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"If flowers are taxed at a higher rate, consumers will shift to other products"

When an influential House committee convened today to discuss small business issues, a longtime floral industry member was present to share his story — and make the case for the industry at large.Skip Paal, AAF, of Rutland Beard Floral Group, headquartered in Cantonsville, Maryland, was one of four.....

Canada: Ontario boosts greenhouse industry innovation

Ontario is enhancing the competitiveness of the greenhouse sector by supporting the development of innovative new technologies, encouraging investments in greenhouse agriculture and boosting productivity.Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal made the announcement at Link Greenhouses in.....

India: Flower cultivation provides alternate income source in hill villages

Cultivation of flowers in hill villages emerging as alternative source of income, may help stem migration, claim experts.Over 500 families in almost 10 villages of Uttarkashi have taken to flower farming- mainly chrysanthemum and lilium- as part of a project initiated by the Dehradun-based Himalayan Action.....

International aid for Ethiopian land rights reform

Following the recent unrest in Ethiopia, in which among others Dutch flower companies were attacked, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, of the Netherlands, have expressed their wish to help the authorities in Ethiopia.....

US (MI): Large quantity water withdrawal registration initiative

In its 2015 report, Michigan’s Water Use Advisory Council suggested to the Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) that unreported large water withdrawals are a potential challenge to the future of the state’s water use program as well as to water users. In response, MDEQ has created an initiative for.....

Leadership opportunities in Australian green industry

Amid the rise and rise of Australia’s turf and nursery sectors, Horticulture Innovation Australia is offering more than 15 funded opportunities for industry workers to grow their leadership skills.Being supported through industry levies and funds from the Australian Government, the program will challenge.....

No more Dutch chrysanthemums to the USA

The Netherlands no longer exports chrysanthemums to the US. Competition from South America proves too strong to make participation profitable, as shown in the annual report of the KCB (Quality Control Bureau).Since 2013 the Netherlands is allowed to export chrysanthemums to the US. An important condition of.....

"Pakistan can enhance floral export"

Pakistan is a growing market for floral products, particularly of cut flowers and there is a huge demand for cut flowers, especially roses and tulips. Market players have the potential to export cut flowers, but they need infrastructural support from the government. Exporting to the world's largest importers.....

Kenya: Senate probes working conditions on flower farms

Senators will conduct impromptu inspections at various flower farms in Kenya to verify alleged sexual harassment, poor remuneration and handling of harmful chemicals by workers.The Senate Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare made the declaration after listening to submissions by two former.....

Australian nursery industry looking for new leaders

If you’re part of the nursery and garden industry, and interested in taking the next step in your leadership journey, now is your opportunity.The Green Industry Growing Leaders Program is now calling for applications, and is open to anyone in the nursery supply chain who’s interested in building leadership.....

The history of UK Mother's Day

Mums across the UK will soon enjoy a delicious breakfast in bed. Then, whilst glancing every now and then across at the beautiful bouquet of flowers they were given by their doting children, they’ll sit relaxing on the couch. Why all the fuss on Mother’s Day? There are different stories…Back in the 1600s,.....

Marco Heijnen, Floricultura:

"The Colombian ornamental market needs a boost"

Marco Heijnen from Floricultura B.V. visited Colombia to get a firsthand look at its ornamental-plant market and offer his advice on growing orchids. He attended a get-together with several growers and the Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros.As a Dutch breeding company, why.....

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.....

New Zealand: United Flower Growers acquires FloraMax flower auction

As of 31 March 2017 Turners and Growers Fresh Limited will formally sell its Auckland and Christchurch flower auction business, FloraMax, to United Flower Growers Ltd. (UFG).UFG is a joint venture owned by United Flower Auction Limited and Market Gardeners Limited (trading as MG Marketing - a co-operative.....

€ 142 million

Record Valentine's turnover for Royal FloraHolland

In the last full week before Valentine's Day, the turnover was € 142 million. This is the highest turnover ever recorded in the history of Royal FloraHolland.FloraMondo also realised a new turnover record. In week 6 almost €6 million were traded via FloraMondo. Valentine's Day is more a flower event than a.....

India: Flower traders still grappling with drop in demand

The ban of certain high value currency banknotes by the Government has dented demand for flowers and is still haunting the vendors at Netaji Market, Sitabuldi. “Even though it is the wedding season people were spending less on flowers to decorate marriage halls and canopies. This has affected the demand for.....

Roodenburg: "Then we might as well just stop"

Trump threatens to increase import tariffs on Dutch flowers and plants

Last year the Netherlands exported flowers and plants to the USA for a total value of more than EUR 300 million, but this just might come to an end soon. Trump intends to increase the import tariffs for numerous products by as much as 100 percent; besides flowers also tomatoes, peppers, onions and pork are.....

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.....

Kenyan government declares drought a national disaster

The Government of Kenya has declared the current drought affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas a national disaster.Speaking after being briefed on the situation on the ground by Cabinet Secretaries involved in drought management and food security at state House Nairobi,.....

Kenya: High flower prices sting lovebirds

High flower prices dampened Valentine’s Day for some lovers due to strong prices in the export market and low production caused by a long cold period in the second half of last year.Consequently forces of supply and demand came into play with florists fixing high price tags on a commodity that is highly.....

US: Republicans want to eliminate EPA

After soliciting endorsement from his colleagues earlier this week to eradicate the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has garnered support from a trio of congressmen in what he assures would translate to a smooth transition in oversight and regulations from the federal government to.....

"Not so rosy Valentine's for Kenyan flower firms"

Valentine's has always been a colourful hush-hush romance period that also comes with good profits for the Kenyan flower exporters.But as trade relations with traditional partners in Europe take a negative turn, this Valentine's, and perhaps many others to come, might not be so rosy for exporters.What makes.....

March 21-22

FloraHolland study trip to Denmark and Sweden

In Scandinavia, there is a strong link between the seasons and particular flowers. Flowers symbolise a certain season or holiday in Sweden, like roses, gerberas and callas for Midsummer's Day. Plants form an essential part of life and a home's interior and are associated with domesticity, cosiness and.....

US (FL): Bromeliad restrictions deferred

Fearing a potentially devastating blow to the county's $2.7 billion horticultural and agricultural industry, a Miami-Dade commissioner has voluntarily deferred a measure that would limit —and some argued effectively ban — new purchases of bromeliad plants by the county in an effort to protect against.....

UK: Study tour gains insight and inspiration from Holland

It was an action packed few days for garden centres and suppliers attending the HTA Garden Retail Study Tour in Holland last week.The tour began on Wednesday 8th February with a visit to the Elho factory where the group heard the latest trend information and ideas from this family company that was.....

US (CT): Senator Murphy calls to support local flowers

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest days of the year for Connecticut’s 1,700 flower nurseries and garden centers, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday to continue supporting the American floral and horticulture industry. In a letter to.....

Helen Evans, New Covent Garden Flower Market:

UK: Brexit burns hole in Cupid's wallet

"We would have had better Valentine's Day sales if we had not voted to leave Europe", says Helen Evans of the New Covent Garden Flower Market, one of the largest flower markets in the UK. Red roses at the New Covent Garden Flower Market.Since the Brexit, the Pound Sterling dropped in value against the Dollar.....

AHDB explores Israel's floriculture industry

AHDB in partnership with CFC Management Group went on a four day study tour to Israel, organised by Lyndon Mason, CFC Project Manager, in association with plant breeders, Danziger and Agridera. The group which travelled out included growers, packers and consultants, and visits were arranged to Israeli.....

Colombia keeps cocaine from spoiling Valentine's Day flowers

Cocaine is probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses.But every year, police and growers in Colombia must work around the clock to make sure that the romance of Valentine's Day isn't spoiled by the drug, the nation's other major export along with flowers.As much as 330,000 pounds (150.....

Valentine's Day again to break records

Valentine's Day is being celebrated in many countries and is an important holiday for the flower industry. For weeks, growers, importers, cargo agencies and auctions have been busy delivering the flowers on time at their destination. Last weekend and on Monday, Florists have been working on their Valentine's.....

Will there be enough roses from La Trinidad on Valentine's Day?

This is the time of the year when income of flower growers in Barangay Bahong, La Trinidad, Benguet is expected to rise, but they have bad weather to deal with.Flower grower Jacqueline Tamayen said extreme cold weather affected the growth of their roses. The temperature in their area was between 11 to 14.....

Valentine's Day 2017: More or less sales?

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and since 2014, it will finally be celebrated on a weekday; a Tuesday. This provokes the question: will this be profitable for the flower business or not? Over the last few weeks, we've heard quite some different opinions. Generally, it can be noticed that many.....

Orchids in Colombia without VAT

On Thursday, February 9th, as a result of various legal discussions led by the Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers (Colviveros), the government agency responsible for Taxes and Customs in Colombia (DIAN) has confirmed that the orchids were covered with the exclusion of VAT on live.....

US (MT): Valentine’s flowers brave snow showers

While the ground is covered in slush and drifts of half-melted snow, the demand for fresh-cut flowers is at an annual high.Valentine’s Day brings a boom for flower shops, but the logistics of selling high-quality blooms in the middle of February pose a daunting task for Missoula’s florists. Flowers are flown.....

India: Ahead of Valentine's Day, rose exports fall

Indian rose exports, in the run up to Valentine’s Day, have seen a fall this year.As exporters wind up the last of the Valentine’s Day dispatches by the afternoon of Saturday, February 11, they have collectively seen an export of about 5.5 million flowers, a drop by 1.5-2 million stems from last year.For the.....

Flowers still popular in Borneo despite economic woes

It seems that there are still many adults and youngsters alike who are willing to spend some money on flowers for their loved ones, despite the bad economy.Florist Amanda Leong told The Borneo Post that the slow economy had not really affected the Valentine’s Day business – on the contrary, she actually.....

Malaysia: More expensive roses for Valentine’s Day

With the prices of roses expected to go up by at least 30 per cent or more, Malaysian florists are left wondering how they would cope.Satchiathanandhan Nadarajah, 32, who owns New Foo Choon Florist, said the price of a single rose stem had risen from RM7 (1.57 USD) to RM10 (2.25 USD).“My supplier says the.....

China's flower auction in overdrive ahead of Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day draws near, romantics across China are setting out to buy flowers for their sweethearts. With skyrocketing demand for bunches and bouquets of all shapes and sizes, China’s flower auctions are doing a roaring trade. To find out more, CCTV reporter Tao Yuan visited one auction house in.....

Tasya Kravchenko, Florisol & Co:

Good hopes for Women's Day 2017

Due to the strengthened and stabilized ruble, this year's Women's Day sales might be better than last year. "Of course, after the holiday we will have the exact numbers, but looking at the pre-orders that we already received in December and the current orders, I have good hopes that it will be a better.....

17-22 April

Greenn organizes new market study trip to Iran

After years of boycotts the international sanctions against Iran were lifted at the beginning of 2016. Iran is one of the richest countries in the world and with about 80 million inhabitants (of which 10 million live in Tehran), it is a country with potential. The ornamentals market in Iran has largely been.....

Levi and Thomas Evers, BredeFleur

On a lily trip to Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia

To visit distant countries to see how things are done and to strengthen contacts with suppliers, that is combining the useful with the pleasant. That is in a nutshell what brought the Dutch brothers Thomas and Levi Evers of lily nursery Bredefleur to Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia. After returning to 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.....

US: Flower spending in Southern California expected to be lower

California Flower Mall petalers are prepping for a frugal Valentine’s Day flower holiday this year as fear and uncertainty caused by the “Trump Effect” is expected to tighten the purse strings of the Southern California Latino community far more than the 10% Valentine’s Day spending dip forecast nationally by.....

Exports of Indian roses picks up ahead of Valentine's Day

Rose exports from India are expected to reach a record high around Valentine’s Day this year, reports Indian newspaper Business Standard. After experiencing lower sales for this year and witnessing a lull in sales last November, Indian flower growers cheer this year's Valentine's Day. More than five million.....

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.....

Florismart goes on safari

PHOTO REPORT The people of Florismart have gone on a trip to Kenya, to see with their own eyes how the flowers they trade are grown. Here are their reports of this "flower safari".Day 1: Quality Control and the effect of weather on your Valentine’s Kenyan roses"PJ Dave is an amazing farm growing your Rhodos roses around.....

UK: Dobbies reports increase in Christmas sales

Dobbies Garden Centres reports its most successful Christmas trading period in the last five years with a number of standout performances for the business.Sales of the Christmas range rose 9.8% from the previous year. Live trees had its highest ever sell through and Santa suppers and breakfasts were up 41%.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas: Growth in imported potted plants

Veiling Rhein-Maas has nineteen potted plant suppliers from Italy, seven from Spain and one supplier from Greece. The growth in turnover of the Italian suppliers has been very positive. Veiling Rhein-Maas is currently developing plans to find new potted plant suppliers in Spain during 2018, as the growth in.....

The price of a perfect Valentine's Day

Suppose there is such a thing as a perfect Valentine's Day, and this perfect day would consist of: a dozen roses, a day at the spa, a dinner in a 1+ star restaurant, a visit to the cinema, and a night at a proper hotel. What would it cost?Bloomy Days, a German flower delivery company, found out. For 50.....

Higher sales expected this year

Busy with Valentine's Day? Norway has Mother's Day first!

Some think Valentine's Day (February 14) and Women's Day (March 8) succeed each other quickly, but have you ever thought of the Norwegians? They have just a few days - and sometimes even no days - between their Mother's Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday in February, and Valentine's Day. It.....

Australian Made promotes homegrown Valentine's flowers

The Australian Made Campaign is reminding consumers about the benefits of buying Australian Grown flowers this Valentine’s Day.Each year more than 8 million roses are imported into Australia from all over the world, but nothing can beat a locally grown bouquet, according to Australian Made Campaign Chief.....

US: Midweek Valentine’s a boon for growers

Think "Valentine's Day flowers," and the first one that comes to mind is … lilies? Daisies? Tulips?Hey, why not?"I think if you ask most women, I think red roses wouldn't be their favorite," said Robert Kitayama, a third-generation flower farmer with operations in Aptos and Watsonville. Kitayama Brothers.....

Intention to buy at supermarket is 40% higher

Condition of plants in supermarkets influences sales of other products

Recent research, done by the Hochschule Geisenheim University in collaboration with Chrysal, shows that the condition of plants in a supermarket influences the buying intention and the potential amount of sales of other products. A total of 400 people were randomly shown either a picture of a display with.....
2017 funding totals $289,500

US: Horticultural Research Institute announces funded research projects

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort Foundation, has announced 2017 grant funding. Thirteen projects were selected for funding based on a rigorous review system including both industry relevance and scientific merit. “HRI is pleased to support a number of excellent projects working to.....

NL: Concerns over Brexit by chrysanthemum growers

In December last year, Dutch flower export to England dropped suddenly by 14%. The crop for which this was most apparent, is the chrysanthemum: one in three of Dutch-grown flowers crosses the North Sea. The effects of Brexit, already announced in April last year, were initially not so bad. Since Theresa May.....

Attracting immigrants to rural Ontario

As a way of ensuring their long-term viability, Ontario’s rural communities should do more to attract and keep newcomers in their municipalities – and a University of Guelph professor has developed some recommendations on how to best do that.Changing demographics are leaving many rural areas struggling with.....

FloraHolland gets ready for 300 million Valentine's flowers

February 14 is Valentine's Day, when lovers traditionally surprise each other with flowers. In this video grower Aad Fransen, Reinier Elbertsen from Hilverda De Boer, logistics team manager Tjeerd Zwart and auctioneer Erik Wassenaar tell us how they are preparing for the Valentine's Day peak.Royal.....

Asian flower market is flourishing for Valentine’s Day

It's February and this means flowers! With Valentine's Day around the corner, the flower traders usually boost up the market and flower prices double or even triple in price. In many countries, the most demanded flowers are the imported roses as the purchasers want to give premium-grade-flowers to their.....

Ethiopia: Limonium, hypericum production suffer from cold weather

Due to adverse weather conditions in Southern Europe during the last year, the eucalyptus baby blue, cinerea and populus are very limited in supply. A great alternative to these products is eucalyptus robusta victoria. Available from mid-June to April in 55 to 70 cm with its unique sickle-shaped.....

Valentine's top picks at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Romance is in the air at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month. With Valentine’s Day this year falling on a Tuesday, 'Red Naomi’ roses from Holland and ‘Freedom’ from South America are tipped to be the florists' top choices. Read on to discover what else you can expect to see, flowers, foliage, plants.....

Lower supply and higher prices at Royal FloraHolland

The first period of the new year has already gone. Royal FloraHolland concluded this with a drop in revenue of about 3%. The supply was lower than at the start of last year.The drop in revenue in period 1 of 2017 was due to a lower supply of products: around 9% less than last year. There are several causes.....

Growing responsibility: certification by the Kenya Flower Council

Although the Netherlands is the historic center of flower cultivation, production for the European market has largely shifted to Africa, particularly to Kenya and Ethiopia. Because of the perishability of flowers, their rapid and temperature-controlled transit, careful distribution and timely sale is.....

Antoine Hoogenboom of Bock Bio Science:

Europe: Fluctuating hellebore market explained

Even though the market for hellebore is showing an upward trend, many European growers had a tough season last Christmas. The season started well at the end of September; the high demand and tight supply resulted in good prices at the Dutch and German auctions. However, towards the end of December, the.....

US (MA): Boston Flower Exchange vendors get 1-month extension

Everything’s coming up roses for the Boston Flower Exchange.Vendors at the century-old wholesale operation were supposed to vacate their sprawling South End home this week, but instead will remain there for another month to avoid any disruption during the pivotal Valentine’s Day sales period.“It’s good to.....

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.....

National Retail Federation:

US: "Consumers will buy $2 billion in flowers on Valentine’s Day"

After a decade-long increase in Valentine’s Day spending is expected to finally see a market correction this year, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $136.57, down from last year’s record-high.....

Italian growers recovering from cold weather

"The weather is finally returning to normal", says Italian hibiscus breeder and young plant grower Alexandro Bock. His company, called Diem srl, is situated in Latina and had to deal with unusual cold weather in the beginning of January. Fortunately, his greenhouse is equipped with a good heating.....

Royal FloraHolland opens new facilities in China

This year, Royal FloraHolland, the leading Dutch floral cooperative formed in 1911, will open new facilities in Guangzhou and Beijing.Photo: FloraHolland, Lucas Vos traveling in China in 2015Its trade mission to Shanghai in 2015 spawned strong new links with the Chinese cut flower industry, and led to the.....

Amazon India launches Fresh Flowers Store in 5 cities

Amazon India has launched a Fresh Flowers Store on its e-commerce website, expanding its product categories even further. The company has partnered with major floral giants like Ferns n Petals, Indian Gifts Portal, FloraIndia, Flaberry, and many more across the country to launch this online store for flower.....

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.....

Trump hands lifeline to Kenya’s US exports

Kenya can breathe a sigh of relief after the US dropped plans to endorse a trans-pacific trade pact that would have exposed the country’s exports to America to stiff competition.The Ministry of Trade has welcomed the move by President Donald Trump saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), would.....

India: Rainfall leads to higher prices for Valentine's roses

Roses are grown nearly in 250 hectares in and around Bengaluru, including Hosakote, Anekal, Mandur and other places.Every day, around 1,500,000 stems are sent to national and global markets, including Gulf countries, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia. On Valentine’s Day, more than 2,500,000 rose.....

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur allows flower traders to return

Little India’s flower traders in Kuala Lumpur can continue to trade along Jalan Tun Sambanthan, in Brickfields.Last June, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) ordered the 17 traders to move to the ground level carpark of the Tun Sambanthan Complex, formerly known as The Pines.But the traders who set up shop there.....

Alex Frost (FloraVina, QuickFlora Software)

"Competition is blooming in the flower business"

Many people called and emailed questioning if “a flower shop with no employees” was even possible after the article I published last week. It is great to see such a concept engage the industry so passionately!by Alex Frost, Founder and CEO at FloraVina, QuickFlora SoftwareThe reality is, the concept already.....

India: Bamboo greenhouses set up to promote floriculture

Although most commonly found in India, bamboo is put to very little use even though it is more durable than wood. The abundantly available grass in the country has been traditional used as durable housing material to build stilt houses and lasting low cost houses in various parts of the country, but for the.....