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Rosa Loves Me

"Roses with nostalgic shapes much sought after these days"

'Rosa Loves Me' is the new line of cut roses with a nostalgic garden shape. This type of cut roses is much sought after these days and was successfully presented to invited customers last week in Naaldwijk, Holland.These roses are grown by Molo River Roses, Kenya and the first two varieties from.....

Rolling Stones keyboardist grows rock-inspired orchid

What do rock stars do when they are not on tour? They grow plants, of course.And so it is with the Rolling Stones’ longtime keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who has been with the band for 35 years. Not only does he maintain an award-winning sustainable 2,500 acre tree farm in Georgia with his artist wife, Rose.....

Snapdragons second biggest crop for Sun Valley Floral Farms

Warmer spring weather means we get to talk about warm-weather crops! For this, the bloggers of Sun Valley Floral Farms take a little trip to their farm in Baja, California. The second biggest crop coming out of Baja (second to sunflowers) is Snapdragons."Our Baja farm did indeed begin as a sunflower-centric.....

Van den Berg Roses, El Flaco, Ludvig Svensson

Finding the ideal screen for African roses

El Flaco has set up various screen installations at Van den Berg Roses in Kenya. As shown below, this was done in cooperation with a number of employees.In their search for the ideal screen, the grower, located near Lake Naivasha, decided to do a test with three different types of cloths. These are the.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries' Ben Gegory went plant hunting at CAST

Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, attended the California Spring Trials in the USA (April, 2017). He visited 12 nurseries in the country, searching for some unusual plants.The 24-year-old from Worcester said: “This is the largest trial event of new breeding focused on.....

US(OH): $11,000 worth of trees and supplies stolen at Lancaster nursery

Last weekend, nearly $11,000 in trees and landscaping supplies werestolen from Rob Allen's Lancaster Greenhouse & Nursery in Lancaster, Ohio.He says in 20 years in business, it's the largest loss he's experienced.He says he thinks the thief cased his nursery, then came back with a trailer and truck and.....

US: Saginaw Valley Flower Exchange named MFA Wholesaler of the Year

The Michigan Floral Association has named Saginaw Valley Flower Exchange as Wholesaler of the Year. The award, which honors a company that has demonstrated outstanding support and service to the Association, was presented at the 2017 Great Lakes Floral Expo held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.For over 70 years,.....

McCallum Nurseries:

Sri Lankan palm grower to expand tropical plant production

The European demand for the Sri Lankan Livistona palm has been growing for years, but stagnated over the last couple of years. This is explained by a Sri Lankan grower Indeera Ukwatte of McCallum Nurseries. Their main product is this particular palm variety which they export to the Netherlands. In order to.....

US: Kennedy’s named MFA Retailer of the Year

Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been selected as the Michigan Floral Association Retailer of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual Great Lakes Floral Expo.The shop, founded in the 1940s, was cited for its high standards and professionalism not only in the industry but.....

BE: CHP plant ensures that roses thrive all year long

Since the middle of April, a CHP plant from MTU Onsite Energy has been generating electric power and heat to ensure that the roses in the greenhouses of the family-run Wimceco Rose Nursery in the Belgian town of Boechout grow and thrive throughout the year. The plant replaced an existing power plant that was.....

Hydrangeas on the radio

To kick off the Spring 2017 gardening season, Endless Summer Hydrangeas has partnered with Pandora to create the “Artists Rebloomed” station, launching today. Tune in while you are Yardening* this spring and summer to hear from artists that have “rebloomed” and reinvented themselves throughout the years,.....

US (PA): Student greenhouse open for business

Teens and Greens, a greenhouse off Molly Pitcher Highway, is run by students at Franklin County Career and Technology Center. The greenhouse opened for the season on Tuesday.“We offer annuals, perennials, tomatoes and most vegetables,” said Nathanial Witmer, a junior at FCCTC and James Buchanan who works in.....

Daniel Moge, Kimman Roses:

Kenyan gypsophilas finding their way to China

"Last year, we expanded the farm by adding 4 ha and this year, we are planning to add another 2.5 to 3 ha", says Kenyan gypsophila grower Daniel Moge of Kimman Roses. Over the last years, he notices an increase in demand for gypsophilas and in particular from China.Daniel Moge at the IFTEX 2016 in Nairobi,.....

US (FL): Fort Myers, once the gladiolus capital of the world

Fort Myers was once known as the gladiolus capital of the world. Gladiolus farms, especially in the Iona district southwest of Fort Myers, produced thousands of acres of gladioli.Gladiolus bulbs, or corms, were first planted in Iona in 1935. Two successive winter freezes in central Florida had driven.....

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.....

US (NY): Cornell greenhouse staff plow on through nor’easter

For the first time since February 2014, Cornell closed the Ithaca campus due to snow, halting all but essential services from noon March 14 until 4:30 p.m. March 15.About four dozen employees from the facilities, grounds and building care departments battled the tempest – which left about 15 inches of snow.....

US (AK): Local greenhouses are springing to life

On the first day of spring, greenhouse workers’ hands were busy mixing, potting and planting, even though their workspaces are still flanked with several feet of snow.“To get our greenhouse plants going, we’re doing a lot of transplants. We get our hands in the soil and have the sunshine on our back,” said.....

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.....

Indian consultant helps growers through innovation

When Parvathi Menon launched her own consulting firm, Innovation Alchemy, in 2009 in India, she found a fertile market of social enterprises, large NGOs, and government agencies seeking insights on social innovation, sustainability, supply chain management and advice on how to scale up their solutions for.....

US (WA): Spokane flower growers then and now

The Spokane Flower Growers Association organized around 1925 to help a dozen or more Spokane and Idaho greenhouse operators market and ship their flowers to florists and stores around the region. In the early 1930s, the cooperative took over one of the large warehouses on Havermale Island, giving it.....

US (UT): Spring is in the air at Provo nursery

With snow still on the ground nearly two weeks ago, the workers inside of McCoard’s Garden Center in Provo were busy preparing for their spring opening on March 6.It didn’t feel like spring then, at least until you stepped into one of the more than 90 greenhouses behind the garden center and smelled the.....

US (WA): Growers struggling with cold weather

The last couple years, Skagit Valley daffodils were in full bloom in February. This cool and rainy year, it’s the middle of March, the daffodils are dripping and cold and only just starting to open.“Two days ago there was no color in the fields, but just in the last two days there’s at least a haze starting.....

NL: Video: 'Kom in de Kas' event in the Alton Area

One of the regions where the 40th edition of ‘Kom in de kas’ (Come into the greenhouse) will be celebrated is the Alton area in North-Holland. Among others Tesselaar Freesia & Alstroemeria and Gootjes AllPlant - and also a handful of other companies - will open their product facilities for the general.....

Aeschynanthus grower Jakob Christensen, Fashion Flowers

Niche products on the rise

"People talk about the beauty of niche plants, but in the end they choose a plant they are familiar with." According to Danish aeschynanthus grower Jakob Christensen of Fashion Flowers, this used to be the trend, but fortunately, he now sees a bit of a change. "Compared to last year, we have had a good first.....

UN (MN): Field to Vase Dinner drops by Len Busch Roses

"One word continues to come to mind when I describe the experience we had at the first American Grown Field to Vase Dinner of 2017 at Len Busch Roses in Minnesota: family," Kasey Cronquist writes."Minnesota flower farmer Patrick Busch greeted guests who came from all over to enjoy dinner on the family’s.....

US (IA): Still growing after forty years

After 40 years in business and you’re knocking on 61 years of age, it’s time to get ready to shut the doors for good on your self-made dynasty and get ready for the retirement home.Or not.Matt Mohrfeld of Matt’s Greenhouse says he has been pushing forward and just began the next five year plan.“I was 21 when.....

UK: Organic flowers blossom into spring

The polytunnels and cutting gardens at Organic Blooms are increasingly verdant daily – and this week’s sunshine has brought enough warmth to the tunnels for workers to shed their coats and fleeces.This early springing into life can be deceptive though – the young tunnel-raised plants are still tender.Last.....

Dutch nursery expands Walking Plant System

A 10,000 m2 expansion of the Walking Plant System has enabled Karma Plants to increase its production. To get the most out of this expansion, the nursery has decided to extend its current WPS system as it has already led to a remarkable improvement in quality and higher yields per square metre.The first.....

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.....

June declared California Grown Flower Month

US (CA): Senator McGuire tours Sun Valley

While the focus at American Grown has been facing issues on the federal level, CCFC’s past-chair Lane DeVries recently hosted California State Senator Mike McGuire on a tour of his farm, Sun Valley Floral Farm. Senator McGuire was the lead sponsor in the Senate for a joint resolution declaring June as.....

NL: Succulents breathe new life into old greenhouse

Winco Holland is located in a classic building at the end of a typical Dutch country lane. The romantic scenery and nostalgic nursery makes you long for simpler times. Don’t be deceived by the looks however: behind the old bricks of a former breeding company, two young and driven directors, Dick Noort and.....

US: Horticulture honor society inducts 29 new members

Pi Alpha Xi (PAX), the national honor society for horticulture, inducted 29 new members at a March 6, 2017 ceremony held in the H. H. Whetzel Room in the Plant Science Building on the Cornell University campus.2017 PAX inducteesThis set a record for the number of inductees in a single year since the chapter.....

UK: Visitor numbers grow for PlantFest at Hereford nurseries

Retailers visited Wyevale Nurseries and Allensmore Nurseries recently to attend the PlantFest and to see new product developments for the coming year.The joint open day on Wednesday, March 8 was for any plant retailer, both existing customers and those who may not have been supplied by either nursery.(From.....

James O'Leary of Living Shamrock on St. Patrick's Day:

Ireland: 'Better shamrock production due to mild winter'

St. Patrick's Day, March 17, is approaching, which means busy times for shamrock growers in Ireland. The shamrock is the most common symbol of St. Patrick's Day and is often being worn, used as a gift or promotional item, sold for charities and so on. The demand for this symbol is high, and shamrock growers.....

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......

Robin van Dijk, Nursery Dijk van Dijk about WPS system:

"It makes our organisation manageable and efficient"

Dijk van Dijk Hydrangea and garden plant nursery recently invested in a SmartFlo and delivery system for transporting, cleaning, sorting and delivering hydrangeas. Robin van Dijk worked with WPS to create an effective system with the aim of optimising operations in the nursery and achieving cost and.....

UK: New, used glasshouse for Reuben Shaw’s, Hollydene Nursery

Ebtech Glasshouse Systems Ltd has recently completed the supply and build of a used glasshouse at Reuben Shaw’s, Hollydene Nursery in Nottinghamshire. The glasshouse is attached to the existing block and the gutters are identical to that of the existing house, making for an easier connection.A door was.....

America's flower farmers descend on Capitol Hill

"Last week’s trip to Washington, D.C., was the most productive trip advocating for our farms that we’ve ever held," writes Kasey Cronquist, CEO of the California Cut Flower Commission. "It reminded me of our trip in 2014 when we worked with just two members of Congress to launch the Congressional Cut Flower.....

US (CA): Trevor Airola: The student that became teacher at Bret Harte Union High

While most 24-year-olds are out there finding themselves and considering their career options, Trevor Airola has already landed the job of his life and if everything works out for the young man, it will be the only position he will ever hold.Written by: Edmund AttanasioA former graduate of the nationally.....

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.....

White Magic plus Aqua Magic is triple magic

Mix it with sibling ‘White Magic’ and you’ll have a combination that’s greater than the sum of its parts.One and one is two, however in a rare occasion it simply outdoes the math, such as with muscari ‘Aqua Magic’. This blue muscari is perfect to be cultivated on its own. Put it together though with its.....

a Grower Case Study by Nursery & Garden Industry Australia

EcoHort a natural fit for Jamberoo Native Nursery

When Jamberoo Native Nursery (JNN) was approached by the local council about chemical spray drift, responding was easy. As part of maintaining its EcoHort accreditation, the company had fully documented the control measures in place to ensure there was no impact on surrounding properties, and that was the.....

Ann Gitari, Magana Flowers:

Kenya: 'Higher demand, prices this Women's Day'

A 20 percent increase in demand and a 60 percent increase in prices. For Kenyan rose farm Magana Flowers, Women's Day which will be celebrated on March 8 has been successful already. On Saturday March 4, they shipped out their final flowers for this holiday to Russia. This is explained by Magana's Marketing.....

Shine Wax Farm

New wax farm established in Israeli Arava Desert

Shine Wax Farm is a new wax farm established by two young farmers in the Arava region in Israel. This area is considered unfit for growing wax because of extreme hot weather during the summer months and poor water quality, but these entrepreneurs succeeded to grow a product with large buds, big flowers and.....

US: Responses needed for grower water survey

A team of researchers from several states across the country is conducting a survey to better understand factors that influence nursery and greenhouse growers’ decision making processes when it comes to water conservation and treatment technologies.The goal is to aid producers of nursery and floriculture to.....

Women's Day: Shorter stem roses

"Colored roses with shorter stems of 35 and 40cm with a head size of 4 to 4.5 cm are the most demanded flowers in our assortment this Women's Day in Russia", says Hanif Chaudry Operations Manager at Isinya Roses. Since February 21, this Kenyan rose farm is busy with their Women's Day shipments and this week,.....

Alexander Letkow of Rosen Tantau on the changes in the garden rose industry

'Finished roses are beating bare rooted roses'

"20 years ago, consumers used to buy bare rooted roses, plant them in their garden and watch them grow. Now, people want to have a product that is ready to use and enjoy. It entails a lot more work for the grower, but consumers are willing to spend more money on it". This is explained by Alexander.....

US: Horticultural Research Institute recognizes leaders, donors

The Horticultural Research Institute announced the recognition of volunteer leaders and recent donors as it enters its 55th year of service to the green industry.Officers for 2017 are President Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Inc. (Fresno, CA); Immediate Past President Karl Losely, Herman Losely & Son,.....

Saudi Arabia: New 55,000 sqm young plant nursery for Al Bustan

In Saudi Arabia, Prins Group and their partner Stolze are building a project for Al Bustan Nurseries. The client is one of the leading companies in the production of all vegetable plants and bedding plants in Saudi Arabia. These products are completely grown with the use of Dutch techniques and comply.....

Harry Rooijakkers, Blooming Innovations

The rise of the Kenyan delphinium

"The market for delphiniums is not saturated yet", says Harry Rooijakkers of Blooming Innovations. Together with his companion Bert Louwerse he grows hydrangeas and delphiniums in Gilgil, Kenya and decided to double the delphinium production in 2016. In December, they harvested their first flowers. Now, a.....

US (NH): Father, daughter operate flower farm in tricky climate

The flower farm Reggie Tarr and his daughter, Vanessa Tarr, operate in Sugar Hill, N.H., started out as a hobby. Reggie, who has worked in landscape design for more than 30 years, bought 6 acres of farmland in 1997 and began planting vegetables and perennials in his spare time. It wasn’t until three years.....

US (CA): Farmers, wholesalers felt the love this Valentine's Day

By all reports, Valentine's Day 2017 was a success. Overall, fresh flower sales were up over 2016, according to a survey by the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association (WF&WFSA). Survey results also showed: Thirty-eight percent of respondents said sales were up more than 10 percent. Almost 9.....

There's a bromeliad for everyone

The bromeliad is houseplant of the month March, a good time to highlight the largest bromeliad supplier and long-term partner from OZ Planten: Bromelia Specialist. Bromelia Specialist has a market share in turnover of 48% in Europe and is one of the largest providers of bromeliads.Bromelia Specialist is the.....