingly difficult’ to grow in labs

Many species of orchids are now under severe threat of extinction. Several are threatened by illegal collections from the wild because many orchid species occur in just a few locations, and removing them leads to the extinction of the species. Other orchids, especially the ones that grow in grasslands,…

Mentoring lessons from plants

Everybody mentors, but usually without much training in how to be an effective mentor. Beronda Montgomery’s short article, “ From Deficits to Possibilities: Mentoring Lessons from Plants on Cultivating Individual Growth through Environmental Assessment and Optimization ”, makes the simple but effective suggestion that most of…

US (MI): Cut Flower Production short course for current and future farmers

The MSU North Farm continued its short courses program Sunday, Aug. 19. Participants got both classroom and experiential learning at the afternoon's course. Farmers from the area taught the facts and figures behind cut flower production, and then moved to another farm in the area, Rock River Farm. There…

Opportunities in Rwanda for floriculture

For sale: Bella Flowers

Bella Flowers is Rwanda's only rose breeding company on the shores of Lake Muhazi at an altitude of about 1,500 m above sea level. The government of Rwanda developed Bella Flowers to demonstrate the feasibility of growing roses in Rwanda and is now looking for investors to take over. The company became fully operational in…

Research leads to improved anthurium

Dümmen Orange, breeder and producer of plants and flowers, realises better quality and uniformity of its Anthuriums by means of internal comparative plug research. Left result with Quick Plug, right result with the standard plug Dümmen Orange is working continuously on the improvement of products and…

India: Facility for mass cultivation of orchids inaugurated in Manipur

A facility for mass cultivation of orchids and farmers’ training hostel buildings were inaugurated at the bio-resources park of Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a central institute in Manipur at Haraorou village, 16 km north of Imphal. Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and…

win-win for Dutch lily cultivation

More marigolds, more bees, better lilies

A good example of a win-win situation. In the northern Dutch province of Drenthe, more and more lily bulbs are grown. It's going quite well, although there's a constant struggle with the lesion nematodes, one of the biggest enemies of the lily bulb. Now it has been found that on the ground where first…

Irrigation mat provides solution for water shortages

Whilst Europe has been basking under record temperatures, water management techniques are under intense scrutiny. For nurseries and growers across this continent, the issues are acute. In the U.K., hosepipe bans are imminent for the consumer and how to save water is a major challenge for the…

UK: Future of cut flower research centre secured

Funding for The Cut Flower Centre has been confirmed for a further five years, with a broadened remit to research crop protection. The Centre will build on its past record of bringing new commercially successful cut flowers to the UK market and will also now help to address key industry research needs.…

CAN (ON): Poinsettia prep refresher

Now that poinsettias are safely tucked into their prop trays and the threat of Erwinia (Pectobacterium) is almost over, it’s time to think about other Poinsettia issues. Root rots, nutritional issues, environmental stress and PGR mistakes can all be costly in this high-value crop. Read on for common…

How growers can take advantage of CO2 enrichment

Every grower knows that plants need CO2, but less commonly known is that when CO2 levels drop below 250 to 300 ppm (parts per million), plants stop growing altogether. Although plants can survive without added CO2, they probably won’t thrive. After boosting CO2 levels, many growers have noticed that not…

Customised light spectrum for tulips developed

Together with one of the largest Dutch tulip growers, BLV has developed a tailor-made lighting solution to increase the quality of sprouted tulips. Tulips are still one of the most popular cut flowers in Europe: In 2018, the tulip production in the Netherlands exceeded the two billion mark for the first…

CAN (ON): When PMRA comes to visit

The Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) has very recently compiled a video on what a grower can expect when a PMRA inspection official comes to visit your farm. OPEP offers a number of courses and training opportunities for farmers to become certified to use Class 2 or 3 pesticides on their farms.…


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