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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.....

Vapor pressure deficit in the greenhouse

What is VPD? The leaf to air humidity gradient controls crop growth just as much as light and temperature. We grow most of our ornamental plants in greenhouses so that our plants are protected from extreme cold, wind and unwanted moisture in the form of rain, snow, or fog. With modern greenhouse temperature.....

Finding the best LED light recipe for your crop

The team of LED’S Research! is having tomatoes with their lunches. They started the harvest of the veggies from their lab in the World Horti Center. The tomato plants growing there were grown completely under controllable LED-light instalment. “It’s all about learning here”, Hans de Vries and Wessel van.....

Discovery of compounds that keep plants fresh

A group of plant biologists and a chemist at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University and Tohoku University, have used chemical screening to discover new compounds that can control stomatal movements in plants, according to a study reported in the journal Plant &.....

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.....

Greencare steps at the Dümmen Orange farm in Ethiopia

"Implementing our GreenGuard protocol helps us to produce our cuttings using as few chemicals as possible. In addition, Greencare is our hygiene and control programme that helps us supply clean material and substantially reduces the risk of infection. These two programmes complement each other. We are proud.....

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.....

Europe: New light recipe improves quality of roses under LED

Philips Lighting unveiled its new Philips GreenPower LED toplighting with a light spectrum optimized for cut rose cultivation at an event of the Philips Rose Expertise Group. The new GreenPower LED toplighting with cut rose spectrum allows growers to increase light levels year-round without increasing heat......

Vietnam: City district eyes urban farming

The outlying district of Hóc Môn in HCM City plans to focus on urban farming as part of the national “new-style rural area” programme in which it takes part.Lê Thanh Liêm, deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that urban farming could increase the income of local residents, which is an.....

Mineral nutrition of phalaenopsis, with focus on nitrogen

If you missed Cornell University's recent Horticulture Section seminar, Mineral Nutrition of Phalaenopsis, with focus on nitrogen with Alex Chang, National Taiwan University, it is available online. You can watch the video below.Source: Cornell University

China wants to put flowers on the moon

China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe is expected to do many things unprecedented in space history after its launch later this year, such as touching down softly on the far side of the Moon and taking the first flowers to blossom on the lifeless lunar surface.The probe will carry a tin containing seeds of potato and.....

Australia: Production nursery workshops are on the way

Growers are encouraged to save the date for two upcoming production nursery pest and disease management workshops scheduled for the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia (SA) this June.The workshops are scheduled for the below dates and locations:Wednesday, 13 June, Berrimah farm, Darwin, NTFriday, 15.....

"Exotic flower cultivation could blossom in Bangladesh"

Bangladesh currently spends a lot of money importing in-demand flowers that do not grow in the wild naturally, such as Dianthus, Aster, and Matthiola.But now Metal Agro Limited has come forward with a plan to encourage local farmers to grow such exotic flowers alongside native types.“Bangladesh is a very.....

Marc Noordam, Novastar lilies:

NL: "We benefit from high quality groundwater"

Novastar lilies grows pink and white oriental lilies in the ground all year long at two branches in ’s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, and various rental gardens. The branch on the Woutersweg (41,000m2) is joining the project 'participative measuring' of the district watering board of Delfland. This is a pilot.....