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Friday, May 29, 2020

Neil Alcock, Seiont Nurseries

UK: "The market has changed for good"

"The first week of the lockdown was horrible with orders being cancelled everywhere", says UK plug and liner producer Neil Alcock of Seiont Nurseries. However, as internet sales skyrocketed and van deliveries started up, they were able to gain back sales. "All in all, April has been very good for us and…

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U.S. mass-market floral industry explores sea transport, use of consolidation centers

The popularity of sea shipping is on the rise for several years now and the COVID-19 crisis seem to fuel this trend. During the May 27 virtual Floral Roundtable hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), floral retailers, growers, transportation and processing experts discussed logistics of sea…

Terra Nova Nurseries announces new installment of variety video series

Terra Nova Nurseries has released three brand-new videos as part of its 2020 “Terra Nova Varieties View” series. This installment in the ongoing series showcases three of the company’s noteworthy perennial varieties, including Heuchera ‘Paris’, Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ and Heucherella ‘Indigo Frost’.…

Greenside Garden Centre

Garden centres re-opening in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that garden centres will be allowed to re-open Friday 29 May as part of Phase 1 of its strategy for exiting lockdown. Scotland is one of the last countries in Europe to re-open its garden centres. Garden centres in Wales and England re-opened more than two weeks ago,…

Desch give plants added value with colour

More than 140 colours now in free digital booklet

Match pot colours to fashion trends. Desch Epla started the trend years ago and is still very successful to this day. Now all 140 colours can be viewed in a digital booklet at Twice a year, Desch's marketers are inspired by trend watcher Hilde Francq of Francq…

Syngenta Flowers

Syngenta Flowers launches Virtual Tour

In week 25, Syngenta Flowers will launch the Virtual Tour, a unique digital trials exhibition. This online venue showcases the newest introductions, core product, brands and best sellers. Access to the Syngenta Flowers Virtual Tour is free and open 24/7 and registration can be done easily through…

Spain: "Before the housing bubble, there was a cut flower bubble"

Miguel Lázaro, a flower grower from Cádiz, predicted the consequences that the health crisis would have on the flower sector, and switched from ornamental plants to watermelon cultivation when the coronavirus was giving its first blows. However, many other flower growers in the province who continued…

Deliflor Chrysanten launches ‘3D Digi Delishow’

Online platform to see the new chrysanthemums in 3D

Due to the corona crisis, the Delishow, the flower trials that Deliflor Chrysanten normally organises for its international customers and which takes place in the same week as the FlowerTrials, cannot take place in the usual way. To still give these customers a chance to get a close-up look at the new…

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Jackson & Perkins

The story behind a rose that blooms at Disneyland

This story is about a particular flower at Disneyland, a rose. It’s not just any rose though, it’s the Disneyland Rose. Disney recently shared with Inside the Magic the story of this rose and why it is the perfect floral representation of Disneyland. This bloom embodies Disney magic and hope. Lisa…

Cultivation more »

From the nursery to the roof top:

Climate protection thanks to living plants

Plants are natural air conditioning systems. They store water, only to release it again in a well-dosed manner. Thanks to innovative solutions from horticultural companies from North Rhine-Westphalia and elsewhere, it is child's play to 'green' roofs in cities and municipalities. Their climate protection…

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Gerben van der Knaap, Bosman Van Zaal:

"Soil energy system certificate prevents people from tinkering around"

The BRL6000-21 certificate gives Bosman Van Zaal the authority to design and install the above-ground part of a soil energy system. The certification, required by the Dutch government, must guarantee the quality of soil energy systems. "It prevents people from tinkering around," says Engineer Gerben van…

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Van der Knaap Group:

Coco production resumed

The past few months the outbreak of Covid-19 led to Van der Knaap production locations in Sri Lanka, India and the Dominican Republic remaining closed till further notice. The production at the Growrite sites has been resumed.  Safety first“Thanks to the various authorities and after good consultation, Van der Knaap Group has received…

Fertilizers more »

How does mycorrhizal symbiotic colonization work?

This 3 minute video provides an overview of how the mycorrhizal symbiotic colonization works, and how this symbiotic relationship benefits plants and soils. Learn how MycoApply mycorrhizal inoculant products work: For more information:Mycorrhizal ApplicationsPO Box 1029Grants Pass, OR 97528Toll Free: 866-476-7800Phone:…

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Effective IPM using four BioSecure HACCP procedures

Performing a cost benefit analysis on the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in production nurseries is one of the objectives of the levy funded project…

Young plants more »

For mother stock location in Ethiopia and rooting facility in the Netherlands

Beekenkamp obtains Fairtrade certificate for poinsettia

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals officially obtained the Fairtrade certificate for their poinsettia mother stock location in Ethiopia and their rooting facility in the…

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RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade revealed

Each year at Chelsea the RHS invites the public to vote for their favourites in different areas of the show. The winner of each category is the choice that receives the most votes and wins the coveted People’s Choice award. There are two awards for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade. The first is…

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Australia: Closing the loop on polypropylene (PP5)

As the Australian Government seeks to deal with the nation’s waste onshore as a result of the Chinese ‘ban’, our greenlife industry is leading the way by closing the loop on polypropylene (PP5).   by Gabrielle Stannus   In 2018 China’s “National Sword” policy banned the import of most plastics and other materials headed for that nation’s…

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Juan Damian Requena, Continental Breeding, on new rose variety Bromo

Named after a volcano, acts like a volcano

Named after a volcano, not only because of its shiny orange color, but also because of its aggressive agronomic characteristics, which shows constant results in the 3 test sites worldwide (Kenya, Colombia and Ecuador). The rose in question is Bromo, a new tea hybrid variety of Continental Breeding, a…

Machines more »

Meet Robin, RoboRobin

Bosman Van Zaal’s new factory is filled with modern machines and is part of the implementation of Industry 4.0 at the company in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. In the series #BVZIndustry40, the machines are introduced one by one, in which the RoboRobin is front and center. The RoboRobin is a bending cell with a press brake that…

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Greenlife Industry Australia President's Report May 2020

Flying a kite

This month, rather than reporting on what has happened in the last few weeks, I want to start a conversation. I want to hear your thoughts, so please email me at…

"Huge demand" for Indian roses in Europe, Middle East

Although roses are in demand throughout the year, they fetch a higher price from Christmas season onwards extending up to New Year and more particularly on Valentine's Day…

Thomas Jurkowski

Tanzania horticulture exports hurt by border closures

Horticulture is one of Tanzania’s economic pillars, but now the closure of the border between Tanzania and Kenya has hit Dar’s horticulture sector - due to long delays at the…

State House Kenya

Doing business in Kenya: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Kenya. The Dutch government provides an overview of useful information intended for everyone involved with agribusiness in Kenya. The agriculture team of the Netherlands embassy can answer further questions via…


Vicky Nuttall, GIMA

"Let's come out of this situation stronger as the sector re-awakens"

As I write this column we’ve just had confirmation that garden centres in England and Wales can reopen which is great news for all concerned, and hopefully Scotland and Northern Ireland won’t be too far behind. But where does that leave us for the rest of the season? What will be the ‘new normal’ for…

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New CEO for Agaris

Growing Media Europe elects new chairman

Growing Media Europe (GME)'s Chairman Mr. Stefaan Vandaele ceased his position from 25 May 2020, since he left Agaris Belgium in his function as CEO. In order to make the next…

Greenlife Industry Australia provides Foundation Member opportunity

  Greenlife Industry Australia are offering  the opportunity to become a ‘Foundation Member’.   This is a one time opportunity to become a Foundation Member as this member category will not be offered…

Logistics more »

Kenya Airports Authority

Boost for Kenyan exporters as airline freight charges drop by 50%

Freight charges at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have come down by almost half due to increased capacity of airlines amid declining demand for cargo, giving exporters a huge boost, Business Daily reports.   


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