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US (OR): Triple-digit gains for tree liner grower

The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium helped one of its cohorts realize a 182 percent productivity gain at its first rapid improvement activity for 2017. The event was held in February at JLPN Inc., a deciduous ornamental tree liner grower in Salem, Oregon.Three teams focused on a grading process, targeting the.....

Israel: Peony season starts soon at Ram farm

Ram peony farm is a family farm growing Peony for over 25 years with an excellent reputation for quality and service. This year the farm will open its Natural Peony season April 1st and will be selling its flowers at the auctions under the "Harmonie" brand.Peonies are grown in equilibrium with the.....

Peet Zwink:

"Cymbidiums are a time consuming investment"

He is an institution in America and not just for his well-known packing boxes. Preferred Supplier Peet Zwink is a true expert when it comes to Cymbidiums and develops his own new varieties. “Wait until ‘Kiss me, Kate’ is available on the market,” he winks, “you’ll love her.”Peter Zwinkels, which is his full.....

Creekside Greenhouses to open in May

A popular greenhouse business west of Willmar will reopen this year with a new name and new owner.The new name is Creekside Greenhouses and the new owner is Lisa Grindberg.The 31-year-old North Dakota native, who has a degree in horticulture and 12 years of experience in the greenhouse business in Fargo,.....

Wyevale Nurseries relaunches Graduate Management Trainee Programme

One of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has this month (March, 2017) announced that it will be re-opening its Management Trainee Programme. Wyevale Nurseries’ two year, in-house programme covers all areas of the business and the company is calling for graduates to apply for the position. Andy Johnson,.....

NL: Paeonia tenuifolia plena starts to grow

Spring has officially started at Rijnbeek & Son with new growth evident on their Paeonia tenuifolia plena plant. This is a very unique plant with fine feathered leaves and an early flowering Paeonia which has double red flowers.Nursery staff have started planting the bareroots and pots that are being.....

Naeldebakken enters the world of ornamental edibles

Danish ornamental grower Naeldebakken recently entered a totally new world: the cultivation of ornamental edible vegetables. In 2016 they introduced the indoor tomato plant of Dalina Genetics and recently added the seedless pepper. "We did not find any sweet seedless pepper on the market yet and at the same.....

Niagara-on-the-Lake:

CAN (ON): Marijuana crop in former Mori Nurseries greenhouse

Police have arrested two people for growing marijuana in a greenhouse on Larkin Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Niagara Regional Police say they have been investigating the property for several months, and learned from Health Canada that there were medical marijuana licences issued for that address, but believed.....

Scottish Horticultural Medal awarded to Stan Green

The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s (RCHS) Scottish Horticultural Medal has been awarded to Past President of the Horticultural Trades Association, Stan Green, for services to Scottish Horticulture.Stan said “I am deeply honoured to receive this medal. I love this industry and the people in it but.....

March 30, Carpinteria

US (CA): F2V dinner comes to orchid greenhouse

You can join the Field to Vase dinner tour for an unforgettable spring evening at Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California, on Thursday, March 30. Just a few miles south of Santa Barbara, Gallup & Stribling Orchids holds a special distinction as one of a handful of orchid farms in the.....

CAN (NS): Pictou County greenhouse in full preseason swing

There are few people in Pictou County who can boast about starting their gardening as early as Bob Parker.The owner of West River Greenhouses put his first seeds in the ground Jan. 27.Since then, he and his employees have been carefully planting more seeds, caring for cuttings flown in from warmer countries.....

UK: Student wins SWGS Sponsored Scholarship

Student, George Laws, has won a David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Sponsored Scholarship.George, who is studying Horticulture BSc at Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex, received the £1,500 South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship.George is interested in production horticulture, particularly regarding.....

Ecuador: At Royal Flowers, they grow their own bouquets

In order to avoid a price battle with the Colombian growers, Ecuadorian Flower grower Royal Flowers decided to offer pre-made bouquets to the North American market three years ago. On top of that, they started to experiment with growing their own summer flowers on their lower altitude farm 1.5 years ago and.....

Bangladesh: Widowed school teacher turns to floriculture

Schoolteacher Khandakar Parvin Sultana of Tangail Sadar spends much of the daytime looking after her flower gardens as she became a floriculturist, cherishing the memory of her husband who left the world eight years ago.Every day after getting up from bed early in the morning, she takes care of her flower.....

Q-genetics to market potted rose genetics globally

Graff Breeding, Elvira Rose join forces in new company

What a good start of the new year for the more than 85 years old Danish hibiscus and poinsettia breeder and propagator Graff Kristensen and Graff Breeding. Next to winning the gold award in the Young Plants category at the AIPH Grower of the Year ceremony, one of their varieties have been awarded as.....

Philippines: Flowers plus internet equals e-commerce success

Seeing the potential of internet long before Pinoy entrepreneurs harnessed the power of e-commerce, Philippine Cut Flower Corp. (PCFC) developed a website, based on an MBA thesis, that eventually grew into one of the first online success stories in the country.The idea behind the “Island Rose” brand in 1999.....

Sun Valley winds down after Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is over! For many it has been one of the busiest days of the years and so it has been for Sun Valley Floral Farms. In their blog, published yesterday, they show the happy and relieved faces of their workers. Team Leader Ila relaxing among the tulipsDuring a walk around the Sun Valley scene.....

The colorful chrysanthemum is back

Chrysanthemums have outgrown their ‘funeral flower’ status a long time ago. Their colourful petals in different shapes and sizes make an elegant yet powerful statement. Add in their long vase-life and you understand why florists and floral designers go wild over them.Exclusivity“The beauty of this company is.....

Meet the Dutch 'lilac specialist'

Klaas Joren was established in 1890 and from its origin they were growing plants and lilacs. Because of the competition in the plants business they started focussing on Lilacs only.At the moment they have 16 varieties of this special cut flower and from every variety they have between the 20 – 5000 shrubs......

Florein Gerbera on Lionz Light fixtures

'Custom-made growth lights improve flowering season'

A year ago, Dutch gerbera grower Reinier Zuidgeest of Florein Gerberas installed the then completely renewed grow lights of Lionz Light. Looking back at the past season he has no regrets. "The light fixtures were specially designed for me and were about the same price as the regular fixtures of the.....

Australian flower industry excited about weekday Valentine’s Day

The Australian cut flower and foliage industry is looking forward to a bumper Valentine’s Day this year as it falls on a weekday for the first time since 2014. For the last two years Valentine’s Day has fallen on a weekend day, causing a substantial reduction in sales across the industry. Grower Sonia Currey.....

Dutch rose growing brothers just in time for Valentine's Day

Dutch rose growers brothers Gerry and Herman Sol are just in time for Valentine's Day. In 2015, they just planted new roses and when a bacteria broke out, the crop needed to be destroyed. It seemed that they were nearing the end of their company, but they recovered. In an article on NHniews.nl, Herman says:.....

India: Gerberas bring joy to Magura horticulturists

Offering a bold burst of colour in elementary design, the gerbera flower from the daisy family is a lesson in the genius of simplicity. It's little wonder that gerberas have come to symbolise innocence, purity and cheerfulness. In Magura the world's fifth most popular flower according to sales is bringing.....

Ellen Akerboom, Nachtvlinder:

Bright future for Helleborus orientalis

"It is pleasing to see that our hard work is finally paying off", says Dutch helleborus breeder Ellen Akerboom of Nachtvlinder. For almost 20 years, she has been breeding different helleborus varieties and is specialized in the breeding of helleborus orientalis. According to Akerboom, this orientalis has.....

US (NC): Bill Hall leads Hoffman nursery growing team

Bill Hall has joined Hoffman Nursery as head grower. Hall brings more than 30 years’ experience in the horticultural industry to the nursery, having worked for Carolina Nurseries, Inc., AG 3, Inc., and ArborGen, Inc. His expertise includes plant production and scheduling, propagation, tissue culture, and.....

Air conditioning makes roses grow

Porta Nova’s aim to supply steady quality year round has led to the investment of a new system several years back: the Climator. This system functions as air-conditioning during Summer and heater in Winter. It is this air-conditioning feature in the Summer, that allows Porta Nova to keep its greenhouse cool.....

Poland: Take a look behind the scenes at JMP Flowers

VIDEO Roses, anthuriums and orchids. They are all being cultivated in the modern 15 ha greenhouse of JMP Flowers in Poland. The company was founded in 1977 and flowers have been cultivated by the Ptaszek family for four generations. In this six minute video below, they provide a look behind the scenes and more.....

Selecta adds value with fair trade

Fairtrade is the most well-known certification system for sustained production in the world. 80% of the German consumers are familiar with the fairtrade seal of approval. The market share of fairtrade roses in Germany is already 25%. The consumers’ demand for sustainably produced products is growing steadily.....

Klusmann Blumenbetrieb to double Cocktail Orchids production

"Consumer eager to pay more for orchid combinations"

Mixes, mixes and more mixes. It is a trend among garden and bedding plants, but we now also see it among house plants. And also in this industry, it seems to be a profitable 'product'. German Orchid grower Jan Klusmann of Klusmann Blumenbetrieb GmbH, for example, introduced its so-called Cocktail Orchid four.....

US (PA): Fire destroys East End Greenhouse furnace building

One of the structures at East End Greenhouse was destroyed by fire Monday morning. Eight fire companies responded around 8:15 a.m.By 3 p.m., new lumber was already going up to replace the 32×75-foot building in the same spot as before.The property includes the home of Katie Stoltzfus and her business, East.....

Mayesh visits Dutch orchid supplier

For anyone who's ever wondered where Mayesh' phalaenopsis orchids are grown, they shot a video that shows exactly that.David of Mayesh is hanging out at one of their orchid vendors, Walter Grootscholten, showing off their orchids from the Mayesh Luxe Blooms product line.They also posted an Instagram video.....

ASHS career award for LSU AgCenter specialist

Allen Owings, a commercial ornamental horticulture specialist with the LSU AgCenter, received the Henry Covington Extension Award for Horticulture Professionals from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science.Owings was presented with the award at the society’s southern region.....

US (FL): Emerald Coast Growers opens new seed house

Emerald Coast Growers has added a seed house to increase production efficiency at its Florida operations.“The new facility gives us the efficiency of having everything together,” says Josiah Raymer, General Manager. “This increases our control over inventory, sowing rates, germination percentages and our.....

A look behind the scenes: refrigerated transport of Valentine's roses

VIDEO In a new series of three videos Carrier Transicold shows the importance of cooling in order to deliver fresh flowers on Valentine's Day, which is being celebrated on February 14. As part of the European ‘Cool Valentine’s Day Contest’ - where 14 participants will be surprised with a bouquet of roses on.....

Steef van Ruijven, Arcadia Chrysanthemums:

NL: “The cycle of chrysanthemums is fascinating”

Steef is co-owner of Arcadia Chrysanthemums. Since 2011, the young entrepreneur (30) has led the disbudded chrysanthemum company, taking care of HR and logistics for the Westland region."It wasn't my childhood dream to go into horticulture, but it was in my blood. My father certainly never encouraged me to.....

Arthur Zwinkels, Fikona, about sustainability

"The ficus stands out when it comes to filtering air"

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the past couple of weeks the spotlight has been on several growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This resulted in a series of stories including this (last) one: an interview with Arthur Zwinkels of Fikona. Fikona is a.....

Japanese CEOs say it with orchids

In Japanese business celebrations, there’s one thing you’ll almost always see: orchids.Pots of the exotic flowers, which often sell for about 20,000 yen ($176), will be there in a newly appointed president’s office, at the entrance of a company that just finished its initial public offering, and in the lobby.....

Tomato grower Stefan Fred:

"Significant cost savings with fuel additives for oil boilers"

Heating your greenhouse with fuel oil can become an expensive affair when oil prices are high and winters are harsh. For this reason, Finish greenhouse growers boosted the use of fuel additives to make their heating systems more efficient and cut down their heating costs. According to Ville Valkama of Turun.....

Ireland: Organic grower compares edible flowers with slow food

Bumblebee Flower Farm, based in Castledonovan, Drimoleague, supply their organically grown edibles to the city’s prestigious Greene’s restaurant on MacCurtain St, as well as more recently to fine foods specialists La Rousse.And Mags Riordan and husband Steve Davies feel so passionate about what they do, and.....

Australia: Biosecurity pays off for Pohlmans Nursery

When Pohlmans Nursery first started looking at ways to improve pest, disease and weed management, they never expected the results would include a saving of around $350,000 per year on day to day operations.Having worked their way up to certification under the industry’s on-farm biosecurity program, BioSecure.....

US: Alaska’s peony farmers gather in Fairbanks

In 2015, American Grown CEO Kasey Cronquist had the opportunity to provide the “State of the Industry” keynote address at the annual Alaska Peony Growers Association’s (APGA) Winter Conference in Fairbanks. "It’s a trip I’ll never forget. It was 40 below when I landed at the airport, but the warm reception I.....

Japan: Kunieda Rose opens state-of-the-art greenhouse

Recently a new modern 1.9 ha glasshouse was built by a Dutch/Japanese consortium in Moriyama city, Shiga prefecture, Japan. The official opening ceremony was held by Mr. Kunieda, the owner of the Rose Farm glasshouse.More than 150 high officials and guests attended the opening. Among those present were Mr......

RM Plants

Offering something new all year round

RM Plants is a young nursery in Amstelveen, with a 3 ha area. The nursery has since the beginning in 2011 been through an explosive growth and offers a wide variety of garden and indoor plants. Many plants are originally from around the Mediterranean, such as olive, citrus, callistemon and bougainvillea. But.....

Gladioli increasingly popular among Indian growers

While jasmine or gardenia flowers, among others, are said to help one sleep, the gladiolus is more renowned for its visual beauty. But in Savar's Birulia union, 32-year-old Nur-e-Alam has found in gladioli the secret to a good night's rest: solvency.“I couldn't sleep due to poverty,” says Alam, “but now that.....

New Garden Rose Variety poster of Alexandra Farms

The new Garden Rose Variety poster of the Colombian Alexandra Farms is available. It includes pictures of 30 varieties of Deluxe Garden Roses and 10 David Austin English Garden roses. Each picture is accompanied by a fragrance and vase life guide. Beside each picture they have also included the prizes and.....

Hamish Ker, Oserian

“Roses with an edge”

Oserian invested in geothermal energy in early 2000 with a view to making the business more efficient with increased productivity and reduced operational costs.This article was written by Hamish Ker of OserianThis strategy has served us well but with the ever increasing competition in the world of roses we.....

23 February, 2017:

UK Grower Awards 2017: Double H finalist in four categories

Double H has made the shortlist of the UK Grower Awards 2017 for four categories, including 'Specialist Grower of the Year', 'Best New Variety: Bedding and Pot Plant', 'Best Consumer Marketing Campaign' and 'Best Business Innovation'.The UK Grower Awards is the highlight of the production horticulture.....

Show Your Colours Award for Match & Moss Menthol

On Thursday 26 January 2017, the Mentha requienii Match & Moss Menthol of Van Son & Koot from Kaatsheuvel has been awarded the Show Your Colours Award IPM 2017 during the trade fair IPM 2017 in Essen (Germany).“The Match & Moss Menthol is a beautiful combination of emotion, experience and.....

Kenya: Sacked Karuturi workers ask Senate for help

Some 2,000 sacked workers of Karuturi Flower Farm, now under receivership, have asked the Senate to intervene so the company can pay their dues, which run into millions.David Kilo, the workers' spokesman, said receiver managers of the Naivasha-based company had also threatened to kick them out of company.....