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Australian nurseries urged to consider interns

Expressions of interest are being sought from nurseries interested in taking on an intern, with funding available to assist with costs during both the internship and the first year of employment if that is offered.The Hort Innovation Internship Program is co-funded by participating businesses and.....

European consumption of flowers and houseplants is growing

The consumption of flowers and houseplants in Europe rose in 2016 by 1.0% to €35.9 billion. The trend was particularly evident in Eastern European countries.Lithuania exhibited the strongest growth, but countries like Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Estonia also showed an evident upward trend. Other countries.....

UK: Fern sales up 44% at Wyevale Nurseries

Fern sales have seen a surge at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford as it announces a 44% year on year increase (March 2016 until the end of March 2017). The company says it feels this is due to the plants being on trend in the retail, amenity landscape and domestic landscape markets.Adam Dunnett, Sales and.....

Torben Moth Madsen, Rosa Danica:

"40% more scented pot roses this Mother's Day"

"It's that time of the year again that the demand surpasses the supply", says Danish pot rose grower Torben Moth Madsen of Rosa Danica. In the run up to Mother's Day, celebrated on May 12, the demand for their pot roses is high and the demand for the scented ones increased. "It is the second year that they.....

Farm Business Survey

Lower incomes for British ornamental producers

Horticulture accounted for 13% of the UK’s total agricultural output last year. Horticulture businesses generated a total revenue of £3,101 million, which was a 3% increase on the previous year, according to the latest statistics from the Farm Business Survey.Horticulture business profitability increased.....

Bangladesh: Abundant production leads to profit for Jhenidah growers

Jhenidah flower farmers are making hefty profit as they witnessed a bumper production.A total of 208 hectares of land was used for flower cultivation, according to the district Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).One flower grower has been cultivating flowers for the last few years and attained.....

US (MA): High demand for Easter arrangements

Busy phones and lines of customers were commonplace at florists across MetroWest and the Milford area as people made colorful last-minute purchases to decorate their dining room tables and homes for Easter. A National Retail Federation survey last month showed $1.2 billion would be spent across the country.....

India: Drought hits floriculture in Salem

The flower crop, for which the western belt is famous for, has become yet another causality of the drought situation prevailing in the district.Farmers who have raised jasmine and oleander (arali) in Panamarathupatti block are struggling to protect the crops in the absence of any rainfall. The flowers.....

American Grown, Society of American Florists disagree on border tax

The phrase “Well, let’s just agree to disagree” seems to sum up the relationship between the Society of American Florists (SAF) and America’s flower farmers regarding the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) being proposed by House Republicans as a part of their “blueprint” on reforming the nation’s tax system.During.....

An inside look at Japanese flowers

Recently, DVFlora's Japanese Product Manager (Tony Solina) visited several regions of Japan and met with multiple flower growers and auctions. In this video, Tony discusses the quality of the Japanese product he purchases on a daily basis, and points out some pieces in the featured arrangement created solely.....

more winter colors sold thanks to wet weather

NL: Weather affects choice of color of tulips

Spring officially started, but until now 2017 is mainly characterized by strong winds and rain. The influence of the wet weather is also reflected in sales of tulips. Tulips specialist BloemenLatenBezorgen.nl compared sales data for the months of February and March in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and found that the.....
Artemis on EU policies and legislation

EU: Introduction green crop protection products is tricky

The Dutch and EU policy calls for 'green' crop protection to increasingly replace the chemical plant protection. For several years this was the policy, but the legislation, the EU regulation 1107/2009, is too unmanageable in the implementation to actually introduce more ‘green’ products faster onto the.....

India: Orchids catch fancy of south Gujarat farmers

After Dutch roses and gerbera flowers, now orchids have caught the fancy of many farmers in south Gujarat. Currently, over 70% of the orchids in India are imported from Thailand.With Gujarat government's horticulture department providing subsidy up to Rs 38 lakh (60,000 USD) to orchid growers, a number of.....

US (NJ): Federal funding for promotion of local ag products

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for 2018 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants. “We welcome the opportunity to provide this federal funding for the research and promotion of specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, trees, plants.....

Online channel increasingly popular in the UK

More and more Brits buy flowers online. That is the conclusion of our UK country report. “We expect this trend to keep increasing. The internet is becoming increasingly popular,” predicts market specialist Josephine Klapwijk of Royal FloraHolland.In 2010 only 3 percent of British consumers bought flowers.....

World Floral Expo pre-registered attendees up 50%

"USA cut flower industry needs imports"

World Floral Expo is the right show to attend when sourcing fresh cut flowers for the US market that are grown both inside and outside the USA. Although California is the main state where high quality flowers are being grown and distributed from, availability of some types of flowers keep depending on.....

Air France KLM reports boost in flower shipments

Air France KLM Cargo recorded a boost in flower volumes over the last five weeks on the back of demand for Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day.The Franco Dutch airline handled around 5,000 tonnes of flowers from countries like Kenya, Ecuador and Colombia during the last five weeks.The carrier said.....

Japan’s cut flower imports peaking

Japan’s imports of cut flowers are peaking amid the fiscal year-end season and ahead of the March 17 start of the biannual higan week, when many Japanese people visit the graves of their ancestors.Tokyo Customs officers at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, were busy with.....

Dutch trade mission to US and Canada

From Tuesday, July 11th through Tuesday, July 18th 2017, a Dutch trade mission will visit the leading horticultural regions of British Columbia and Washington State. The mission focuses on both floriculture and horticulture. The trade mission will clarify the market opportunities and will network with local.....

US: Leadership changes in Congressional Cut Flower Caucus

Changes in Congress mean changes in leadership. This includes the leadership of the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus that was launched by a bipartisan effort of Congresswoman Lois Capps and Congressman Duncan Hunter in 2014. Since its inception, the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus has grown to include four.....

March 13-14

US: Flower industry gears up for Congressional Action Days

Asking Congress to keep flowers affordable, protect floriculture’s workforce and invest in floral research is what 119 retailers, growers, wholesalers and suppliers from 30 states, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Colombia will do on behalf of the floral industry as part of the Society of American.....

infographic Royal FloraHolland

"French and British florists mainly sell Dutch flowers"

Florists still buy a lot of flowers and plants from Holland. That goes especially for France and the UK. Germany is a little more self-sufficient and uses mainly home-grown products. These are some of the conclusions we can draw from the Royal FloraHolland Quarterly Florist Survey, held in 2016 in the.....

Women's Day:

Russians flock to the flower markets

It is International Women's Day, a very important holiday in Russia, where women are usually praised with lots of flowers. Millions of Russians rushed to markets and shops to get fresh flowers. "The flower markets are very crowded and people were even queuing up at the doors of the markets as early as an.....

UK: Spring has sprung at New Covent Garden

Spring has well and truly sprung at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month. And you'll find pockets of the intoxicating scent of homegrown narcissi greeting you on many stands.As well as this vibrant yellow and orange variety from the Isles of Scilly called ‘Hugh Town’, there's Paperwhite and.....

Seminar video: Chilean Plant Biodiversity

If you missed the recent Cornell Horticulture Section seminar Chilean Plant Biodiversity with Mark Bridgen, professor, Horticulture Section, and students from PLHRT 4950 (Plant Biodiversity), it is available online.Learn more about the group’s trip at the Biodiversity in Chile blog.

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.....

1.7 billion flower cuts to be produced in Iran by year-end

2.2 million tons of vegetables will be produced in Iran along with some 1.7 billion flower cuts by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2017), registering close to a 31% and 25.2% growth respectively compared with last year.This was announced by Mohammad Kiaei, an official with the Agriculture.....

Traders talking

Women's Day 2017 is great boost for Dutch flower export

This year's International Women's Day on March 8 is a greater boost for the export of flowers and plants from the Netherlands. This in contrast to last year when Women’s Day resulted in little additional turnover.Wholesalers note that the trading mood in the run-up to International Women's Day is good,.....

Luuk Wijnhold, Business Development Manager PostNL

NL: Where are the opportunities for the online floriculture sector?

"For the ornamental industry there are plenty of options when it comes to online business models. Earlier I already wrote about interesting e-commerce business models from other sectors. How could floriculture learn from them? There are many infinitely interesting examples that are a great source of.....

Kees Lakerveld, 2FX Treasury, on opportunities for Dutch horticulture

Iran - how realistic are the opportunities?

Iran is 'hot'. I regularly read articles in the media about the potential of the country. A country with 80 million inhabitants that has come to a standstill for years as a result of the sanctions. If you consider that Iran is surrounded by 15 countries where also the necessary (re)building should take.....

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.....

"Poor planning hurting Pakistan’s floriculture sector"

Despite having a huge potential of producing good quality flowers, Pakistan’s floriculture share in the international market is negligible owing to ill-planning and lack of awareness among the growers.This was said by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan. He was.....

Dutch investors explore opportunities in Rwanda

On March 01, 2017, a Dutch delegation led by Marjolijn Sonnema, the Vice Minister of Agriculture – Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands visited the National Agricultural Export Development Board as a part of their two-day visit to Rwanda that aims at exploring potential agricultural investment.....

Kenya: BBC investigates sexual harassment at flower farms

Female flower pickers in Kenya can face many hardships in their work - often finding themselves victims of sexual harassment or earning a wage so low they struggle to get by - but initiatives are in place to try to improve the workers' rights, BBC News reports.As Julia prepares for the start of the working.....

US: Five-year pattern shows uptick in Valentine’s Day buyers

Last month, more American adults bought floral gifts for Valentine’s Day and they also spent more on average per transaction.Twenty-nine percent of American adults bought flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day, according to a new consumer survey, conducted for the Society of American Florists by.....

US: Supreme Court won't review online florist sales tax

An online florist’s sales tax challenge won’t ripen at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the company’s attorneys urged justices to reshape sales tax law for the e-commerce age.American Business USA Corp., which has its headquarters in Florida, argued that the state Department of Revenue couldn’t require sales.....

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,.....

Room for greenhouse development in Newfoundland

Newfoundland might not be the first place to think of when discussing greenhouse agriculture. Nonetheless, a group of local entrepreneurs and national professionals came together in St. Johns from February 21 to 23 for the Newfoundland Greenhouse Conference. "Although the greenhouse industry is small, it is.....

Valentine's Day assures revenue growth for Royal FloraHolland

Period 2 of 2017 was good for 3.5% more revenue than this time last year due to the great sales around Valentine's Day.In the run up to Valentine's Day, Royal FloraHolland realised in week 6 the highest weekly turnover ever achieved at the auction. In the first and last weeks of the period, the revenue.....

Australia: Nursery investment priorities open for public comment

The nursery industry is being encouraged to review the recently released draft Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) and provide feedback on the marketing and Research and Development (R&D) priorities being set for the next five years.The SIP is the roadmap that helps to guide investment of the nursery.....

Australia: Wholesale flower market comes to Newcastle

Newcastle looks set to get its own wholesale flower market, allowing the region’s florists to source blooms from local growers rather than travel to Sydney.Businesswoman Jessica Eckford-Aguilera is in negotiations with the Newcastle City Markets at Sandgate, which sells wholesale fruit and vegetables from.....

PMA:

"Wedding flowers present opportunity for retailers"

Supermarket floral departments are competing to offer unique, quality products at a reasonable price in the wedding sector. This means catering to couples who want all the traditional frills as well as Wedding Flowers DIY wedding flower ideas. Pricing for unique floral designs – when the product is only a.....

Tanzanian President John Magufuli:

"EPA trade deal with Europe is a form of colonialism"

Tanzanian President John Magufuli Sunday described the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as a “form of colonialism”, dampening the country's possibility of signing the deal with the European Union (EU).“It is bad for our country,” Dr Magufuli affirmed.Addressing a joint press conference with visiting.....

Vietnam: Flower trading centre to be set up in HCM City

This year, the Sai Gon Trading Group (SATRA) plans to open a flower trading centre at Binh Dien Wholesale Market on an area of 14 hectares at a cost of 700billion VND (31 million USD).The centre will have market stalls for rent and provide many convenient services.Next year, the centre will also coordinate.....

WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the.....

US (MI): Holland officials say it’s too early to worry about the tulips

As area temperatures continue to be above average for this time of year, farmers across the region have been impacted. Whether it is the blueberry farmers or vegetable farmers, the impact is seen everywhere.As for Holland's signature, the tulip? It is still too early to tell if there will be issues.Susan.....

New disbud potted mum series of Dümmen Orange

Combining three colors year round with Cosmo

The disbud potted chrysanthemum used to be a seasonal product, but can now also be cultivated year round and can even be combined and grown in one container. Last year, this so called Cosmo potted mum series was introduced by Dümmen Orange and the first plants were put on the market by the Dutch growers.....

Romania: Flower demand up for Valentine’s Day, Dragobete

Magnolia flower shop, a major retailer on the Romanian market, posted an 180 percent increase in demand for Valentine’s Day and Dragobete. The flower shop offers its customers the option to order flowers both in its shops as well as online, both in Romania and abroad. On Valentine’s Day, the most popular.....

US (CA): Growers wrestle with wet, cloudy conditions

Intense rain in central and northern California is complicating logistics for some flower growers, but it’s the cloudy conditions that are affecting production, say some area growers.In Encinitas, Mike Mooney, sales manager at Dramm & Echter, said that cloudy weather — not rain — has decreased gerbera.....

US (CA): Carpinteria Valley flower industry shifting toward marijuana

Forty-five years ago, Dutch immigrants began arriving in the Carpinteria Valley to escape strict government regulations in the flower-growing business. But now, since dabbling in the morphing marijuana industry, they are begging to be regulated.Growers say the once successful flower trade in Carpinteria has.....