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Lane DeVries, Sun Valley:

US: "We shouldn't keep focusing only on two holidays"

Women's Day (March 8th) is dedicated to celebrating women and honoring their achievements by expressing our respect, appreciation, and love. Originally founded in New York City in 1909, Women's Day is celebrated around the world; in the U.S., the popularity of this holiday has been rising over the last three.....

Innovative rose cultivation at Meewisse

Aad and Tom Meewisse, father and son run the rose company Meewisse. Aad started rose growing almost 37 years ago, and his son joined him once he graduated from University. Together they made a plan to establish a business that accommodates to the latest developments and techniques, guaranteeing top.....

Gerben van Giessen, Butterfly Orchids:

"30%-40% of all our plants leave the company with Undrcover"

Gerben van Giessen has been growing Phalaenopsis since 2008 under the name Butterfly Orchids. The company is situated in the Dutch town of Andel and on its 34,000 m² facility more than 2 million Phalaenopsis are produced every year for the European sales market. In 2015, Butterfly Orchids introduced the.....

Connectaflor: From US to worldwide distributor

Esmeralda brand available worldwide again

Who is distributing flowers for Esmeralda Farms internationally? Since the closure of the operation in the Netherlands, this has been a question asked frequently. The answer is Connectaflor. About a month ago, Esmeralda's US distributor, Connectaflor has taken on the task of promoting and selling the.....

Lisianthus... better than roses?

It’s summer every day in the greenhouse of Dutch nursery Montana. Thanks to the comfortable temperature this flower requires to develop to its full potential, grower Frank van Holst is always in a great mood. “I know it sounds odd but the pure sight of this flower still gives me butterflies.”Years of.....

US (OH): Greenhouse fire leaves behind eyesore and high-priced fix

A mangled mess of metal, debris and trash is still piled high two months after a fire destroyed three buildings at Hoffman’s Florist and Greenhouse in Prairie Township.“I look at it and I get sick,” neighbor Leslie McCarthy said. “Besides it looking terrible, it’s a safety concern.”Four generations of the.....

Thijs van der Valk, OK Plant:

"We’re already looking into the trends for 2019"

OK Plant is a state-of-the-art orchid farm. Thijs van der Valk (29) is head of sales and a partner in this firm, that was founded in 1990 by Rob Olsthoorn and his wife Desiree. OK Plant has since grown into a rather large company. It is located in two different villages and grows plants on 8 hectares in.....

Spring Meadows - Proven Winners Endowment Fund Scholarship recipients

Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research arm of AmericanHort, has announced the names of the three recipients of the 2017 Spring Meadow – Proven Winners Endowment Fund Scholarship. Each student received $3000 in scholarship funding to achieve their educational goals.This year’s winners are.....

US (CA): Rare stolen plants returned to nurseries

A Carpinteria man has been connected to the theft of more than $3,000 worth of stolen exotic plants, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Rural Crimes Unit detectives contacted Cassidy Murphy King this week regarding the investigation of stolen plants, according.....

NL: Lisianthus grower packs 600,000 stems a week

When Florismart visited the Lisianthus grower, van der Lugt, they had the opportunity to speak to Marcel van der Lugt, a man with a passion for his trade. Van der Lugt is constantly looking for new Lisianthus varieties. Besides this, they think it is important to keep innovating their processes in finding.....

Rose grower Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora:

Kenya: High altitude farms affected by cold weather

"Hopefully the roses will be ready for Women's Day", says Sachin Appachu, general manager at Kenyan rose farm Bliss Flora. For several weeks now, high altitude farms like Bliss Flora are dealing with unusual cold temperatures, which puts the roses on hold, and resulted in a 20 to 25 percent drop in.....

Dutch tulip grower optimizes crop with tunable LED lighting

Philips Lighting has installed dynamic growth lighting at Dutch tulip grower Karel Bolbloemen B.V. in Bovenkarpsel, the Netherlands. The system makes it possible to adjust the light recipes during the course of the growth cycle to promote specific growth characteristics, such as stronger stems for its.....

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.....

sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

John Valk and Gina Marchionda:

Flowers Canada Ontario awards industry leaders

John Valk and Gina Marchionda took center stage at Flower Canada Ontario's Annual General Meeting, that was held on Wednesday, January 11. Valk received the 2016 Flowers Canada (Ontario) Lifetime Achievement award and Marchionda the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award. Every year, at the AGM,.....

Rabobank:

Dutch greenhouse growers dare to expand again

Greenhouse cultivation is on the rise again and Westland entrepreneurs are daring to expand again. "Remarkably most expansion plans are with respect to greenhouse vegetables, where the market balance is less stable," according to Ruud van der Vliet, director Companies at Rabobank Westland in Rabobank’s.....

Felipe Saldarriaga, Green Bouquet: "We are sold out"

Not only rose growers profit from Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not only an important day for rose growers, it is too for the ones who cultivate foliage. For Israeli Ruscus grower Felipe Saldarriaga of Green Bouquet, it is one of the most important days, together with Mother's Day. "We are already completely sold out and the demand seems to be high.....

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US (PA): Electrical short caused fire at Dan Schantz Farm

The fire that broke out at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouses in Zionsville, PA last week probably started with an electrical short in the ceiling of the new head house. For the owners, employees and community, it has been an emotional and hectic week. What did they do in the days after the fire? Dan.....

US: Farmers encouraging farmers to go to Washington

Last year’s delegation was one of California Cut Flower Commission's (CCFC) largest, if not the largest group of farmers that took to Washington, D.C. "It was a great group and their advocacy made a difference", says Kasey Cronquist, CEO of CCFC on americasflowers.org.From February 28 to March 2, 2017 flower.....

Teun Valstar

Dutch tropical pot plant grower discusses sustainable cultivation of calathea

In the coming weeks at Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with tropical pot plant grower Teun Valstar:What do you specialize in?We.....

Uganda: Turning hibiscus flowers into wine

Though Hibiscus sabdariffa, also known as Roselle, grows in the wild, it is domesticated in some parts of Northern Uganda as a traditional vegetable. Many farmers are growing it on medium to large scale.Besides being part of the diet, the plant has a number of medicinal properties and the products made from.....

Connectaflor new distributor for Europe

Esmeralda Farms looks back at challenging 2016

"I will always remember 2016 as the year of loss", says Clarisse Ullrich, president of Esmeralda Farms. In June, she lost her husband and founder of the company Peter Ullrich. In August, their farm in Ethiopia was burned down by rebels and they consequently had to close their sales department in the.....

Roses bloom all over Bangladesh

Not very far away from Dhaka, six of the villages of Birulia Union, Savar, are in full bloom with millions of roses. Acres of land dedicated to ravishing red roses, exuding style and grace, bathed in winter mist, are surely a spectacular bonanza for the city dwellers who want to flee to the natural.....

US (NY): High schools train the next generation of growers

It's Monday, 8 a.m., and these teens have already mucked stalls in the barn and fed the goats, alpacas and miniature cows. They've rounded up eggs in the henhouse, harvested cabbages and a few green-tinged tomatoes, and arranged them in tidy tiers to sell in the Agriculture Store. Now they're ready.....

Canada: CosMic Plants expands orchid production

CosMic Plants is expanding its orchid production. In June 2016 owners and brothers Mike and Neil Van Steekelenburg acquired an existing, modern 240,000 square feet greenhouse in their hometown Beamsville. Now, about half of the greenhouse is filled up with Phalaenopsis orchids and the other half is already.....

Parfum Flower Company launches ‘Top 40 Wedding Roses’

Parfum Flower Company launches its own book in January; The ‘Top 40 Wedding Roses’. A book of coffee table format featuring the 40 most beautiful wedding roses. All of the 15 David Austin roses are included. Besides the David Austin collection, the book is filled with special roses with a beautiful shape, a.....

Metrolina Greenhouses brings color to gray days

VIDEO With this one minute video, Metrolina Greenhouses brings a bit of color to the cold, foggy and gray days in Huntersville, NC. In their 162 acres single-site heated greenhouse they grow hardy mums, summer annuals, hanging baskets, poinsettias, bedding plants and perennials. During these cooler months, they.....

US (MD): Bell Nursery sustainability efforts recognized

Bell Nursery has been recognized by the Green Business Certification Program and has earned a listing in the Montgomery County Green Business Directory. The Green Business Certification Program is a voluntary recognition program managed by the County's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in.....

Australia: Niche producer successful in herbs, edible flowers

Jan Vydra might run one of the fastest-growing businesses in Australian agriculture but until a few years ago he didn’t really call himself a farmer.Now the 34-year-old in the bright green jacket covered with basil leaves, who co-founded Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs eight years ago, is proud to be described.....

Kenyan garden center ventures into farming

On his farm, Alan Kang’ethe and his people propagate and grow a wide range of pot plants such as cacti, anthuriums and begonias, streptocarpous and medinella, and even exotic orchids and other species suited for the low-light environments common in offices.He has divided his farming operation into three.....

Ecuador: The journey of the rose at Royal Flowers

VIDEO Royal Flowers is an Ecuadorian rose grower that started with producing flowers in a 4ha farm in 1992 and has expanded the farm to 140 ha and is still growing. In this -less than four minute- video, the journey of the Royal Flowers roses, from production till shipping out, has been filmed. Sit back and enjoy......

CAN (ON): Bringing flowers to the community since 1915

When Frank Praill started Praill’s Greenhouse in 1915, he did so because he loved flowers. In 1946 his son Harold took over when Frank passed away. In 1997, Harold’s son Bruce took over the business, and in 2015, Bruce retired and passed the business along to his three sons, Sean, Chad and Ian.Praill’s is.....

Colviveros' breakthrough:

Colombia: Plants exempted from VAT

Just three months on the road and the Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros, achieved a substantial breakthrough which may stimulate the consumption of ornamental plants and generate more and better employment for nearly 5,000 nursery and small ornamental producers throughout.....

NL: The 'jungle' of pot plant nursery De Amstel

Nursery De Amstel B.V. is specialized in growing tropical plants. De Amstel currently has two greenhouses – one in De Kwakel and one in Nieuwveen - with a total cultivation area of ​​about 5.5 hectares. The nursery is a real family business, Huub van Diemen started in 1969 with the nursery and is.....

Canada: Alberta greenhouse growers get carbon tax rebate

Also Alberta greenhouse growers will get a rebate from the carbon tax that started on January 1, 2017. It is up to 80% rebate on the Carbon Levy. This was announced by Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association's (AGGA) President Debbie Foisy. She said her association have fought for this rebate, which.....

Indian housewife becomes successful flower entrepreneur

This new year's eve was a special one for Rubeena Tabassum of Yarikalan, Chadoora as she celebrated a decade of being a florist and floriculturist. Tabassum’s transition from being a housewife to a successful entrepreneur is a story she has scripted for herself.At her cut flower unit at Chadoora, exuding.....

NL: ‘Red Stone’ is missing link at Marax Tulips

‘Red Stone’ is a variety of the Marax Tulips. Due to the tulip’s many positive features, the expectations are immensely high, same as the demand for the bulbs.In 1998, the ‘Red Stone’ was the result from a hybridisation between the varieties ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Monte Peony’. The latter tulip is a mutant of ‘Monte.....

Kenya: Oserian mourns loss of flower pioneer Hans Zwager

Family, staff, friends and relatives gathered at the Oserian Stadium in Naivasha on December 20, 2016 to celebrate the life of the pioneer of the Kenya flower industry Johannes Ewaldus Maria Zwager popularly known as Hans Zwager who has passed on at the age of 90.Hans Zwager founded leading flower export.....