Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora

Kenyan growers looking to broaden transportation horizons

"Luckily, the Dutch auctions have opened up, but due to the high freight rates, we cannot increase volumes", says Sachin Appachu, general manager at Kenyan rose farm Bliss Flora. Currently he can send 25 to 30% of his flowers to the auction and about 5-10% to the direct market. As the airfreight…

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…

Pöppelmann on how they were/are dealing with the COVID-19 impact

"The corona crisis hit us hard"

The abrupt closure and reopening of garden centres have not only been a challenge for the growers, they have also been for companies supplying the industry. German plastic pot and tray manufacturer Pöppelmann Teku for example tells us how they were and still are dealing with the negative impact of the pandemic on their sales of…

The Mobile Flower Boutique will drive through various auctions

Fabelicious dried roses: taking the show on the road

In the next 10 weeks, the mobile flower boutique of Fabelicious will drive through the various auctions. The program includes auction Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg, but also Auction Herongen and Ede, with the aim of providing everyone in the horticultural sector with knowledge of the Fabelicious…

Clematis Amazing Havana

Marginpar's new clematis a hit on social media

A new cut clematis is on the market for less than a week and it is already a hit among many European, Eastern European and British florists and designers on social media. Words like ‘stunning', ‘amazing’ ‘beautiful’, ‘gorgeous colour’, and ‘magnifique’ are used to describe the variety and some even call…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers with the same need of irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to do add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer…

Growing Cyclamen under high light levels

During periods with high light levels there is an aspect of the culture of Cyclamen that is underestimated: the temperature of the leaves of Cyclamen. What is the situation of plants that are active and in a normal light level? The leaf temperature is at a level just below the air temperature. This is the…

VanWingerden International

"We consider our agribusiness workers to be critical no matter what"

The greenhouses at VanWingerden International (VWI) in Mills River are nearly empty, but it’s not because business has fallen off. “Right now, we’re shipping all our ornamental flowers to Lowe’s and Ingles,” explains Range Manager James Cantrell. “This is one of the few times of year when you can…

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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…

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Edible plant Physalis Puraviana in a sustainable cultivation pot

The first plastic-free Physalis Peruviana (with the Cape gooseberry) from Mulders Sierteelt from Middelbeers (Netherlands) was launched. This concept, with the sustainable Bolayo cultivation pot, was nominated for the Greennovation Award in September 2019. Now, this new innovative concept is for sale for…

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Irish vertical farming Agtech start-up Farmony signs European distribution agreement

Irish Agtech company Farmony has signed a European distribution deal with Sananbio for their vertical farming Radix systems. The Dublin based startup, established in 2018, will incorporate Sananbio’s technology into their controlled environment vertical farming solutions.  “As our climate continues to change…

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Smart software reduces high-touch and low-value interactions

To some it makes perfect sense, to others maybe less. Dutch people, like Scandinavians, for example, would generally look for the webshop first. If they can't find what they were looking for, they might ask. But if you go a little further south, or for example to a country like Brazil, buyers often send…

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Strict hygiene measures secure global coco coir supply

Thanks to the efforts of various Sri Lankan coco peat producers, the export of coir and substrate can continue. “We’re strictly following the rules of the public health care organisations and are allowed and able to continue business”, Shan Halamba, CEO of Riococo says. “It’s important to us to continue…

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Danish companies join forces on sustainable fuel project

Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller - Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted have formed the first partnership of its kind to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area. This new partnership brings together the…

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"Ready to harvest and ship"

Guatemala: Take a peek at the Dümmen Orange Antigua facility

Dummen Orange Guatemala is also dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, but the good news is that they, from their Antigua and Oro propagation facilities, are able to operate and export, delivering the cuttings to the grower's doorstep by FedEx. "We take utmost care of our people, but also of our production…

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Blue Daze named Texas Superstar

A time-tested Lone Star favorite – Blue Daze – has been added to the list of Texas Superstar plants. Brent Pemberton, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton, said Blue Daze has been a long-time ornamental favorite of gardeners and landscapers and deserves the designation. The latest Texas…

Packaging more »

Koen Pack presents new cardboard buckets for shelf presentation

To meet the sustainability demand, Koen Pack is now introducing patented 8 and 10 liter cardboard buckets. "Due to their unique design and their natural look, the buckets are ideal to use as transport bucket and for instore presentations at the same time", they state in a press release. FSC quality markThe…

Novelties more »

Peace Boat

Roses cultivated by A-bomb survivor gifted to actress promoting peace

Roses of a new variety cultivated by a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, or "hibakusha," were sent as a gift to peace-promoting actress Sahel Rosa in the Japanese capital from a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on May 23. Sahel Rosa, an Iran-born actress based in…

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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UK: Belfast garden centre owner 'relieved' at orderly reopening after coronavirus lockdown restrictions

The owner of a Belfast garden centre has spoken of his relief at an orderly reopening following lockdown. There was steady stream of customers at Hillmount Garden Centre on Monday morning, but no long queues. Owner Robin Mercer said he was delighted at how things had gone. “I’m very very happy at how it…

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Flower Expo China presents expert advisor

Ms. Zhou Shiming, Chairman of Guangdong Shengyin Flower Horticulture Co., Ltd. accepts the invitation of the organizer (Grandeur International Exhibition Group) to be an expert advisor for the Flower Expo China 2020, providing industry policies, market trends, technologies and other related consultations…

Memorial Day Flowers

US (MI): Despite event cancellation, soldiers honored with roses

In honor of fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, many people laid roses on grave sites at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Elisha Hodge and Bryan Mayes, owners of Plumeria Botanical Boutique in Battle Creek, led the 2020 Memorial Day Flowers event by bringing 500 roses to the cemetery. “It can be…


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