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US (GA): UGA Plants of Distinction kicks off with top 10

The University of Georgia Trial Gardens' "Plants of Distinction" kicked off June 20 with a Top 10 list of best-performing plants."We are happy to post our first Plants of Distinction for the summer," says UGA. "Weather this year has been interesting, but we have settled into our proper summer temps for.....

The comeback of Meilland Roses

Meilland Roses is one of the major rose breeders worldwide. Going back to the mid-nineteenth century, it’s also one of the oldest, boasting many famous varieties over the years. Those familiar in the business remember the Baccara, a long-time success and more recently the Samourai, a red variety holding.....

Video: Discover where flowers begin

This week on the Flowers of Colombia, uBloom explores where the flowers begin with a visit to Ball SB.They visited with Joaquin De La Torre and Lourdes Reyes. Lourdes shares a new Color Varietal of Stock- “Vintage Rose” and shows us the difference between “Spray Stock” and regular Stock.Colombia is.....

June 27-30, Da Lat City

Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm shows off 'sustainable quality'

The 4th edition of the Dalat Hasfarm Flower Trials will be held from June 27th to 30th under the theme of “Sustainable Quality”.Dalat Hasfarm will open once again its greenhouses to over 40 export customers and more than 150 domestic buyers. Both current commercial assortment and latest trials that are.....

It’s a gold medal...

Paul Beales, Head of Plant Health Technical Extension Team, talks about the long and winding road to winning a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show."Looking back through an old note-book, I discovered an entry for a meeting dated 27 June 2017 entitled 'RHS Chelsea planning 2018'."Of the many.....

UK: Rose breeder David Austin's garden secrets

Look at a rose bred by David Austin and you may assume it has been wreathing cottage doorways and filling vases since time immemorial. And yet Austin’s blooms, known as English roses, burst on to the scene only in the 1960s. Over many decades, he learned to cross the beauty and fragrance of the genuinely old.....

Osteospermum Purple Sun wins FleuroStar Award

The FleuroStar Award 2018/19 goes to Osteospermum ecklonis Purple Sun from Selecta One. Breeder Maike Boxriker accepted the prize from FleuroStar Committee Chairman Heike Gronemann and Fleuroselect President ad interim Jean-François Ignasse.Osteospermum Purple Sun from Selecta One was competing against.....

Danziger brings physical experience to Flower Trials

Danizger is bringing the visitor experience to the next level at the 2018 Flower Trials event. The company is incorporating a “Phygital Experience” into their display by creating a web-app. With this digital version of the display, visitors can enjoy extensive information with the tap of a finger, while at.....

FlowerTrials attract visitors from all over the world

The weather might not be as sunny as it was last year, but the atmosphere isn't less positive though. Today, the FlowerTrials is in its third day and the breeding companies that are participating in this continuously expanding event are pleased with the visitors so far. Growers, traders and suppliers from.....

Kenya: Oserian Two Lakes Flower Park signs new France flower breeder

Naivasha based flower company Oserian Development Company Ltd has signed French flower breeder George Delbard to set up a show house at its new Flower Park, as part of the company’s diversification plan into an industrial park and real estate. This has seen the company establish an investment arm named.....

Netherlands: Center of floriculture this week

The FlowerTrials 2018 kicked off today and it is again larger than last year. Italian Gruppo Padana, Danish Roses Forever and Danish Queen Genetics are the newcomers and they bring the number of participants to 60. Dalina Genetics has been taken over and does not participate as a separate entity anymore.....

Jean-Yves Coulbault, Sicamus:

It's (almost) all in the name

"We invest a lot of time in finding the right names for our new hydrangea varieties and all the work is finally bearing fruit", says Commercial Director Jean-Yves Coulbault of Sicamus. With their recently introduced 'Deko Pots', they notice that the name is an important marketing tool - particularly for.....

Rosanna Freyre, University of Florida:

Universities breed new varieties and careers

It all started with potatoes. Rosanna Freyre came to the U.S. in 1990 from Peru. She did her PhD on potato molecular genetics at Michigan State University, having obtained her master's degree on germplasm enhancement of sweet potato at the International Potato Center in Lima. She went on to do a postdoc on.....

Preview FlowerTrials #4

Next week the FlowerTrials will take off. At this event, no less than 60 breeding companies will present their newest varieties in pot- and bedding plants, as well as the latest innovations and concepts. At 32 locations, spread across three regions (Aalsmeer and the Westland region in the.....

NL: Rise in number of solar panels per installation

"We noticed that there is a growing demand for solar panels, especially for larger installations of 200 to 1000+ panels. Growers are becoming increasingly aware that they can’t afford to stay behind and need to be more forward thinking," according to the Voshol Warmte en Elektrotechniek team. "It is becoming.....

Take a peek inside a Dutch rose breeding facility

Last week OZ Export were invited to come and check out all the novelties by Dümmen Orange. This breeder is known for its roses, and each year they release new varieties.OZ Export purchasing specialist Richard checking out the new varietiesDümmen Orange organized an important show with all the roses within.....

Syngenta Flowers to acquire dahlia assortment from Verwer Dahlia

Syngenta Flowers has reached an agreement with Verwer Dahlia to acquire its dahlia assortment and breeding program. Both companies expect to finalize the acquisition in the coming weeks. Terms have not been disclosed.Brandon Willis of Syngenta at the California Spring Trials 2018.Verwer Dahlia was.....

Chuck Pavlich on Terra Nova's new series

Penstemon breeder ramps up production after positive feedback

The rack height at shipping time is one of the key features of the new Penstemon DAKOTA series of plant breeder Terra Nova Nurseries. It is said to be the shortest Penstemon digitalis group on the market and with its glossy foliage, large flowers and fool proof characteristics the demand already exceeded.....

Australian project looks for unusual or forgotten plant species

While plant selection is often influenced by multiple factors, ‘bullet proof’ plants are often used because they have performed consistently in the past. But past performance is no indicator of future performance. Water availability, extreme temperatures and disease all pose threats of failure, especially.....

US (CA): The history of the Stargazer lily

Mother’s Day is the ultimate day to celebrate with Oriental lilies. Sun Valley is known as the birthplace of the legendary Stargazer Lily in 1974, by Dr. Leslie Woodriff. This lily holds a prominent place in floricultural history.The pre-runner to Stargazer and most other lilies currently identified as.....

Atmosphere at event unaffected

CAST: Spring storms in Northeast and Midwest talk of town

While the California Spring Trials visitors are enjoying the colourful displays under the Californian sun, spring hasn't sprung in a large part of the country.So far, spring 2018 hasn't been typical. The Northeast and Midwest - and even some parts in the Northwest and South - are dealing with cold.....

Astra bonita, double and potted sunflowers

Looking for that special flower

Muller Seeds continually analyzes the market: what do consumers want today, but especially what will they be interested in tomorrow? We spoke to director Wim Zandwijk about trends and popular new varieties.AsterA flower that is currently gaining in popularity is the aster. Muller sells a wide range of aster.....

Australia: Golden Beauty wins people's choice award

A large gold flowered, floribunda rose from Germany has been crowned the 2018 winner of the Australian National Rose Trial Garden People’s Choice Weekend.More than 830 people cast their votes from a selection of 23 roses over the weekend (7- 8 April), but it was the gold flower with mid green glossy foliage.....

research partnership with universities

Dümmen Orange wants orange petunia

Not all flowers are available in orange. How come? A consortium with researchers from Dümmen Orange, Wageningen University and the University of Helsinki joined forces to find out why.Flower colour is a major selection criterion for variety creation in the ornamental breeding industry. The number of methods.....

Touch Me+ celebrates 5 years of working together

Growers association Touch Me+ has proven that cooperation leads to success in both sales and sustainable relationships. Transparency and trust has been the foundation of the collaboration between the growers of Primula obconica Touch Me and Pricanto since 2012 when they started. This has helped them to be.....

Pretty in pink:

SK Roses presents Honey Avalanche+

New in the luxury rose segment: Honey Avalanche+®, a large pink high quality rose with an elegant appeal and gorgeous petals that offer a surprise. "Honey Avalanche+® has fresh green accents in the outer side of its big bud. It opens with amazing petals that show a deeper pink on the underside and a paler.....

CAST Trends: Fragrance, pollinator friendlyness, bi-color, mixes

The California Spring Trials (CAST) are well underway. During this event, that took off last Saturday April 14 and will last until Thursday April 19, breeders, growers and suppliers are showcasing their new and existing products at various locations throughout California. Fragrant varieties, pollinator.....

May 2-4, Venhuizen

Benary hosts Pack Trials in the Netherlands

Benary opens its doors in week 18 in Venhuizen, NL, to give growers a look inside what’s new for this year and what will be potential novelties in the future.Benary is featuring an extensive technical presentation which allows visitors to see their new and established varieties in comparison to the most.....

US (FL): New lantana plants protect native flora and enhance landscapes

Home and property owners often enhance their landscapes with the beautiful lantana, but some of the plant’s varieties may escape yards, spread to areas where they shouldn’t go and cross-pollinate Florida’s native lantana.That’s why, in 2004, the head of the Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers Association asked.....

Dutch Flower Group best Dutch family company of 2018

Dutch Flower Group was recently honored with the 2018 Family Business Award. CEO Marco van Zijverden was given the award by Jan Kees de Jager, former Dutch Secretary of State and Minister of Finance. The winner was picked from a select group of five nominated companies.The companies were selected from.....

Netherlands: Dekker Chrysanten fourth partner GenNovation

The collaboration GenNovation welcomed a fourth member on 11 April 2018, Dekker Chrysanten from Hensbroek (NL). The initiating companies Anthura, Florensis and Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan are very pleased with this entry.Henk Jacobs, Director of Dekker Chrysanten, is convinced that the GenNovation.....

Benary celebrates 175 years of breeding

Could you imagine riding your bike through Europe collecting seeds? This is how it all began anew with Benary after World War II.After the family had lost all of their company and personal belongings Friedrich Benary decided to start from scratch in the western zone of divided Germany in 1946.Friedrich.....

Aviram Krell, Plantec Ecuador:

"What a premium red can mean year long"

Despite general low prices for red roses in Europe and the USA (which is normal for the time period between Valentines and Mother Day), the market still seems to be responding to special varieties. "These varieties that have not saturated the market's demand, and are iconic due to their form, quality, and.....

China: Hibiscus growers burned by coal ban

The beginning of the year, China has banned the use of coal in several industries. As a result, many hibiscus growers, as well as growers of several other crops, are not allowed to use coal anymore to heat the greenhouse. And as long as there is 'no' solution - there are solutions, but the alternatives are.....

Selecta One has new Dianthus and Early Spring Crops catalogues

Selecta One has revealed its catalogues of Dianthus and Early Spring Crops for the new season.In 2017 the company took a new approach concerning its sales strategy with a special pot carnation by addressing end consumers with a nationwide campaign for the first time. They continue the communications strategy.....

Part 4:

Sneak peek California Spring Trials 2018

What to expect at the California Spring Trials 2018? In the coming weeks FloralDaily.com will highlight one product from each participating company in a series of five articles. In this edition, we show the top products from 8 companies; Beekenkamp, Sakata Ornamentals, Elsner-PAC, Westhoff, Jaldety,.....

Rosen Tantau taps into 'special variety trend' with Green Island Roses

Florists, designers and consumers are nowadays looking for special and unique varieties. Several breeders have seen this trend developing and have been investing years in creating new varieties. Also German rose breeder Rosen Tantau. After several years of breeding and three years of trialing, they could.....

Harm Custers, Takii Europe

How sunflowers led to meeting the Dutch king

I had the honor to meet with his Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of The Netherlands. We shook hands and had a brief conversation. It was an unforgettable experience. How did this happen? And why is it so special?by Harm Custers, Manager Marketing & Sales Flowers at Takii EuropeTakii is proud partner of.....

Roses Forever makes debut at FlowerTrials 2018

Looking for a new rose crop to grow?

"Finally, we can show all our series and novelties", says Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever. This year, this Danish rose breeder will make their debut at the FlowerTrials, that will take place from June 12-15. At this four-day event, 60 breeders at 32 locations in Westland (NL), Aalsmeer (NL) and Rheinland.....

NL: Princess Margriet to attend Holland Bulb Market’s 150-year anniversary

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will attend the 150th anniversary celebration of the Holland Bulb Market in Heiloo on Friday, April 20.The Dutch flower bulb company focuses on breeding new varieties of tulip, iris and amaryllis, and the cultivation and export of flower bulbs, cut flowers and plants......

Harkness New Roses represents Interplant Roses in Great Britain

From now on, the English rose specialist Harkness New Roses will offer the complete product line of breeder Interplant Roses to their clients. By means of this representation in the United Kingdom, Interplant gives substance to their international growth strategy of being a leading and innovative breeder of.....

Part 3:

Sneak peek California Spring Trials 2018

Just a couple of weeks left till the participants of the California Spring Trials 2018 open their doors. At this week-long event held at various locations throughout California from April 14-19, breeders, growers and suppliers will showcase their newest varieties and products. In a series of five.....

NL: GenNovation appoints Bart Brugmans as R&D-program manager

GenNovation has appointed Bart Brugmans as R&D-program manager. With the arrival of Bart the next step has been taken to realize the objectives of GenNovation.GenNovation is a newly established collaboration between Anthura, Florensis and Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan, three leading companies in.....

Secretary Perdue issues USDA statement on plant breeding innovation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing.Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not.....

June 12-15

EU: FlowerTrials gathers 60 breeders

From 12 to 15 June, no less than 60 breeding companies in the Westland (NL), Aalsmeer (NL) and Rheinland Westfalen (DE) areas will open their doors to show their latest assortment in pot and bedding plants to growers, exporters and buyers from across the world.New Danish and Italian membersThree new.....

Japan launches online application system for new variety registration

The MAFF Electric Application System for Plant Variety Protection (EASPVP), based on The Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act, was launched in Japan on 26 March 2018.The PVP system is a national registration system of new plant variety for protecting breeders’ right as one of the intellectual property.....

Royal Van Zanten at the Keukenhof

Keukenhof is a worldwide concept and for many an annual event. Royal Van Zanten has been involved from the very beginning as a supplier of flower bulbs at Keukenhof. In the initial phase only tulip bulbs were delivered, but Keukenhof’s growth was in line with the growth of the assortment to be delivered......

Puerto Rico: Vista Farms comes back strong after devastating hurricane

In September 2017, a substantial part of the Puerto Rican nursery Vista Farms was damaged by hurricane Maria. How is this farm that cultivates a variety of Bougainvillea, Hibiscus,and Ixora young plants doing now, about half a year later? We spoke to Jerome O'Neill, the owner of the company. Jerome O'Neill.....

US: Harris Seeds expands organic vegetable & flower seed line

Harris Seeds carries over 90 new varieties of certified organic vegetable seed and cut flower seed varieties in addition to their existing product offering. Other new offerings include cover crops, organic seed garlic, and OMRI/organic approved supplies.Growers can find these organic products in the.....

KeyGene fortifies NGS patent licencing program

KeyGene has further extended its global Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) patent estate. On February 20, 2018, the USPTO granted U.S. Patent Nos. 9,896,721; US 9,898,576; and US 9,898,577, entitled “Strategies for high throughput identification and detection of polymorphisms.”KeyGene’s NGS worldwide patent.....

Part 2:

Sneak peek California Spring Trials 2018

In less than a month, the California Spring Trials 2018 will be held. At this week-long event held at various locations throughout California from April 14-19, breeders, growers and suppliers will showcase their newest varieties and products. In the coming weeks FloralDaily.com will highlight one.....

March 28 and 29 in Maasdijk, the Netherlands:

Spring fever during Beekenkamp's technical Spring Trials

During the annual Spring Trials (28 and 29 March 13:00 - 16:30) Beekenkamp opens its doors to show a colorful assortment. The goal of the Spring Trials is to enter into dialogue with growers and the retail sector. By discussing the wishes and requirements, they strive for the best end result for the entire.....

Next step Porta Nova IV: installation screens

The new construction of Dutch rose nursery Porta Nova is progressing. Last week El Flaco Scherminstallaties started installing the screens.Van der Valk systems supplies the materials for the screen installations. Peter van der Valk, El Flaco: "It is good material to work with."Peter: "We are installing a.....

CAST | mobile

California Spring Trials: App to browse 2019 introductions at the Ball stop

Visitors to the Ball Horticultural Company stop during California Spring Trials will tour through immersive displays for hundreds of new products from all facets of the greenhouse industry. CAST18 in Santa Paula (April 14-17) is the premier event for innovative plants, breakthrough varieties and.....

Danziger event highlights designer creativity and flower series flexibility

"Scoop Scabiosa offers more texture, more color, more inspiration"

The global cut flower industry is demanding rich textures, multi-petals, extra layers, intense colors and ‘full appearance’ flowers. Danziger sees the increasing demand for cushion mums as a solution. To answer this need, the company introduced the Scoop Scabiosa. This innovative and different cut flower.....

Part 1:

Sneak peek California Spring Trials 2018

What to expect at the California Spring Trials 2018? At this week-long event held at various locations throughout California from April 14-19, breeders, growers and suppliers will showcase their newest varieties and products. In the coming weeks FloralDaily.com will highlight one product from each.....

Schroll is developing the hydrangea production in Portugal

Danish hydrangea breeder and grower Schroll Flowers used to produce its hydrangea half-finished plants in Portugal and ship them to Denmark where they would finish them or sell them directly to other partner growers. From this year on, however, Schroll Flowers will also finish a part of their.....

Selecta's Barbatus Kiwi collection now available

After a trial-period of 2 years, the cuttings of the new Selecta Cut Flowers Barbatus Kiwi collection are available this year.Codes selection.So far, the following varieties are available; Kiwi Mellow (intense green), Kiwi Boom (green, very big flower size) and Kiwi Cherry (ball with red blush). These.....

Aviram Krell, Plantec Ecuador:

Avoid getting pinched on St Patrick's Day with green rose Limonada

This March 17th, people will get together and celebrate St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. On the special day, the topmost thing on every celebrant's mind is the color green, from clothes, to drinks, to flowers. Just as Shamrocks are a symbol of Ireland, more and more rose growers are adding their own.....

US (DE): Delaware Valley University, Burpee partner on research program

A new partnership with W. Atlee Burpee Company will provide Delaware Valley University students with the opportunity to learn about plant breeding and genetics. The company is collaborating with DelVal on a series of field trials that will include four paid internships for the University’s horticulture.....

US: University of Georgia researchers develop new method to improve crops

Technique using plant's own DNA could produce crops that are more resistant to drought and diseaseA team of University of Georgia researchers has developed a new way to breed plants with better traits. By introducing a human protein into the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, researchers found that.....

Producing transgenic virus B resistant chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a vegetative propagated culture in which viral transmission with planting material is important for its production. Chrysanthemum virus B (CVB) belongs to the viruses that strike this plant culture. Chrysanthemum virus B is found everywhere where chrysanthemum is cultivated. Damage to plants.....

How PanAmerican Seed's new dahlia, osteo products are licensed

Earlier this week, it was announced that PanAmerican Seed, a division of Ball Horticultural Company, purchased two product lines from Dalina Genetics, a plant breeding company in Denmark. The purchase includes a range of well-known Dahlias as well as two popular series of Osteospermum. In this release more.....

Callafornia Gold: new calla lily of Dümmen Orange

“Bright yellow callas, even in low light”

"The market for yellow calla lilies has been growing and will continue to grow. Bright colors on a compact plant are popular and particularly for Spring and Easter, yellow is in high demand. However, cultivating a calla with a bright golden yellow color during that time of the year is challenging as they.....

Taiwanese phalaenopsis wins top award at international show

Phalaenopsis orchids from a Taiwanese-run orchid breeder in southern Taiwan have been awarded top honors at this year's international orchid show, which opened in Tainan on Friday.Char Ming Agriculture Co.'s white moth orchid hybrid, dubbed "Lee1287," managed to beat out nearly 1,400 entrants at this year's.....
March 15-16, Debre Zeit:

Ethiopia: United Selections hosts open day and social event

United Selections is organizing this year’s open day event in Debre Zeit. You can pay them a visit at their showhouse in Joytech, where they will be presenting their newest selections.Thursday evening they are organizing a social occasion in Addis Ababa. A personal invitation will be sent separately.Event.....
Crop Protection Association:

"Brexit could have serious effect on crop protection approvals"

Following a meeting with Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Crop Protection Association was invited to clarify their views around Brexit in a letter.In the letter, the CPA writes: "Our view is that, at present, whilst the current EU environmental regime could.....

Dutch-Indonesian cooperation in plant preservation

On the 23rd of February, PT East West Seed Indonesia (Ewindo) together with the Dutch Embassy signed a cooperation agreement with the Bogor Botanical Garden. The Director of Center for Conservation of LIPI Botanical Garden Dr. Didik Widyatmoko, Head of Public Diplomacy & Cultural Affairs of Dutch Embassy.....

Royal van Zanten becomes newest FSI member

Royal van Zanten is the latest company to join the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative. "As a Dutch breeder with international presence on all continents, we take our social and environmental responsibility very seriously", the company writes in a news release. "As a new FSI member, we are committed to.....

Cyclamen ‘Masako’ wins Top Product Showcase at MyPlant & Garden

Cyclamen Masako, distributed by Schoneveld Breeding and grown by the Italian company Floricoltura Chiara, has won the Top Product Showcase at MyPlant & Garden 2018 in Milan. Masako has been crowned the winner because of the number of flowers, a very long shelf life and the unique shape of flowers compared.....

Virtual reality plant breeding game wins $150,000 grant

A virtual reality plant breeding game has won Developing Beyond, a computer games development competition that aims to bring science to new audiences.Judges led by Susan Calman chose 'Seed' by All Seeing Eye as the overall winner of the $500,000, year-long competition created by Epic Games and Wellcome."This.....

Fleuroselect announces marigold trials across Europe

Following on from the '2017, Year of the Zinnia and Bean' marketing campaign, Fleuroselect presents this year's initiative '2018, Year of the Marigold and Pepper'.The '2017, Year of Zinnia & Bean' campaign saw a highly successful Zinnia trial in the U.K. and in France. At RHS Wisley, 146 varieties were.....

Belgian breeder visits Brazilian mother plant grower

Last week, Belgian colleagues from Gediflora visited Athena in Brazil. The Belgian team did a general quality check. They observed whether the mother plants have been planted on schedule for the production of the cuttings of 2018. They also checked whether there are too few/sufficient/many mother plants. In.....

“Grow Up! It’s so easy!”

Benary introduces new retail concept for BIG Begonia x benariensis

BIG Begonia is a landscape begonia that can be found at the White House in Washington, New York and Chicago, at the Kremlin in Moscow, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing and from this year on also in Sydney, Australia near the famous opera house. Landscapers consider them to be easy to grow, almost maintenance.....

Fleuroselect announces six Gold Medals for 2019

Fleuroselect presents the 2019 Gold Medal winners. Each one of these breeding breakthroughs obtained an outstanding score on innovation, beauty and garden performance, convincing the judges and Entries & Evaluation Committee to award the coveted Gold Medal.Begonia semperflorens F1 Fiona RedBreeder:.....

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Ranunculus breeder triples production for European expansion

When you think of ranunculus, you probably think of a plant with green foliage and yellow single flowers. But now, more appearances are on the market. A German breeder invested years in breeding new varieties of this species with new colors of foliage and flowers. Next to the expansion of colors, it also.....

NL: Vitro Plus innovates in cultivation system for ferns

Vitro Plus has developed a whole new cultivation system for ferns, where plants are cultivated into semi hardened off seedlings in a fully monitored efficient way.This new system has been derived from Vitro Plus 30 year old tissue culture system, which needed new modified growing conditions. A separate.....