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Israel: Year-round availability for edible flowers

The market for edible flowers is growing. A few years ago, edible flowers were mostly interesting to gastronomy, but by now, they can even be found in supermarkets. Consumers are buying them to decorate their dishes they make at home or for cocktails. “We supply our edible flowers to supermarkets in.....

US: SAF’s 37th Annual Congressional Action Days, Washington

When 119 growers, wholesalers, retailers and suppliers gathered last week in Washington, D.C., for SAF’s 37th Annual Congressional Action Days (CAD), they received some straightforward advice on meeting with lawmakers and legislative aides: Tell your story. It can make a real difference.For Liza Roeser.....

US (TX): Early spring could extend bedding plant season

Early spring conditions may have disrupted bedding plant producer schedules, but milder-than-normal conditions could mean an extended growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail in Tyler, which showcases many species of bedding plants.....

Rebook early-flowering perennials... and upgrade

Greg Soles wrote about the key features of Darwin Perennials’ Iberis Snowsation on his last version of Notes From the Road. There will be good availability late summer to fall 2017. Be sure to get your growers looking at this variety as an upgrade for Snowcone, Snow Cushion, Purity and Snow Surfer Forte."As.....

Florensis takes over Endisch’s Pelargonium genetics

Toscana Breeding BV – the collaborative enterprise of Florensis, P. van der Haak Handelskwekerij and Ball FloraPlant in the area of breeding and propagation of Pelargonium – has further strengthened its position on the market by taking over the Pelargonium genetics of Geranien Endisch GmbH in Hagenbach.....

by Professor Joyce Latimer

PGRs on Perennials: Verbena Canadensis

Homeowners love the spreading, trailing habit of Verbena canadensis. Cultivars like ‘Homestead Purple’ made a long-lasting splash in the garden center marketplace as a great groundcover with their spreading habit and heavy flower power spring through frost in the fall. However, growth management in the.....

Daniel Pass, Double H Nurseries:

UK: 'Domestically grown plants preferred over imported'

"While plants have a long way to go to exceed flowers' turnover, there is a definite feel that the perception is changing", says Daniel Pass of Double H Nurseries, one of UK’s largest British indoor plant growers. According to him, consumers have been seeing the value and longevity benefits of pot plants.....

UK: HTA highlights primulas for spring

Primulas and polyanthus are the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ for March. These cheerful bedding plants offer great value, flowering their hearts out for weeks on end to brighten your outlook on even the dullest of days. New varieties are continually being bred offering.....

Symposium inspires perennial enthusiasts

On the last Saturday in February, the Perennially Inspired symposium brought together home gardeners, master gardeners, perennial enthusiasts, and industry professionals. Held in Towson, Maryland, the event was hosted jointly by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) and the Horticultural Society of Maryland......

What to plant first

This is one of the busiest seasons for shipping and receiving product. If you order with Walters Gardens, more than likely you are receiving some plants from them soon. Here are a few tricks they've learned to help your plants start growing strong.Bare root plants If any roots are still frozen upon arrival,.....

"Demand grows radically in run-up to Women’s Day"

Russia: DIXY convenience store chain to offer flowers and plants

As we approach the International Women’s Day, the Russian DIXY convenience store chain is going to offer fresh tulips. Moreover, since mid-February the chain enriched its assortment with 6 articles of flowering potted plants – orchids, violets, kalanchoe, etc. – supplied by a Moscow Region manufacturer,.....

Danish potted rose grower Michael Larsen of Elvira Rose

Women's Day: "Lower sales due to last minute orders"

"We sold about 20 percent less potted roses to Russia this Women's Day", says Danish Michael Larsen of Elvira Rose, a Danish grower of poinsettias and potted roses. According to him, the Russians did not pre-order that much this year, making Elvira Rose decide to offer more this Valentine's Day. Michael.....

UK Grower Award for Penstemon ‘Pentastic’

Genesis Plant Marketing has secured the award for Best New Variety: Herbaceous Perennials for Penstemon ‘Pentastic’ at the 2017 UK Grower Awards.Having worked with Penstemon for a number of years, Cheshire breeder Fred Yates identified a gap in the market for compact varieties, prompting him to start a.....

Micropropagation of Weigela florida ‘Tango’

Weigela florida (Bunge) A. DC. is a popular flowering shrub adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions. Efficient methods for micropropagation of this species have not been well developed. The present study established a protocol for in vitro shoot culture of W. florida ‘Tango’ after a systematic.....